Tikal Journals

To Tikal from Belize

A January 2005 trip to Tikal by paulnag

Tikal National Park Photo, Tikal, Guatemala More Photos
Quote: We spent a couple of days in Belize before realizing we wanted to see some serious Mayan ruins. We just never realized how adventurous the trip would be.

To Tikal from Belize

Overview

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My partner and I took a side trip from San Ignacio, Belize to Tikal. I won't forget walking around Tikal, taking snapshots of unmemorable sites when I rounded a corner to find the most amazing Mayan ruins I could ever imagine. Quick Tips: You pay to get into Tikal on the road that enters Tikal National Park, even though it’s a good 10-minute drive to the entrance to the ruins. Keep in mind that your ticket is only good for 1 day. Normally this wouldn't be an issue, except that Tikal is known for its beautiful sunsets and sunrises. If you're on a budget, you might have to pick one or the other. Best Way To Get Around: I talk specifically about transportation in another section o...Read More

Hotel Jaguar

Hotel | "Jaguar Inn"

Hotel Jaguar Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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This is great but expensive. They have hammocks with mosquito netting for rent that are really cheap, though. You can camp there, too. Just don't get a bungalow.

I would highly suggest you stay in a nearby city like El Remate or Flores. El Remate is only 20 minutes away and is very, very cheap compared to Tikal.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Hotel Jaguar
Just off the main street
Tikal, Guatemala

Comedor Tikal

Restaurant

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This is the cheapest place in Tikal to eat, but in my opinion, it’s also the best. Here you'll get away from the tourists over at the Jaguar and Jungle Inn and finally have an opportunity to struggle your way through that tiny bit of Spanish you managed to remember from high school. The food here is basic but filling.

Best of all, the atmosphere is casual, so sit down and enjoy a beer while you look at all of the pictures and maps that line the wall. You can also learn a bit more about the excavation of the Tikal Ruins.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Comedor Tikal

Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal National Park

Attraction

Tikal National Park Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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This was simply amazing. If you have time, get there early and go up any temple except Temple 1 for the sunrise. Or go up Temple 1 or the pyramid for the sunset.

Beware - your ticket is only good for 1 day.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Tikal National Park
Peten Basin
Tikal, Guatemala
+502 2367-2837

Transportation at the Right Price

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Story/Tip

Mini Bus Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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Here's the deal when crossing the border into Guatemala from Belize (I crossed at Benque Viejo de Carmen, near San Ignacio). First, take a taxi (no cheaper option exists, except walking - it’s a pretty short distance), from Benque to the border. When you get out, there are loads of money-changers - I would suggest changing about $20 into the Guatemalan quintiles. Once through customs (after paying the Belize departure tax), you'll be inundated with men trying to sell you a ride to just about anywhere. They work in cooperatives and generally one person will represent the entire lot. Generally there are three ways to travel in Guatemala: 1) Taxi - not recommended. These g...Read More

About the Writer

paulnag

paulnag
Washington DC, District of Columbia