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    • schmechi's Profile Photo

      Shuttle questions

      Tikal Jul 28, 2015 at 12:52 PM

      I'll arrive early in the morning at Flores airport and will stay in Flores. Nevertheless I'd like to start exploring Tikal immediately. Will hired shuttles to Tikal make a stop at Flores to store the luggage? Or is there any other way (fi a baggage room in Tikal)? Which shuttles you'd recommend?

      Additionally which shuttle you'd recommend from Flores to Palenque?

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      how's the internet there?

      El Remate Feb 23, 2015 at 10:28 AM

      Am thinking of visiting there for a time, but since I freelance, wonder if I'll have difficulty with finding a place with WiFi...

    • rythme de vie

      Sayaxché Feb 22, 2015 at 2:26 AM

      je préprare mon voyage au guatemala et je trouve souvent des bus très tôt le matin et pas très tard le soir.
      quel est le rythme de vie au guatemala ? ils se lèvent tôt et se couchent tot. et les horaires des repas ? ce n'est pas le rythme espagnol ?

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      Hotel in Tikal

      Tikal Jul 30, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Hello folks,
      Going to Tikal soon and just lost my Lonely Planet guide with 3 names of hotels in Tikal.
      I was told that it's better to stay in Tikal than in Flores when visiting the site of Tikal
      Any help will be much appreciated

      5 Answers Jul 31, 2014 at 7:48 AM
    • Driving from Belize City to Lanquin,

      Flores Apr 18, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      We are driving from Belize City to Lanquin on our way back to Antigua. I am trying to see what time we would get to Lanquin. We only have one day and if we don't have time to see anything, we'll go another route and this will impact our hotel choices, too.
      Thank you.

      1 Answer Apr 18, 2014 at 10:28 AM
    • Driving from Belize City to Lanquin,

      Flores Apr 18, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      We are driving from Belize City to Lanquin on our way back to Antigua. I am trying to see what time we would get to Lanquin. We only have one day and if we don't have time to see anything, we'll go another route and this will impact our hotel choices, too.
      Thank you.

      1 Answer Apr 28, 2014 at 1:34 PM
    • Driving from Belize City to Lanquin,

      Flores Apr 18, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      We are driving from Belize City to Lanquin on our way back to Antigua. I am trying to see what time we would get to Lanquin. We only have one day and if we don't have time to see anything, we'll go another route and this will impact our hotel choices, too.
      Thank you.

    • Cycle hire

      Tikal Dec 14, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      Hi, does anyone know if you can hire cycles at Tikal as my walking is not too good ?

      1 Answer Dec 14, 2013 at 5:18 PM
    • Flight from Antigua

      Flores Oct 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Is there a flight from Antigua to Tykal, one way only?

      2 Answers Oct 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM
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      Flores to Antigua Guatemala by bus

      Flores Dec 30, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      I am curious to know what is the best reputable bus service from Flores to Guatemala City then on to Antigua. I saw one bus company online and emailed them but never got a response (Linea Dorada). Some one please give me some more info on this :D Thank you

      3 Answers Jan 27, 2013 at 4:19 PM
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      Christmasevening in Flores

      Flores Nov 27, 2011 at 2:44 PM


      There is a big chance I will be in Flores on Christmasevening. Is there anything special to do then?
      Also: I am a single 35y traveller and my birthday is on Christmasevening. It would be lovely If I could have a good birthday, combined by local christmasevening festivities...
      Can anyone help me?

      Thanks. XXX

    • La Lancha - advice/tips on staying

      Departamento del Petén Feb 23, 2011 at 9:08 AM

      My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Guatemala and Belize this May.

      While we're visiting Tikal/Flores for 3 days, we're interested in staying at La Lancha, but after doing some further research on where it's located and how pricey the add-ons are becoming, we're thinking it might not be the smartest choice. The rooms are beautiful and (for room alone) the right price, but we're wondering the following:

      - Getting to/from. We arrive at FLS. Are there cabs or car services to get you to the hotel? La Lancha quoted45+tax.
      - Day trips. Is there anything nearby? Trips to Tikal run180+ pp. Travel guides I've read say you can find/arrange van trips for roughly30 pp. Are cabs or car services reachable?
      - Location. Are we missing out by not staying in Flores? Reviews say it's lovely, though La Lancha sounds wonderful.
      - Travel to Belize City. When we leave, we're heading to Belize City. I thought it might be interesting to take a bus there, since we are flying the rest of the trip. Do San Juan Express and Linea Dorada pick up at the airport? Will we be able to get a reliable cab or car service to get us there so early in the morning?

