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First Visit #94182
12/04/04 07:35 PM
12/04/04 07:35 PM
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 4
Kamiah Idaho
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My wife and I arrive at AC on December 18 and we stay till Dec. 29th. I have been taking notes and enjoying the exchange at this site for over a month. We are staying at the Blue Tang Inn and plan an overnight to Tikal along with lot's of snorkeling. Is snorkeling conjested at Shark Ray Alley and the other popular sites? I would rather get away from crowds and it sounds like we are heading to the right spot. What's it like in Flores and at Tikal? Spots not to miss at the north end ? I look forward to your suggestions and to some liad back time.

Re: First Visit #94183
12/05/04 05:11 AM
12/05/04 05:11 AM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 163
Cottage Grove MN
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Just make sure you don't go snorkeling when the cruise ships are in Belize City. It gets very conjested then. They bring boats full of people out to snorkel.

Re: First Visit #94184
12/05/04 12:17 PM
12/05/04 12:17 PM
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 269
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There are other spots to snorkel, such as Tres Cocos or Mexico Rocks. Your guide will probably know when the busy times are for Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. We went to them last year when there were just one or two other boats in the area. Enjoy your trip!

Re: First Visit #94185
12/05/04 01:06 PM
12/05/04 01:06 PM
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 700
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Hol Chan can get a little crowded, shark ray alley is just a sandy area where you hop in the water for about 10 min. or so & play with the rays & nurse sharks, they usually stop there on the way back from Hol Chan.
A good spot with less crowds is Mexico Rocks.
Stayed at Blue Tang last Jan. going back Jan.29-Feb13, You picked a great place.
There is a paper back(San Pedro Cool) by Lan Sluder, you can get it on Amazon $14.95, It is very informitive & will tell you every thing you would want to know about S.P.& all the tours

Re: First Visit #94186
12/07/04 07:14 PM
12/07/04 07:14 PM
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 4
Kamiah Idaho
wildidaho Offline OP
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What do folks think about the overnight in Flores and the visit to Tikal? I'm thinking about saving some money and visiting a Mayan site closer by. I read about the boat trip up river to a Mayan site. Any suggestions?

Re: First Visit #94187
12/07/04 07:51 PM
12/07/04 07:51 PM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 11,048
Rockport, Maine
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Lamanai with Daniel Nunez (Tanisha Tours) - best in my book

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Re: First Visit #94188
12/07/04 09:48 PM
12/07/04 09:48 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 119
Connecticut, USA
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One of the first books we purchased about AC was San Pedro Cool! Definately worth the buck! Jammed full of really great info on what to expect and where to go! Get it before you go!

Re: First Visit #94189
12/08/04 01:00 PM
12/08/04 01:00 PM
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 167
Atlanta, GA
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I just posted my trip report on Tikal maybe it will help you determine if you'd like to take the trip there. If you're really into Mayan ruins, I would spend the money to do it (JMHO). I can't really convey how amazing it is! If you just want to see some ruins, then I would hit Lamanai.

Re: First Visit #94190
12/08/04 08:32 PM
12/08/04 08:32 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 59
San Antonio, Texas
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My group and I did the lamanai tour on our stay this past July. Mayan ruins, mangroves, howler monkeys, etc. It was a great trip! I definitely recommend checking it out.

Re: First Visit #94191
12/08/04 09:45 PM
12/08/04 09:45 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 5
Central New Jersey, USA
rugger Offline
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Has anyone gone on the cave tubing trips? How tough is the hike? Who's the best tour operator for the trip? Looks like a cool trip.

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