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Public Transportation in Flores

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Mastering the public transportation system in Flores is a crucial aspect of adapting to life there. This article provides a detailed overview of the available local transit options.

Flores, a picturesque island town located in the northern region of the country, offers a variety of public transportation options for both locals and expats. The most common forms of public transportation in Flores include tuk-tuks, colectivos (shared vans), and boats. With these options, it's entirely possible for an expat to live comfortably in Flores without a car, relying on public transportation and walking.

Tuk-Tuks

Tuk-tuks are three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that are a common sight in Flores. They are a quick and affordable way to get around the island and the surrounding areas. Tuk-tuks are generally safe to use at any time of the day, and they are a popular choice for women traveling alone or children going to school. The cost of a tuk-tuk ride in Flores is usually around 5 Quetzales (less than a dollar), making it a budget-friendly option. However, it's important to agree on the fare before starting the journey to avoid any misunderstandings.

Colectivos

Colectivos, or shared vans, are another popular form of public transportation in Flores. They operate on fixed routes and are a convenient way to travel to nearby towns and attractions. Colectivos are generally safe, but they can get crowded, especially during peak hours. The cost of a colectivo ride varies depending on the distance, but it's usually between 10 and 20 Quetzales (around $1 to $3). Colectivos are a great way to experience local life and interact with the locals.

Boats

Given that Flores is an island, boats are a unique and enjoyable form of public transportation. They are used to travel to and from the mainland and to explore the surrounding areas of Lake Petén Itzá. Boat rides are generally safe and offer stunning views of the lake and the island. The cost of a boat ride varies depending on the distance and the number of passengers, but it's usually around 10 Quetzales (about $1) for a short trip. It's worth noting that boat services may be limited during the rainy season.

Walking

Walking is also a viable option in Flores, especially for those living on the island. The town is small enough to be explored on foot, and walking allows you to take in the charming colonial architecture and vibrant street life at your own pace. The streets of Flores are generally safe, but it's always a good idea to stay alert and aware of your surroundings, especially at night.

In conclusion, public transportation in Flores, Guatemala is affordable, accessible, and diverse. Whether you're hopping on a tuk-tuk, catching a colectivo, taking a boat ride, or simply walking, getting around Flores without a car is not only possible but also a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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