Flores is a small island in the North of Guatemala. It seriously looks epic from above so I sourced a photo on Flickr so I could show you (I’m getting a drone shortly). The buildings have been painted a variety of bright colors and the cobblestone roads made me feel like I was back in Antigua or even somewhere in Europe.
Most people come to Flores as a base for their exploration of the Mayan ruins at Tikal. However, aside from the good vibes and fun at Los Amigos Hostel there is another awesome adventure in the area.
Pay one of the boatmen waiting by the lake 25 Quetzal or $4 USD and he will ferry you across the lake to the rope swing. I had heard about the swing and wasn’t quite sure what to expect having seen no photos or videos.
When we arrived, I laid my eyes on an adventurer’s playground. A 6-meter wooden diving board and an epic rope swing were the main attractions. A thatched hut with chairs, hammocks was set up the side for the ultimate chill spot. The family who lives here charges just 10 Quetzal for entry. Not more, not less if you jump a million times or just one. I loved that because I was planning to jump a lot and some tourist spots charge you per activity.
The family also cook some bomb nachos and offer drinks, beers and other snacks for order throughout the day. Jorge the owner is a friendly guy who wanted a photo with me when I left. I think it was the beard connection.
I met a crazy dutch guy called Sander. Well we had the same attitude but people tell me I am crazy all the time so let’s just say we were both crazy. We pushed the limits of the rope swing, launching from high up on the hill and the release point must have been at least 10-meters in the air at some points!
I threw down a few backflips from the board and Sander took it to the next level as I snapped a few photos.
If you aren’t in a rush to just see Tikal and leave Flores immediately this is for sure a spot you have to check out. It’s inexpensive and such a great to hang out with a group of friends or to meet new ones like me!
The sunset cruise back wasn’t too bad either…