To reach Flores Guatemala and the ruin of Tikal, take the collectivo to Frontera Corosal and find a launch that goes to Bethel Guatemala. You need to arrange this before hand with the tour agency San Juan Tours or other agent in Palenque to be sure there will be transportation available for you at Bethel Guatemala.
- Transportation to Flores Guatemala and the ruin of Tikal
All the drivers and boat drivers use cell phones to make arrangements. They know when the vans and tour buses are available.
To make this trip you must pass through the small Mexican Customs station in Frontera Corozal. You will give up your Mexican Tourist card,(visa)
You board the launch for the half hour trip up the Usumacinta River and reach the small village of Bethel in Guatemala. You pass through Guatemala customs. No payment is needed, you pay when leaving the country, 40 Guatemalan Quetzals. (GTQ) about $5. USD. This could vary, you might pay at the check point in Bethel and not pay when leaving the country) See Exchange Rate
A money changer will be at the border station. Start very early on these trips.
Lodging and transportation options are available in the town of Isla Flores located on Lake Peten. Lodging is also available at the Tikal ruin site.
From Flores, Guatemala and Tikal, independent travelers often go on and travel through Belize or to Guatemala City.
Collectivo Transportation Services
Chamoan runs white vans from their terminal located just off (west) of the Cabeza Maya sculpture, just down the hill and to the right side of the road you will see their terminal. (Just a parking lot) Vans start at 5 am and run hourly for the 90 mile trip. to Frontera Corozal, 100 Pesos one way.
Transportes Benemiento runs vans from the same terminal (parking lot) to the Frontera for 70 Pesos starting at 3:30 am running hourly until 5 pm 70 Pesos one way. (Seasonal schedule and price may change)
These vans will pick up and drop off passenger along the way.
The collective vans are the local bus for the people living along the highway that runs parallel to the Usumacinta River. The drivers are just drivers they do not tour or answer questions or offer information on customs, money exchange or any other topic. They just drive. The vans do not have AC. This is the budget option for travel to Frontera Corozal.
Immigration authorities are active on the road, best to have a passport and copy of your Mexican visa.
Package Tours from Palenque to Ruin Sites
For visitors that want a level of comfort there are several tour agencies located in the town of Palenque that run trips to Yaxchilan, Bonampak, Tonina, Agua Azule, the cascades. and to Flores, Guatemala for trips to Tikal.
(Note on Flores trips.)
The Flores trips are package deals that include transportation by San Juan Travel from Bethel Guatemala to Flores, Guatemala, These vehicles are not air conditioned. The drivers are just drivers not tour guides so there might be no help with customs and immigration and money changing.
van to Bonampak, Yaxchilan, and other destinations. They are located on Calle (Street) Benito Juarez, the main street in Palenque City. English and Spanish spoken. www.viajesmisol-ha.com.mx
- Mundo Maya de Viajes Misol-Ha offers packages via AC
English and Spanish spoken. Flores via San Juan Travel
- OTC tours running vans tour packages to Bonampak, Yaxchilan, and Flores.
- Kichan Ba-jlum, packages, Yaxchilan, Bonampak, Agua Azule www.kichanbajlum.com
Area Ruin Sites, Sightseeing:
between the 5th and 10th centuries AD near the Usumacinta River and the border with Guatemala in Mexico's southern most State of Chiapas.
- Bonampak Ruin Site, is an abandoned stone city built by the Mayans
Bonampak was once an important Mayan political center allied with nearby Yaxchilan.
From the city of Palenque, collectivos and tour buses make the two and a half hour trip to Bonampak and Yaxchilan.
- Yaxchilan. The Mayan inhabitants abandoned the city around 1000 AD. The site is isolated and reached by boat on the Usumacinta River.
Tonina is a Mayan ruin site in the town of Ocosingo on the San Cristobal de las Casas road. Tonina Photos
Tours also leave Palenque and follow a different road for the cascades
Mayan Ruin of Tonina can be reached from the town of Ocosingo which also has an ADO terminal.
- Agua Azule is on the road to San Cristobal de las Casas. On that road, the
Transportation from Palenque reaches Bonampak
Reach the ruin site of Usumacinta River
Palenque Ruin Site
Yaxchilan Ruin Site
Bonampak Murals, Transportation from Palenque
Tonina Ruin Site
Up to Date Information to reach Palenque and distant ruin sites of Yaxchilan, Bonampak and the Guatemalan town of Flores for trips to the ruin site of Tikal.
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Maya Ruin Site Travel Details, For Travelers Visiting During December 2012
The Maya were avid astronomers and record keepers. They used the concept of zero and it is proposed by some researchers that they knew that the world was a sphere as was the sun and moon. Their world was in a repeating 5,125 year cycle and that iteration would end at some time. That time is here.
December 21, 2012, the winter solstice, is the date for the end of the Maya world and for the entire world according to some.
This date is subject to much debate due to various interpretations of the Mayan calendar and the Mayan culture. None the less, many people are anticipating the end of the world in December of 2012 and many will travel to the Maya region to await the apocalypse.
Others will travel to celebrate a new era as perhaps the Mayans would have done.
See detailed description of the phenomenon at Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_phenomenon
ADO Bus runs very modern bus service that connects through the City of Villahermosa, through Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas, Merida, Cancun and other cities.
A small airport on the outskirts of the town of Palenque has cab service into the city of Palenque.
Palenque, a city of 85,000, offers a variety of transportation to many other ruin sites.
Transportation To Ruin Sites
To reach Palenque Ruin Site catch the white van collective taxis that make runs to the ruin about every 15 minutes and cost 10 pesos. They round the rotary at the Cabeza Maya, a large sculptured head at the entrance to the town.
- Palenque Ruin Site and Museum,
Once they reach the ruin, they park for ten or fifteen minutes and wait to fill.
Transportation to Other Mayan Ruin Sites.
Two van services run no frills collectivos to the Frontera for boat trips to the Mayan Site of Yaxchilan.
- Transportation To Yaxchilan Ruin Site
The vans reach Frontera Corosal, a small town on the banks of the Usumacinta River in the Zona Lacondona. This town is about 90 miles from Palenque. Have small change for water, food and the 15 pesos park entrance fee.
The vans drop passengers at the crossroads for Mayan Bonampak. From there visitors can find collective taxis to the 14 miles of dirt road to the Bonampak Ruin,
- Transportation to Bonampak Ruin Site.