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Re: Mayan Ruins, Zip Line, wildlife tours #112465
12/12/05 03:23 PM
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Thanks for all your input.

I was able to research the dive companies and we believe we know which company we're going through. We're going to decide once we arrive, through.

It's the tours I haven't thought much about yet or taken the time to look into.

Any info is appreciated! Thank you!

Re: Mayan Ruins, Zip Line, wildlife tours #112466
12/12/05 05:19 PM
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I think everything you cite can be done in day trips from San Pedro (with the possible exception of jungle tours), but you'll have long days with a lot of travelling and limited time doing whatever the target activity is. It'll also cost a great deal more than doing it from an appropriate base on the mainland. Personally, I would have my dive vacation first, and then go and stay in or near San Ignacio for the inland bit. Apart from anything else, the cost of living there is on all fronts much less than on Ambergris Caye. In two weeks you could do your diving and get to Tikal, though you'd have to sacrifice some of the other activities.You really want to stay at Tikal overnight if it is at all possible. From Tikal (actually Flores) you could fly directly to Belize City for your return home, though this is not as cheap as it is convenient.

Re: Mayan Ruins, Zip Line, wildlife tours #112467
12/12/05 08:19 PM
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Sounds like a good idea. I think we'll try to stay inland 3 days during our second week. There's some really cool sounding overnight tours of Tikal.

Thank you. It's just a matter of getting my bearings on time, location, etc. Things are really starting to click now.

One other question I had re: diving is are there any dive companies that practice "look but don't touch." I noticed a lot of the posts and pictures on this site talk about and have photos of divers that were handling the marine life. I was shocked of a photo of a diver on board a boat holding a conch shell, which I hope they threw back into the water.

I was a little surprised by this. We're very firm believers in the "look but don't touch" philosphy and would feel much better about using a tour operator that practices the same.

Thanks!

Re: Mayan Ruins, Zip Line, wildlife tours #112468
12/12/05 09:04 PM
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I can name at least 3 excellent dive shops in San Pedro......as good as I would expect in the States....and maybe a little more attentive.
I am a repeat customer and use 3 different touring companies...base on what I want to do base on my experience with each company.......trust this.....you probably cannot fail....you'll do well and be happy if you use your own best judgement.

Re: Mayan Ruins, Zip Line, wildlife tours #112469
12/12/05 09:46 PM
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UDIVEGIRL, it's hard to find that kind of op in San Pedro. Perhaps Pedro2's has that policy.

As for the conch shells, I think you'd better get used to that idea fast. smile


A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

Re: Mayan Ruins, Zip Line, wildlife tours #112470
12/12/05 11:59 PM
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Wait until they grab a shark and hold onto it while everyone gets a chance to pet it. :-)

Re: Mayan Ruins, Zip Line, wildlife tours #112471
12/13/05 12:30 AM
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pedro2, sure agree with you on both comments you made. adm is great and there are certainly many others great too.

As far as saving me embarassment, it is very hard to embarass me and doubt much could embarass me on the message board. wink You could try, pero soy una chica fuerte.

Re: Mayan Ruins, Zip Line, wildlife tours #112472
12/13/05 02:02 AM
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Ke, I'm not going there!!En Espanole!! didn't you say Panama would be great

Re: Mayan Ruins, Zip Line, wildlife tours #112473
12/13/05 02:09 AM
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I have read lot's of posts. I tend to agree!! There is a time spent between SP and CAYO and there are the factors of your best trip ever..Rivers & Beaches!!

Re: Mayan Ruins, Zip Line, wildlife tours #112474
12/13/05 09:07 AM
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I know, White Water. I've seen many a dive operator grab ahold of completely harmless nurse sharks and try to put on a show! I'm not naive to Carribean diving. I've been diving for over 10 years all over the world.

Seashell, as far as the conch shells, I am well aware. I love to eat conch and I know they're plentiful and are beautiful.

I just prefer a RECREATIONAL dive operator that leaves everything as found.

I don't need lectures. I just thought I could find an eco dive company. If not, so be it. It's no big deal. I'm not a PETA weirdo or anything so don't get the wrong idea.
I'm just well aware of the depleting coral reefs, etc., etc. and try to be conscious of it everywhere I go. I thought my eco awareness would be a benefit to other countries but maybe not.

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