Tropic to Corozal R/T ticket is $181.bz
Six flights a day starting at 7am
Call ahead to Teresita Matos. Her business card reads ‘trabajadora social belize’.
From Belize you dial 0052 9999 600 543 to get her cel.
This is probably the most valuable piece of information I can relay, she’s worth her weight in gold but only works for tips. Remember that mexican phones are a little different but don't take to long to figure out.
From Corozal Belize you need to cross the border into Chetumal Mexico.
You need a passport and money exchangers are waiting in the parking lot on the Mexican side.
Current exchange rates are aprox. 5 pesos per $1 bz or 10 pesos per 1 US dollar.(that makes there 1000 peso bill worth aprox. $100US
Taxis are waiting at the Corozal air strip and charge aprox. $120.bz to get you to the Bus station on the Mexican side.
Mexican buses are great, on time, air condition and movies. I used the Clase Europea Caribe Express leaves at 10am. Costs 270.pesosR/T (aprox.54bz).
The bus trip is 5 and one half hours and stops for lunch.
The Bus terminal in Merida is in the city and taxis are waiting as you exit the terminal. Merida is a beautiful clean and well organized city with little crime.
I suggest the ‘La Margaritas’ Hotel the taxi ride there is about 50 pesos (10bz).
La Margaritas is a nice hotel , world standards and costs me 640.pesos (aprox.128.bz)
Its across the street from the medical center next door to the hyperbaric chamber.
Cheaper hotels can be found easily but I’m a spoiled rich Gringo.
Teresita picked me up at 8: am prompt and drove me to the doctor in her car where she translated everything. She also chose the doctor for me and made the appointment.
She took special care to not just translate but make sure I understood every detail, and made suggestions. She made the reservations for my trip home and made sure I was on time.
My trip went without a glitch. Two points of caution. There are two La Margaritas hotels you want the one by the medical center, however the other looked like an interesting adventure.
Second the Mexican Taxi drivers are normal taxi drivers like the world over however the taxi returning from the bus terminal to the Belize border should have a caution flag. The normal fare is 60 pesos and I noticed problems with them hassling fares and over charging.
If you go back and add all this up you see it’s about a $900.bz trip without food and you should schedule a second nite at the hotel because of the departing bus schedule being in the am. In order to connect with the 3:30pm Tropic departure from Corozal.
Please notice I didn’t add in moneys for Ms Matos. She was vague about how much I should pay for her services, I was told $100. was customary I gave her a 100us bill and she remarked it was more than enough.
I felt she was worth more.
Mexicans in Merida have little patience for those not speaking Spanish, not rude or impolite just not very willing to help if your Spanish isn't up to par. Were spoiled in Belize with everyone speaking a little of everything and innovating to fill the gaps.
I would appreciate any feed back you guys (ambergriscaye posters) have about all these details we can create a very useful thread here.
Edited by elbert (10/07/08 09:20 PM)