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    Van from Tikal

    by clmetal Written Jul 27, 2006

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    Drivers in Belize will generally only drive you to the border. You walk across a dead Belize side to see a crowded Guatemala side. If you speak Spanish, you can look for a driver. We paid $85 an adult, and half for kids. Persons over 12 also have to pay $18.75 to leave Belize.

    Our hotel (Cajal Pech) drove us to the border, and we had a bilingual employee of theirs for the day. She approached a van driver she knew and picked up a tour guide for us. They also paid our park entrance and lunch. Well worth it

    The two hour trip to Tikal is interesting and half of it is on dirt roads.

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    Shuttle Bus to Tikal

    by Babzz Written Jul 20, 2006

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    Any of the Tour Agencies in Flores will be happy to arrange transportation to the park. Buses leave starting early in the morning and the last bus returns shortly after the park closes at 6 pm. Be forewarned, you probably won't catch the sunrise even if you take the earliest bus: buses are never on time in Guatemala, and the ride to the park is long.

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    Avoiding the Beaten Tourist Routes

    by atufft Updated Apr 3, 2006

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    A lot of people fly in to Tikal because of it's remote location--a sinful way to avoid the hard realities of real life in my opinion. But, then the routes from Guatemala City are heavily trafficked as well. The problem is that the roads between the Mexican Yucatan and Guatamala's Mayan ruins are rarely traveled even by the locals, and are largely fit only for a 4x4 vehicle--a costly rental alternative. On my Flores and Sayaxche pages, I recommend lodging and routes that connect to Tikal fairly handily, and so I recommend reading those pages. These routes also have the advantage of access to the Mayan highlands, so that mixing ruins and cultural adventure is quite feasible in a short trip. These areas of Peten are low on tourism even during high season, and yet regular bus transportation available. Better take these routes before the asphalt ribbon is complete.

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    Air Travel is a Bit More Adventurous Here

    by Ken_Weaver Written Mar 15, 2006

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    Our Team preparing to board on way to Tikal
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    Our group waited 4 hours for a fierce rainstorm to subside. Soon the plane arrived and taxied in to a hanger. A 70 year old man and a 5 year old boy go out to the plane with a can and are doing something with the front wheel assembly of the plane....this made me a bit nervous! Then the plane was refueled and manually turned around and we were allowed to board. We are about 10,000 feet and 20 minutes out of Guatemala City and the whole ceiling assembly falls on to our shoulders and head! The lady pilot put the plane on automatic pilot and comes back to request our assistance in replacing the panel that covers wires and control above our heads...of course, we assisted! Fortunately, the rest of the flight was "normal" as was the return flight.

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    The Road to Tikal

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 8, 2006

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    'Crocodile's Head' at Lake Petan Itza

    The road from the Belize border was unpaved and undergoing extensive repairs for the first ~30 miles, but it was not overly rough and we made relatively good time - the countryside was nice too but you could immediately tell the lower economic standard as compared to Belize. We soon hit pavement and bombed along quite nicely until we pulled over for the scenic shot shown here near El Remate, where the road forks between the town of Flores and Tikal National Park. We paid our US$14 entrance fees (for two) as we entered the outer boundary of the Park and soon covered the remaining 20 miles (30 km) to the Temples, arriving at about 10 AM.

    Our transportation guys helped us sort out our accommodations and offered to come back the next afternoon at 2:30 PM to take us back - for the same price (after a bit of bargaining). When they did come back, they had brought a couple of young American customers (from San Igancio) on a day-trip, so we had to wait until these people had finished their touring at ~4:15 PM before we actually headed 'home'. All went smoothly and we were back across the border by 6:15 PM, from where we took a 'share cab' back to our accommodations at the Trek Stop (whose owners had kindly allowed us to leave our large backpacks in our chalet at no charge while we stayed in Tikal with our day-packs!). Our taxi van was operated by ASETUR out of Melchor de Mencos, Peten District and we saw another couple of their vans while in Tikal - no complaints!

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    Fly In/Out of Flores

    by grandmaR Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    The nearest airport to Tikal is in Flores. We had a voucher for a flight from there to Belize City so we could catch our flight back to the states.

    The problem was - the airline we were supposed to fly on seemed to have no office in the airport other than a small booth which was less impressive than the average science fair exhibit. And it was not staffed at that hour in the morning anyway.

    It was difficult to find anyone who spoke enough English to figure out what our problem was and how to solve it. Eventually after several false starts, I tracked down a lively lady in a bright yellow dress who found that the flight we were supposed to go on was oversold, and also overweight (these were small planes that took between 5 and 7 passengers). She apparently bullied the people on another airline who were taking the excess luggage from the first airline into taking us and our luggage too.

