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#16545 - 04/22/03 07:39 AM Is it worth driving to Tikal?  
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spooky Offline
 
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I know this has been asked umpteen times - but read very differing viewpoints , so naturally I am confused. Esp. worried about the looting....

We were planning to go for a day trip (drive a rental car) to Tikal from san Ignacio. Is it worth it, or what cheaper option do we have. We are going to be 4 adults. Is there a van service or something like that. Lan sluder - can you give me some advice?

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#16546 - 04/22/03 08:40 AM Re: Is it worth driving to Tikal?  
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The rental agencies won't let you cross the border with a car.

Either your hotel can arrange a tour or you can contact Mayawalk Tours in San Ignacio and they can take you. You'll appreciate Tikal more with a guide anyway since they can explain the ruins.

#16547 - 04/22/03 06:01 PM Re: Is it worth driving to Tikal?  
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Some travel agencies will allow the vehicle to cross the border (Crystal), but can not offer insurance coverage. So you break it, you bought it. I'm much more concerned about that than crime when taking my vehicle into Guatemala.


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#16548 - 04/22/03 06:02 PM Re: Is it worth driving to Tikal?  
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Some rental agencies will allow the vehicle to cross the border (Crystal), but can not offer insurance coverage. So you break it, you bought it. I'm much more concerned about that than crime when taking my vehicle into Guatemala.


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#16549 - 04/23/03 08:25 PM Re: Is it worth driving to Tikal?  
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Whether or not you can get a rental car over, you will not have time to really see Tikal in one day if you drive yourself. If you hook up with a driver, you will still have little time, but at least you won't have to worry about taking a wrong turn. Tikal is a big place. Give yourself a couple days, and try to stay close to the site, if you can. So nice to wake up right outside of it, before everyone gets there. If it has to be a one day trip, better to fly, and get in as early as you can. It gets really hot, and there is much to see. Read up on it first so you know what is important to you to see.

#16550 - 04/25/03 02:32 PM Re: Is it worth driving to Tikal?  
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With a group of four, I'd barter with one of the van drivers on the other side of the border. Pick a clean cut driver with a good vehicle would be my advise. Taxi's back to the border can also be arranged rather easily. They love return fares. Don't worry about crime. It won't hep!! PS. Tikal is one of the great experiences of my lifetime. Wear good walking/climbing shoes is my best advise, and drink plenty of bottled water.


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