Unwrap the folded-and-tied, plantain leaf-wrapped corn of ‘Colorado’ tamales at dinner in Flores and you’ll find tomato and annato seed result in the bright colour of their name. Mixed with raisins, chili and meat, these tamales are the local variety of a typical Central American meal, and tasty to boot. Sweet tamales of fruit and nut often have their corn wrap darkened by the addition of chocolate and are a perfect snack for your travels. The tiny island town of Flores in the middle of Lago Petén Itzá is the picturesque gateway to the Tikal ruins, and its colourful houses and cobblestone streets make it an ideal base for exploring the ruins and natural surrounds. Make sure you’ve a full belly first!