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#105673 - 07/03/05 11:08 AM tentative intinerary/LOTS of questions
thnkart Offline
My husband and I are planning a trip to belize for next May. Why...you ask...am I planning so EARLY??? Because planning is half the FUN and i can't wait!! laugh

From the message boards I have determined that it will be QUITE hot inland in May. I'm from Florida and can sweat with the best of 'em but at night I like a nice shower in a cool room and a cool bed to sleep in.

Because of this, I have chosen lodging that has AC.

So...here's what I have so far:

Fly into Belize and then from Belize to Flores, Guatemala.

Transfer from Flores to the Westin Camino Real located in Peten.

(not sure how I would get from the airport to here. Any suggestions or ideas how much this would cost?)

Spend one night at the Westin

Get up early and tour Tikal

(should I use a tour/guide through the hotel or would it be cheaper/as good/better to find one on my own?)

Spend another night at the Westin

Transfer by land to the Jaguar Paw Lodge

(they said if we got to mile 37 on the Hwy, they would pick us up there. What would be the best way to do this and any ideas of the cost?)

Spend two nights at the Jag Paw, doing the zip line and the cave tubing tours

They have several listed. Any advice on which would be best?

Half-day cave/tubing through the 5 caves.

Half-day Crystal cave trip.

How cold is the water and has anyone had trouble with being cold?

from the Jag Paw transfer to the Belize Muni Airport for our flight to AC..wooo hoooo!!!

The resort would charge 75 dollars for a transfer to the airport. Is there a less expensive way to do this short of using the bus? How are the buses by the way?

OK...one last thought....

I have heard people talking about trips from AC to do cave tubing and zip lining. This would be far less expensive than staying at the Jag Paw for two nights. What are your thoughts on this lodge and is the experience of being there worth the $$$. I'm just wondering if I would get enough of a jungle experience at the Westin in Petin?

Thanks sooooooooooooooooo much for your feedback and any and all of your answers to my questions!!!

#105674 - 07/03/05 12:10 PM Re: tentative intinerary/LOTS of questions
angelacarr1961 Offline

#105675 - 07/03/05 05:03 PM Re: tentative intinerary/LOTS of questions
I'm no expert, but I should have thought you could get good accommodation on the mainland within reach of your recreations for a great deal less money than JP. If you want to economise look at that before deciding to travel from AC.

#105676 - 07/03/05 05:59 PM Re: tentative intinerary/LOTS of questions
Laguna Punta Offline
...the air conditioned room sounds like a good idea.
Gone fishing!!

#105677 - 07/04/05 07:44 AM Re: tentative intinerary/LOTS of questions
seachange Offline
It sounds like you can answer many of your questions with the search function on this board (search button is at the top of this page) and on the message board for Belize, where I believe you also posted. After you have checked these out and/or read some travel guides, I am sure people will be more than willing to answer questions. I have never been tube caving, but we did swim in some falls in the jaguar reserve at Cockscomb and the cold water felt great. You will love Belize. Hard to go wrong, and plenty of info out there.

#105678 - 07/04/05 09:23 PM Re: tentative intinerary/LOTS of questions
thnkart Offline
thanks everybody for all your help so far. I have been searching the board constantly for the answers to my questions and will continue to do so. Right now my biggest question is will we be miserable in May without AC and what is the best way to get from one place to another. Havn't found much on these in the search. thanks again!

#105679 - 07/05/05 08:28 AM Re: tentative intinerary/LOTS of questions
thnkart Offline
thanks again!!!

If you rent a car, is it safe to leave it at the border when you travel to Tikal?

#105680 - 07/05/05 09:48 AM Re: tentative intinerary/LOTS of questions
Katie Valk Offline
Crystal allows their vehicles to cross the border, but insurance is not available on the Guate side, so if you break it (or someone takes it), you bought it.
Belize based travel specialist

#105681 - 07/05/05 03:26 PM Re: tentative intinerary/LOTS of questions
Barbara K Offline
That's why most of the car rental companies do not let them cross the border.

FYI - duPlooys no longer has those cheap shared bath rooms - they converted the "pink house" into 2 suites - one 3 bedroom and one 4 bedroom.

#105682 - 07/06/05 08:54 AM Re: tentative intinerary/LOTS of questions
thnkart Offline
Thanks again! I don't think I would WANT to drive into Guat. I really like the idea of staying in San Ig. and taking a tour except that you would be exploring the ruins right in the middle of the day in MAY!!! We went to Chitza Itza in Dec and it was scorching hot. Also 3-4 hours doesn't seem very long but maybe you're exhausted after that long anyway. Has anyone here done a tour from San Ig? What were your thoughts on it?

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