    So we went to the waiting lounge (there was a metal detector which was not working), and I obtained the customs documents I needed by looking at what other people had.

    The plane looked like a former military paratrouper plane, and the window was somewhat blurry to look out of because the engine was spraying a bit of oil.

    For additional pictures see Lagu Tikal. I had hoped to see Tikal from the air, but either they didn't go that way or I missed it.

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    Flying into the Tikal area

    by Blatherwick Written Mar 28, 2005

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    Grupo Taca

    The closest airport is 2km east of the city of Flores/Santa Elena where most of the accomodations are. I flew into Flores from Cancun. I flew Grupo Taca but there is an airline called Tikal Jets as well. There is a $3 US departure tax when you leave from Flores to another country.

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    Crossing the border

    by Foundryman1 Written Jan 9, 2005

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    La Frontera

    The Belize side of the border has a new building,Very tidy ,Very Efficient. on the Guatamala side there was a casual air with money changers and food stands.
    You will soon realize that while you are safe ...You're not in Kansas anymore.
    There were some textile stands that we promised ourselves we would see on the way back but were too tired.

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    How to get here from Mexico

    by Waxbag Written Oct 20, 2004

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    Many people think the only option to get to Tikal and Guatemala from Mexico is by flying. It is possible to take a bus. There are regular buses from Cancun and Tulum that go to Chetumal where it is possible to get a bus to Belize city. At the boarder in Santa Elena you will have to pay a still $50 Conservation Fee, but there are few hastles. Once in Belize City take a bus to Belmopan, the very tiny capital. From here you can grab a bus to San Ignacio in the Cayo district and then a short bus ride to the boarder Benque Viejo del Carmen. Go through customs and walk across the bridge into Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala and grab a bus to Flores, Guatemala. Ask the driver to drop you off at El Cruce, "The Cross", where you need to head north to El Remate by walking or by a mini taxi (they are quite frequent). From El Remate "the dead end" you can stay the night and then take the noon bus to Tikal two and half hour drive north. In Tikal stay at the Jaguar Inn or the other two hotels. You can get a bus back to El Remate or even Flores if you would like to continue to head south to Guatemala City or just to El Cruce and head back into Belize.

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    Bus, Van, Car

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 25, 2003

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    About the only way to get to or from Tikal is by road. At the time we went (early 1998) none of the roads were paved. We came in a small van/bus on a tour. We were driven to the airport in Flores by van in a somewhat ad hoc arrangement by Gilbert who was at the hotel. He charged us about $30 to drive the two of us and our luggage to the airport.

    There is also bus service to Flores which brings the park workers in among other things, but we were leaving too early for the first bus.

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    Grupo Taca

    by Ken_Weaver Written Mar 2, 2003

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    Grupo Taca Airlines

    Flight 972 to Flores from Guatemala City leaves at 6:30am and gets you to Flores at 730am. Make arrangements with your hotel to pick you up. This will give you a full two days to tour Tikal with just one night in the hotel. Rate round trip economy 3/03 is US$128

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    Getting to Flores or Santa Elena

    by darthmilmo Written Sep 24, 2002

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    Well, I know of two easy routes:

    1. From Belize, hear to Melchor de Campos, the Guatemalan Border. From there, you can grab a bus or collectivo (small van) to either Santa Elena or Flores.

    2. From Guatemala City. There are several companies that make the run to and from Santa Elena or Flores. The best is to take a night bus (yes, they are safe).

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    Pretty Fly For A Small Guy

    by NitnyLeo Updated Sep 13, 2002

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    The Plane...The Plane!!

    I absolutely, positively HATE flying. But, this little plane got me from Belize City to Flores Airport in Guatemala (and back) on remarkably smooth flights. (2 screwdrivers + 4 bloody marys to Flores; totally exhausted back to Belize). We flew below the clouds with the snake infested jungle always in sight below.

    The plane only holds 10 people - one pilot and 9 people who don't know diddly about flying. Seating is bench style (about the size of a small sedan)...there are no aisles - center or side.

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    Getting there by air

    by darthmilmo Written Sep 24, 2002

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    There is a flight service into Tikal from Guatemala City. Most international flights are re-directed though there, but you may find a direct one otu there. Flights cost more than land transportation.

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    Bus to Tikal from Florez or Santa Elena

    by darthmilmo Written Sep 24, 2002

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    There are convenient buses you can take from Florez or Santa Elena to the Ruins of Tikal. This buses are ran by travel companies so inquire at one to buy the ticket. It's not too expensive.

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