"The Mayan Route" Mexico Transportation Tip by Waxbag
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Here is the loop of central America I took going through Lago Atitlan, Antigua, Tikal and Belize back to Mexico. The whole trip took about 3 weeks:
The best way to go Antigua from Mexico is by San Cristobal de Las Casas. You can get a bus to Ciudad Cuauhtemoc on the boarder and cross into La Mesilla, Guatemala. Once in Guatemala you have to take about 6 chicken buses to Panajachel which is on lago Atitlan (gorgeous lake). It is not to difficult to do as the people are increadibly friendly, but it is quite an adventure. Once at the lake get a taxi to San Pedro on the other side as it is far nicer than touristy Panajachel.
From the lake you can take a bus to Antigua the colonial capital and from there a taxi to the main bus station in Guatemala City. From Guatemala city you can take a bus to Flores which is the Peten about 3 hours south of Tikal (this is an over night bus). From here Flores take a mini bus to el remate which is right on Lago de Peten Itza. There is good budget accomodation here and the lake is nice. Ther e is also a nice nature park called Biotopo Cerro Cahui nearby to visit.
From El Remate (which means "dead end") you can grab a noon bus into Tikal and stay the night at the Jaguar Hotel. You can camp there as well. There are a couple of small restaurants here where you can eat your meals. Stay the night and see the temples the next morining and head back to El Remate.
From El Remate you can grab a minitaxi to El Cruce on the junction of Guatemala City and Belize. Grab a bus to the Belize boarder of Melchor de Mencos. You can stay at a great place called the Trek Stop past the Boarder on the way to San Ignacio. Xunantunich (Mayan ruins) is nearby and teh Belize River is quite nice.
From San Ignacio you can get a bus to the capital of Belmopan and then on to Belize City where you can grab a bus to the Mexican boarder towards Chetumal. From Chetumal you can grab a bus to Tulum and then on to Cancun.
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