If you’re taking in Tikal’s ruins and rainforest, you’ll likely stay in this lakeside town on the shores of Guatemala’s Petén Itzá lake. Flores is the main jumping-off point for Tikal’s spectacular Mayan ruins – whose temple-top platforms hover over a seemingly endless rainforest canopy – and the capital of Guatemala’s wild Petén department. It sits in and around jewel-like Petén Itzá lake, with a thread-like causeway connecting the waterborne old town with the shoreside suburb. It’s not just hotels that entice you to stay a while: the lake is an important wildlife haven, with crocodiles basking in the shallows and the surrounding rainforest flutters with macaws and spider monkeys in the trees.