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Tikal or Caracol?

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Quebec City, Canada
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Tikal or Caracol?

Hi!

I would like to have your advice on visiting maya ruins... I just can't decide if I would rather visit Tikal or Caracol! Which one is your favorite? My budget is limited so I think that I can pay only for one of these tours.

Thanks for your help!

The Dalles, Oregon
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1. Re: Tikal or Caracol?

If you don't think you'll make it back to the region, don't miss Tikal. It's worth an overnight in my opinion. My photos with blog and travelogue links on the main page of each collection are below in case you're interested - Tikal visits in the 2003, 2007, 2009, and 2012 collections. Happy trails! flickr.com/photos/staceyholeman/collections

Quebec City, Canada
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2. Re: Tikal or Caracol?

Thank you Hopefulist! I have spent a lot of time reading the posts on the forum, and you are always there to answer! What a great soul!

For the overnight at Tikal, how much is it? I saw 400$ with a tour company... it is a lot for a student like me ;)

The Dalles, Oregon
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3. Re: Tikal or Caracol?

Thanks for your kind words!

You could stay more cheaply in El Remate or Flores but I think it's really worth the splurge to stay at a hotel in the park; my favorite is the Tikal Inn. Which tour company quoted $400? That sounds like a lot to me - maybe check with the providers below, too, and consider just arranging transport through the agency and reserving with a hotel directly.

http://www.pacztours.net/

http://mayawalk.com/

http://www.sanignaciobelizetours.com/

http://www.tikalinnsunrise.com/

Also consider using archaeologist/naturalist Roxy Ortiz for tours - I have loved every minute I've spent with her.

www.tikalroxy.blogspot.com

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Have a great trip, whatever you decide!

Quebec City, Canada
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4. Re: Tikal or Caracol?

I will certainly consider the options you gave me :)

I saw 400$ with Pacz!

The Dalles, Oregon
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5. Re: Tikal or Caracol?

Just be really clear with any package what is included and what isn't - transport, park entrance fees, guide costs, lodging, meals, etc.

Chandler
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6. Re: Tikal or Caracol?

Hi Hopeful,

Quick question - which room(s) did you stay in at the Tikal Inn? Is one type vastly better than the other? Did you do the dinner/breakfast option and if, so, how was it?

Finally, it sounds like you toured Tikal with Roxy - does that mean you did use the Tikal Inn folks? It looks like their "sunrise" tour is free w/room and meal plan?

Thanks - sorry for all the questions!

CH

The Dalles, Oregon
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7. Re: Tikal or Caracol?

Hi, Jeep -

There are a variety of room types. My favorite is Room 10 which is a nice, large, light room with 2 big beds, just around the corner from the pool, well situated but a little more private than the ones directly next to the pool. I think any of the rooms would be fine, even the ones away from the pool area.

A few times I've done the dinner/breakfast option and sometimes I've eaten at the little comedores instead - both work for me. I've found the food to be good to great at the Tikal Inn; others have complained so they are either pickier than I am or the cooks vary.

Although Roxy bases out of the Tikal Inn when she's in Peten and her brothers run the hotel, she is unlikely to be the guide they provide with a tour package. If you are interested in spending time with her you should book directly with her and then talk to the Tikal Inn about how it will affect the price; my guess is they'll tack on a bit to the usual package cost.

I've toured Tikal 3 or 4 times as well as several other area Maya sites - Uaxactun and Yaxha - with Roxy. She is incredibly knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend time with - a true gem. :-)

Edited: 6:31 pm, May 28, 2013
Cypress, Texas
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8. Re: Tikal or Caracol?

At least do the one day tour of Tikal. An unforgettable experience for only $145...

http://www.pacztours.net/belize/tikal.html

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