Petencito Zoo Tours
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The Petencito Zoo, located on two small islands just east of Flores, offers visitors the chance to encounter local wildlife such as ocelots, pumas, jaguars, spider monkeys, lizards, and crocodiles.
A suspension bridge connects the two islands. Colorful native birds such as the scarlet macaw and toucan can also be spotted here. The zoo maintains various forested trails to walk through as you look for the animals, and several local trees and shrubs can be seen throughout.
Signs in Spanish, English, and Mayan identify the different species. A visit to the zoo grants the opportunity to see the local wildlife from a much closer perspective. Expansive views of the surrounding lake add to the scenery and experience. One trail leads up to a treehouse outlook of the water and surrounding jungle. There are concrete water slides that lead into the lake, though some advise against their use.
The Petencito Zoo can be reached via cayuco (small motorized boat) hired from Flores. It is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. Admission is 40 Guatemalan Quetzel. Camping is permitted.
Address: Lake Peten Itza, Santa Elena, Flores, Guatemala
Hours: Open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.
Admission: Admission: 40 Guatemalan Quetzel
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Experience a close encounter with Guatemala’s wildlife on this 4-hour back-to-nature tour from Flores. Spend time exploring the lush surrounds of the Petén Itza lake, one of the largest in Guatemala, then take in the views from the Mirador Canek lookout. After a stop in San Miguel village, take a closer peek at the country’s wildlife at the Petencito Zoo, where the many animal residents include jaguars, crocodiles, spider monkeys and ocelots.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Petencito Zoo hours of operation?
Petencito Zoo hours of operation: Open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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