Located an hour south of Flores is the town of Poptun, an uneventful stop if not for the Finca Ixobel located on the outskirts of town. If you’ve been on the road for months or have just started traveling the Finca Ixobel is a great place to relax for a few days or even a few weeks. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy or you can just hang out by the pond. There are accommodations for every price range, from slinging a hammock in a palapa to renting a self contained house. The Finca Ixobel really does have it all for the budget traveler and it has to be my favorite place to wind down and get off the road.
Located in the Peten jungle of Northern Guatemala are the impressive and expansive Mayan ruins of Tikal. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage site, it was one of the largest Mayan cities in the pre-Columbian Mayan realm and the site was used as a rebel base in Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Apart from ruins you will also have the opportunity to see plenty of jungle wildlife at Tikal including Howler Monkeys, Coatimundi and Scarlet Macaws. The Tikal ruins are a worthwhile side trip if you only have a day and even better if you can spare a few.