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Suggestions for Palenque & Tikal trip in a 2 wk trip

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We would be flying from the US Northwest. Is this trip possible in two weeks and where should we fly into? Hotels, rental cars, etc, etc. Thanks for all input.

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    I've been to both on and they're fantastic. I went on separate trips, however, so I'll have to defer to someone else on whether it's good idea to try to do both on one trip. My sense is you can see both in two weeks -- that is, if you're prepared to spend some down-time traveling. You may consider flying into Guatelmala and then basing out of Antigua. They're very close, and you probably don't want to spend much time in GC. You can fly directly into Tikal from Guatemala City. Definitely don't bus it; I hear it takes close to a day. I bet after that much time on a Guatemalan bus you wouldn't want to see Palenque, or anything else for that matter, anyway. While in Tikal, stay at one of the places inside the park. Be brave, climb one of the temples and stay until the sun sets. The walk back through the jungle in the dark can be a little unsettling (with all the howler monkeys making racket) but it's fun and worth it. I don't know if you can get from Tikal to Palenque directly or not. I bet even if you could, though, you'd need a four-wheel vehicle. It'd probably be better to go back to GC/Antigua and try to make it to Tuxtla Gutierrez or San Cristobal de las Casas for the trip to Palenque. Sorry I'm not more help on making the connection between the two places; hopefully, someone else can lend you a hand. Good luck and have fun.

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    You can do both on a two week trip. I suggest you take an 'open-jaw' flight landing in Mexico and departing Guatemala City. Once you get to Palenque there are loads of tour companies who will arrange your transport across the border to Flores ( Tikal ). The cheapest crossing I found was via the border crossing at Bethel ( Bet ell ) on the Guatemalan side - it is also the quickest ( 10 hours ). You can cross at El Naranjo as well for those who like long boat trips and overnight stops. I organised the trip in Palenque for about US$60. You can change US dollars and Mexican pesos to Guatemalan quetzales at Guatemala immigration. The immigration cost is separate and is about US$5. The actual road from Bethel to Flores is stomach-churning as are all roads in the Peten region of Guatemala. You can then fly from Flores to Guatemala City for about US$45 and I recommend it because by bus it takes 16 hours down bad roads which are subject to bandits. I posted a few pictures of this particular trip at - follow the Central American link.

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