      Your help is greatly appreciated!

      5 Answers Mar 20, 2012 at 3:56 PM
    • Is it reasonable to make a day trip to Tikal from San Ignacio, Belize?

      Tikal Sep 29, 2010 at 11:16 AM

      We will have a 4WD rental car. Is it reasonable to plan a full day trip from San Ignacio to Tikal and make it back before dark.
      Do you recommend paying for a tour once at Tikal, or can we enjoy as much on our own, if we read up first on the history. We are good researchers.
      If you think it's important to stay overnight at Tikal, can you make a suggestion for a reasonable hotel that is clean and has good standards?
      Thanks for your thoughts!

      2 Answers Sep 29, 2010 at 12:56 PM
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      Going to Tika for one day from Guatemla city and back.

      Parque Nacional Tikal Aug 26, 2009 at 11:00 PM

      Im not quite sure but its possible to take overnight bus to Flores day before visit Tikal and after my visit to tikal take another overnight bus back to guatemala city.

      Safety of the buses how safe are overnight bus from Guatemala City to Flores is one things i most concerned.

      2 Answers Sep 30, 2009 at 12:04 PM
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      Going to Tikal for sunrise

      Parque Nacional Tikal Aug 22, 2009 at 4:57 PM


      We are staying in Flores and would like to be in Tikal by sunrise. Is it possible to do this ? or is it only if we stay right outside of the Park ? I've read that the park opens at 6am - will we have enough time to climb, eg, Temple 4 and be on top by sunrise ?

      I asked my hotel for the earliest transpo to Tikal and they told me, 7am. So now I am wondering if there are plenty of transportation options from Flores to get to Tikal for sunrise ? We prefer going by ourselves, but if it is better to go on a tour, we can do it as well and will just make sure we can get some time on our own to explore the place.

      Any info would be greatly appreciated.


      2 Answers Aug 23, 2009 at 8:03 PM
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      Guided Tour VS. Self Tour

      Parque Nacional Tikal Apr 26, 2009 at 4:52 PM

      My Boyfriend and I are planning on visiting Tikal in July. So I am wondering, is it safer to take a guide to the ruins or is it ok to hoof it on your own? Are there a lot of trails, do they provide a map? Also, we may take my 7 yr old daughter.

      3 Answers Apr 30, 2009 at 4:59 AM
    • Flights to Flores from Belize City

      Parque Nacional Tikal Jan 12, 2009 at 11:45 AM

      Does anyone know if there are still flights from Belize City to Flores? I've been trying to inquire with the two airlines that I thought flew to Flores, but haven't heard back from either of them.

      1 Answer Jan 12, 2009 at 3:38 PM
    • Tikal plans

      Parque Nacional Tikal Nov 29, 2008 at 5:38 AM

      Hi all, three of us are planning to take a bus from Guatemala City to Tikal in Jan 2009 and are wondering about the questions below:

      1. How much is the bus ride and how many hours is it? Is it necessary to travel back on the same day if we buy a return ticket? Where can we get the bus in GC?
      2. We're thinking of staying in Flores. If we do that, how many days should we factor in for Tikal + Flores? How many days is Tikal good for?
      3. We hope to spend one night in Tikal, how much are rentals for the hammock and mosquito net? Is it safe enough?
      4. Which hotels are best in Flores?
      5. Most importantly, how is the weather like at Tikal in January?

      Would anyone be able to offer advice on these questions?

      Thanks a lot!!!

      3 Answers Dec 27, 2008 at 8:00 PM
    • Tikal in August

      Parque Nacional Tikal Jun 16, 2008 at 10:13 AM

      My husband and I plan on going to Tikal in mid-August. How badly is the rain going to affect our visit?

      2 Answers Jul 23, 2008 at 4:47 AM
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      Tikal in May

      Parque Nacional Tikal Mar 24, 2008 at 5:21 AM

      I'm taking a trip to Tikal May 1-3 and I have several questions.

      1. what would the weather be like?
      2. is it safe to explore a place by oneself (not being a part of a tourist group)?
      3. any advice on MUST to do things there?

      Many thanks in advance.

      13 Answers Mar 31, 2008 at 12:29 AM
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      Comfortable way to go to Tikal from Mexico?

      Tikal Feb 26, 2008 at 1:50 PM

      What is the most comfortable way to get to Tikal from Yuacatan peninsula (I suppose Campeche and/or Tulum will be the southernmost point I'd reach in Yucatan without this detour) Apart from the mentioned I'd be staying in Merida and Cancun the most time of my journey.... Is there any chance for a short trip to Tikal? How long would you estimate, that this trip takes?

      btw: I suppose it is forbidden to cross the borders with hired cars, isn't it?

