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would you fly or drive #20692
03/13/06 08:06 PM
03/13/06 08:06 PM
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thnkart Offline OP
thnkart  Offline OP
Hi all!!!!!!!!

I will be landing in Belize City at about 11:14, have to stow my luggage at the Embassy Hotel and can be ready to head to Tikal by car/bus hopefully by 12:00.


I can take the flight to Flores at 3:00 and then drive an hour (?) to Tikal.

Which would get me there sooner. I would love to be able to explore the park for an hour or two before it gets pitch black. What do you think?


Re: would you fly or drive #20693
03/14/06 06:24 AM
03/14/06 06:24 AM
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silkpainter Offline
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I would fly, its at LEAST 5 hours by road from Belize City to Flores. YOU MIGHT END UP ON THE ROAD AFTER DARK. Its not any cheaper to rent a car/pay for gas than it is to fly. You can also get a one way flight to Flores and then take a tourist shuttle back to Belize City. The shuttle bus is only $20 U.S. from Flores to Belize City.

Re: would you fly or drive #20694
03/14/06 06:48 PM
03/14/06 06:48 PM
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thnkart Offline OP
thnkart  Offline OP
Thanks for the advice. We are driving straight to Tikal though...wouldn't that be 4 hours? Isn't Tikal an hour from Flores?

Re: would you fly or drive #20695
03/14/06 07:24 PM
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clover Offline
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If you drive 70mph from Belize City to the border.....and you know your way through Guatemala hang ups at the border.......4 hours.

Re: would you fly or drive #20696
03/15/06 07:29 AM
03/15/06 07:29 AM
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Barbara K Offline
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Fly. Things take a lot longer than you would think looking at a map. Nothing ever goes as planned in Belize. "Stress" if you try to push it. "Better than you would have expected" if you relax and take it as it comes.

I assume you know most car rental companies will not let their vehicels cross into Guat and those that will do not offer insurance while you are there. There is a reason for this!

Re: would you fly or drive #20697
03/15/06 07:34 AM
03/15/06 07:34 AM
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NYgal Offline
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Are you able to spend the night in San Ignacio? Proceed in the morning?

Re: would you fly or drive #20698
03/15/06 06:43 PM
03/15/06 06:43 PM
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thnkart Offline OP
thnkart  Offline OP
yes and thanks NYgal. Someone else had that idea.I think that is what I will do. How long would it take by bus to get to SI? What about Tikal to Bellmopan? any estimates?

Re: would you fly or drive #20699
03/16/06 07:37 AM
03/16/06 07:37 AM
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crockhunter Offline
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Bus to SI is about 2 1/2 hours. It's been a cuople of years, but I think about four hours from Tikal to Belmopan.

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