Jorge’s Rope Swing is a hidden gem near the town of Flores in Guatemala. With diving boards, rope swings and cabanas for relaxing this lakeside location is the perfect day trip.
Flores is a small island in the North of Guatemala. 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. It was the last stop on my two-week Guatemala backpacking route.
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 known as Jorge’s Rope Swing.
HOW TO GET TO JORGE’S ROPE SWING
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.
ARRIVING TO JORGE’S ROPE SWING
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 were 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 whipped up some great nachos and offers 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. 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.
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If you aren’t in a rush to just see Tikal before leaving 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…
I hope you enjoyed this short guide about Jorge’s Rope Swing spot in Flores, Guatemala
Thursday 11th of May 2017
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