      2 Answers Mar 2, 2008 at 2:02 AM
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      Tikal Feb 26, 2008 at 10:46 AM

      Is there any possibility for a one or two day trips to Tikal (Flores) from Cancun?
      I realize, that once there was a daily flight operated by Aviateca for around 270 (round trip), but unfortunately, Aviateca was liquidated...

      2 Answers Feb 27, 2008 at 5:20 PM
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      traveling in March

      Parque Nacional Tikal Jan 2, 2008 at 8:41 AM

      Hi I'm going to Guatemala in March, during Holy Week. What should I see? Also, I want to go to Tikal, is flying from the capital the best way? Thanks, Garrett

      4 Answers Jan 21, 2008 at 4:28 PM
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      Tikal Hotels

      Departamento del Petén Aug 8, 2007 at 6:22 AM

      Is it true the 3 Hotels at Tikal have no electricity after a certain hour??

      7 Answers Sep 4, 2007 at 7:31 PM
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      Tikal Hotels

      Parque Nacional Tikal Aug 8, 2007 at 6:20 AM

      Is it true the 3 Hotels at tikal have no electricity after a certain hour?

      4 Answers Dec 3, 2007 at 1:35 PM
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      Where to stay ...

      Departamento del Petén Jun 1, 2007 at 9:47 AM

      I'm going to the Peten region next weekend and I'm just wondering where it'd be better to stay ...

      Most of the people go to Flores / Santa Elena and from there visit Tikal ... but I've read accomodation in Flores is much more expensive than in other places in Guatemala.

      So I'm thinking in wether staying in El Remate (which is closer to Tikal and to the border with Belize) ... or perhaps staying at some campground in Tikal.

      Has anybody ever stayed at El Remate? How is it? What about the accomodation?

      In the other hand... what about camping at Tikal? Is it safe? Are there lockers available? How far from the ruins would this be?


      6 Answers Aug 7, 2007 at 8:16 AM
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      Travelling from Cancun - Belize but would like to stop at Tikal

      Parque Nacional Tikal May 29, 2007 at 2:09 PM

      I am going to archaeological field school for the month of July, but am flying in to meet friends in Cancun 1st and this will allow me about 2 weeks of time inbetween. I have a pretty good idea of how to get from Cancun to Belize City (where I am meeting my summer arch. crew) but I would really like to get to Tikal sometime in between the 2 places. Is this even possible, worth it, etc? What kind of time table would I be looking at? Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I am leaving pretty soon and I should probably start thinking about my plans.

      2 Answers May 29, 2007 at 4:32 PM
    • Visit Tikal from Guatemala City

      Tikal Feb 14, 2007 at 9:16 PM

      We are landing in Guatemala City mid March around 5am and we have a day and half to spend somewhere before we can check into the hotel we have booked. Wondering if zipping up to Tikal for a day and a night is doable.
      1. What do roundtrip flights from Guat. City cost?
      2. Where can I find schedules?
      3. Where is the best place to spend the night?
      4. Once the flight lands around Tikal, how does one get around? shuttle services?

      Tikal looks like 'THE' Maya ruins to visit. Is that true or has it become all commercialized?


      3 Answers Feb 19, 2007 at 8:56 AM
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      3 Day hike to El Zotz/Tikal

      Departamento del Petén Jan 23, 2007 at 1:52 PM

      There are several agencies that advertise 3 day/2 night hikes from Flores to El Zotz and then to Tikal on day 3. La Casa de Don David's place even advertized just such a guided tour/hike through the jungle.

      My 2 questions are:
      1. Is this safe? There are a many with concerns about saftey when off the beaten path...
      2. What is a reputable and trustworthy tour provider to do this with? We speak very little spanish. I've been hiking/camping in Peru on the Inca trail, and have been to Guatemala 2x before, but i've never gone on a hike where the guides did not speak english.

      7 Answers Jan 27, 2007 at 7:39 PM
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      General Comments/Opinions

      El Remate Jan 12, 2006 at 3:56 PM

      Hello again...Yet another question...
      We'll be staying in Flores while visiting Tikal, but I'm interested in El Remate. Has anyone been/stayed there? I read they have nice wood carvings and other crafts there, so perhaps we could stop over there and look around, but is it worth while? Thanks :)

      4 Answers Feb 28, 2006 at 10:48 AM