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#13508 01/04/01 11:31 PM
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I've just learned that there was a recent hold-up of some people going from Melchor to Tikal and that three people were KILLED! Can anyone comment on this, advise on safety of our going with a Chaa Creek tour?

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I have not heard that story but my husband and I went from San Ignacio to Tikal in late October -- no tour, just us, crossing the border and hailing a van to haul us from the border to Tikal for $10 each. No problem and we felt completely safe all the way. I would not worry about going with Chaa Creek. Smooth communications in all media
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I don't know what possessed me, but in reply to your other message I typed "killed" when I meant to say "raped." Three people were raped by bandits when a bus (not a tour bus, a regular bus) was stopped by Guatemalan bandits on the road to Tikal. Can't recall the exact date but it was late October/early November. Raped is bad enough but I didn't mean to say killed. Sorry!

I would say that Chaa Creek is a highly professional organization, and they will be sure you get to Tikal safely.

Sorry again for my stupidity.

--Lan Sluder

Lan Sluder/Belize First
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We just went to Tikal in early December and were very worried about the trip as well. We went from the Hidden Valley Inn and went in a private car (Cayo Adventure Tours) with a guide. We had absolutely no problems and I couldn't even imagine how that could happen in the beautiful drive. We made sure to go during daylight hours and we were happy to be going in a private 4x4, rather than a big tour bus or regular city bus. I didn't even know about the report you noted, I probably would have freaked out even more! But no problems for us, I'm sure you'll love the trip and the site.

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