a VirtualTourist member from Washington State
We are landing in Guatemala City mid March around 5am and we have a day and half to spend somewhere before we can check into the hotel we have booked. Wondering if zipping up to Tikal for a day and a night is doable.
1. What do roundtrip flights from Guat. City cost?
2. Where can I find schedules?
3. Where is the best place to spend the night?
4. Once the flight lands around Tikal, how does one get around? shuttle services?
Tikal looks like 'THE' Maya ruins to visit. Is that true or has it become all commercialized?
Unsure if there are flights,bus takes about a day.You can walk around Tikal but you need a day,being there for sunrise and sunset are best.
Hi there, of course there is plenty of flights, but they all leave around 6AM and now in days because of the high cost in fuel prices, currently,the average fare is about180 R/T on TACA or TAG. On the other hand if you have more time, there is overnight deluxe bus service. Go to www.adnautobusesdelnorte.com or linea dorada www.tikalmayanworld.com. Unfortunatley since you arrive at 5AM more than likely you would miss the 6 or 6:30AM flights. The flights land in flores. From there to tikal is about 40 kms on a good paved road. To move around in flores there is plenty of 3-wheeler taxis (tuk-tuks) From flores there are plenty of shuttle vans early in the morning to tikal. Go to www.passplanet.com/guatemala for information on how to contact hotels directly. Otherwise go to www.corpetur.com or www.guatemalastory.com. From flores you can visit different archeological sites still under excavation. For instance if you want to play Indiana Jones you can go to El Mirador. It takes about two days to get there. The temples are still under excavation and are taller than Tikal and whole site is very impressive. Several experienced guides offer tours which includes horses for you to ride or carry supplies or your backpack. I've read several reviews in the thorntree.lonelyplanet forum. So on your first day you could kill the day visiting some of the nice museums in guatemala city, including the museum of archeology and ethnology or the museum of the indegenous textiles and costumes at the Francisco Marroquin University. Or the map in relief where you can have an idea of the magnitude of the guatemalan volcanoes (34)Chek it out. Good luck.
BEFORE I START, IN REGARD TO YOUR MALARIA POSTING ABOVE YOU'LL NEED TO BUY ANTI-MALARIA PILLS FOR THE TIKAL JUNGLE AS THERE ARE LOTS OF MOSQUITOES AROUND PLUS IT'S IN THE LOWLANDS. BUYING INSECT REPELLENT MIGHT HELP TOO.
I HAVEN'T REACHED TIKAL BY AIR SO I CAN'T HELP YOU ON IT UNFORTUNATELY BUT I THINK FLIGHTS TO TIKAL FROM GUATEMALA CITY USUALLY LEAVES EARLY IN THE MORNING. I THINK THERE ARE ACTUALLY HOTELS AT TIKAL BUT I'M NOT SURE IF THEY'RE TOO COSTLY. A SMALL TOWN CALLED FLORES ABOUT AN HOUR'S DRIVE AWAY MIGHT BE AN ALTERNATIVE.
ALSO, YOU DON'T ACTUALLY LAND AT TIKAL YOU LAND AT SANTA ELENA (CALLED FLORES AIRPORT) WHICH IS ABOUT AN HOUR'S DRIVE (OR LESS) AWAY FROM TIKAL. ONCE THERE, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO ARRANGE SOME SORT OF SHUTTLE SERVICE, YOU MIGHT HAVE TO ASK AROUND FOR INFO.
ONE MORE THING, I WOULDN'T SAY TIKAL IS TOO COMMERCIALISED. IT IS IN FACT A VERY IMPRESSIVE MAYA RUINS SITE TO VISIT. GO CHECK OUT MY TIKAL PAGES FOR MORE INFO.
MEANWHILE, GOOD LUCK.