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El Remate and around

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On the eastern shore of Lago de Petén Itzá, the tranquil village of EL REMATE lies midway between Flores and Tikal. The lake is a beautiful turquoise here and swimming is wonderful – an extremely welcome idea after a sweaty morning climbing jungle temples. It’s a lovely place to take a break from the rigours of the road, with little traffic and a lot of nature to enjoy, including the adjacent Biotopo Cerro Cahuí forest reserve.

There are several high-quality artisan workshops on the lakeshore that sell beautifully carved wooden handicrafts; stop by Artesanía Ecológical to see expert carver Rolando Soto at work.

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