........The little island
in the Lago de Pet�n Itz�, Flores, was a major ceremonial center for
the Mayan people. Prior to the arrival of the Spaniards in Guatemala,
it was chuck full of pyramids, idols and temples. And, we all know
what those God-fearing Spanish felt about that! When they took over
the island in 1607, anything that didn't hail Mary didn't survive.
They left no trace, zip, nada!
feared in peak tourist season, with all the travelers on their way
it might be hard -- and expensive -- to get a hotel. Well, it looked
that way when I did an online search. The island was a backpacker
haven with a lot of budget places for travelers from all
corners of Guatemala and the world. My room was nothing special
at all, but I had wireless access, a shower, a private room and semi-cleanliness.
town had multicolored houses with ornate doors and windows lining
the winding roads that circled the island. It didn't take long to
explore the town and get a feel of the place. One lap only took about
twenty minutes. Of course, my search brought me to the Catholic church,
naturally at the top of the island's hill.