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> Bus from Mexico to Guatemala, Bus company and crossing the border
erriuc
post Oct 6 2007, 11:30 AM
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Hello travelers,

does anyone knows the best bus company to go from Mexico to Guatemala (Flores/Tical).
I know there is Bamba, is there another?
Also, I have heard this thing that they (Guatemaltec) sometimes illegaly ask for $ to cross the border? Anyone can fill me in on that?

Tx and peace to all

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post Nov 13 2007, 06:44 PM
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I thought about doing this trip earlier in the year, but I was discouraged by some Guatemalans who told me that the Mexican/Guatemalan border is getting to be a bad place right now. Villages are being burned again and the relations between the two countries are always a little tense. I'm not sure where in Mexico you are going to leave from, but I know that Chetumal has a bus that goes through Belize straight into the area that Tikal occupies.

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Hello travelers,

does anyone knows the best bus company to go from Mexico to Guatemala (Flores/Tical).
I know there is Bamba, is there another?
Also, I have heard this thing that they (Guatemaltec) sometimes illegaly ask for $ to cross the border? Anyone can fill me in on that?

Tx and peace to all

Eric
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post Nov 20 2007, 09:00 PM
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As of about 2 years ago, going in the other direction, any of the travel agencies in Flores could book you on a cobbled-together (minibus-boat-van) ride to Palenque. Took about 8 hours and from memory cost abut $30 (including the $5 bribe to the border guard on the Guate side). Assuming whoever was actually running it still is (anyone been there more recently?) you should be able to book it through any travel/tour agency (of which there are many) in Palenque.


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post Nov 20 2007, 09:03 PM
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last year, I took a private minivan from Mexico (San Cristobal de las Casas) to Guatemala. It was a really nice trip, and not at all scary. We stopped at theborder to do some money exchange and get our passports stamped, which was a little intense (lots of people trying to get you to change money with them - be prepared, know the exchange rate!), but our driver really knew how to handle the situation.

I recommend going with a mid-range price...you can check out what I paid on my travelblog smile.gif

Good luck!


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post Nov 21 2007, 05:45 AM
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QUOTE(Jessica_CDN @ Nov 21 2007, 02:03 AM) *

last year, I took a private minivan from Mexico (San Cristobal de las Casas) to Guatemala. It was a really nice trip, and not at all scary. We stopped at theborder to do some money exchange and get our passports stamped, which was a little intense (lots of people trying to get you to change money with them - be prepared, know the exchange rate!), but our driver really knew how to handle the situation.

I recommend going with a mid-range price...you can check out what I paid on my travelblog smile.gif

Good luck!


I did the trip from San Cristobal to Xela as well but tried to do it on my own. Still ended up costing me about $40 as I missed the 2 early buses to the border! The minibus trip from the hostel was $40 and would have saved a lot of hassle.

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Yeah Rich - I thought it would be easier that way. By then I'd had enough adventures on the buses in Mexico to forego them. (Got robbed from Puerto Escondido to San Cristobal. ugh!)

generally though I loved the buses in Mexico - helps to know which companies to use though - I wish I'd kept better records of that!


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