As a student on the island of Flores, you can:
During breaks and in your free time, take a swim in the warm waters of Lake Petén Itza to escape the heat.
Take a boat ride
Stroll along the shoreline and wait for a boatsman to invite you for a ride on the lake to visit one of the nearby villages. (Have a look at some suggested activities around the lake!)
Play basketball or soccer with the locals at the Central Park in the afternoon or evening during your free time. Gain a different perspective of Flores by taking a ride around the island in a canoe, which you can rent on the west side of the island. Challenge yourself and count the number of times you can jog around the island. Rent a bike and explore your surroundings! Your options are endless.
Dos Mundos puts a strong emphasis on social projects. Join us on our weekly visits to the nursing home "Dulce Refugio" or the orphanage "Santo Domingo". Whether chatting with the elderly or playing with the children, these are great opportunities to work on your Spanish skills. Don't be shy, join the fun!
Visit traditional shops
Visit traditional craft shops of indigenous Mayans, who have moved from their homes in the highlands to the island of Flores, to listen to their stories or watch them weave their famous, brightly colored traditional clothing. These native people constitute over half of the population of Guatemala are undoubtedly one of the best sources for learning about Guatemalan culture.
Experience the culture
Stop by the dyed white church of Flores, which rises majestically into the sky on the bank at the center of the island. Visit the adjacent building, the "Centro de Informaciones sobre la Naturaleza, Cultura y Artesanías de Petén (CIN-CAP)," an interesting museum and information center in the ancient "Castillo de Arismendi" (Castle of Arismendi).
Watch a movie
Participate in our movie night, one of the student activities offered during the week. Watch a movie on the big screen at the modern cinema, which is currently under construction in Santa Elena.
Peruse the traditional markets and supermarkets in the bustling towns of Santa Elena and San Benito, two towns often also referred to as “Flores,” which are directly across the bridge from the island. Watch the hustle and bustle on a market day or visit the modern mall on the outskirts of Santa Elena. For those running low on cash or in need of exchanging their money, we suggest visiting one of the many banks in Santa Elena.
Try the great variety of Guatemalan and international dishes served in the numerous restaurants on the island. For culinary connoisseurs and fish enthusiasts, we recommend the "Pescado Blanco," a delicious fish found only on Lake Petén.
Book a Mayan tour
Consider Flores your gateway to the Mayan World. Book a tour to one of the many available Mayan sites.
Watch the sunset
Admire Flores' beautiful sunsets. Sit on the beach while the sun changes and paints a picture-perfect sky just for you.