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Lac Peten Itza

Lac Peten Itza (Guatemala)

Practical information about Lac Peten Itza

  • Lake
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
8 hrs by bus from Chetumal (Mexico)
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Lac Peten Itza

Kalagan Travel writer
8 travel articles

A beautiful, must-see lake on the road to Tikal and archaeological sites in Peten.

My suggestion:
Don't go swimming... or at least avoid swallowing a mouthful of water! Enjoy the sunsets, which can be particularly stunning, especially from the balconies and terraces of some lakeside restaurants and hotels.
Summary:

Peten Itza is one of Guatemala's "great" lakes, the third largest in surface area, behind Lake Izabal and Lake Atitlan. Anyone travelling to Guatemala and entering the country from Chetumal (Mexico) and/or Belize will have the pleasure, like me, of enjoying the sight of its magnificent sunsets. The two most common places for tourists to stay are Flores Island and the village of El Remate.

I spent a few days there in September 2012, during my first venture onto Guatemalan territory, staying in Flores, a festive and lively place, without being excessive.

Trips on small motorboats ("lanchas") are offered; we were happy to just splash about in the lake and dive... Please be aware: nobody will tell you, but the lake is very polluted. A friend, who was with me on this trip, has sensitive skin... and she acquired some fungi!

View of Lake Peten Itza from El Remate
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