Palenque to Flores via Yaxchilan & Bonampak
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Nov 11, 2012 3:25 PM Last Post By: CascadeBob
Nov 3, 2012 1:58 PM
All the tours i have seen only give 2 hours at Yaxchilan and 1 hour at Bonampak. This really doesn't seem like very long, we like to have quite a while at the maya sites, spent most of the day at Chichen Itza. Also I would rather do it independently as I'm not a big fan of group tours, seems like cheating, lol.
I was thinking of getting a collectivo to Frontera Corozal, dropping off our backpacks in the hostel (we are still very nervous about all our stuff going missing, lol) then doing bonampak in the afternoon. Staying the night in Corozal and then doing Yaxchilan the next day before crossing the border at Bethel into Guatamala on the third morning.
Does this sound sensible?
We suck at getting up early but could probably get to Frontera Corozal by half 12. How long would it take to get from there to Bonampak ruins because the transport changes with the Lancandon seem complicated?
Also as we are still in the low season I was wondering about how easy it will be to find people to share the lanchas to and from Yaxchilan because I cant afford to pay 500 pesos for just the two of us, otherwise I think doing the tour would be cheaper.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give, travelling is still very new to us :)
Nov 3, 2012 3:14 PM
Nov 3, 2012 7:06 PM
2You need to try to get up early to make the trip easy. Making your connections is the hardest part. If you don't get to Bonampak by 12.00 then you won't have as much time there as you want. Your trip sounds doable but getting up fairly early will help. Waiting for people for the boats shouldn't be to bad with a early start since the tours all leave Palenque at 6:00 am. Its a easy trip.
Nov 3, 2012 11:18 PM
3I did the overnight tour, staying with the Lacondon people, and did a very interesting "caminante" walk, in the jungle with a guide. Then, back to Palenque. It is possible to continue to Flores, instead of Palenque. Definitely no tourists hords, great way to go. And enough time to visit the ruins. Very reasonble as well, two years ago.
Nov 4, 2012 1:52 PM
Nov 4, 2012 3:14 PM
Nov 4, 2012 9:56 PM
6Thanks for all of your advise. After a very frustrating day dealing with my hostel in Palenque who had managed to stain my girlfriends white dress bright orange when they washed it I decided to do the trip independently (this may prove a massive mistake but if you'll never know until you try i guess). I'd read bad things about the tours and was having a bad day :)
Taking heyduke's advise I think we will try to get us as early as we can and go to frontera corozal. Drop the bags in the hostel. Any advise on which to choose between escuado jaguar and neuva alianze would be massively appreciated as there is little info online anywhere on prices or prebooking or anything. See Yaxchilan in the afternoon as its less travelling than Bonampak. Then spend the next day at bonampak and doing a jungle tour near the village, which I've read is very good ( i'm hoping someone will speak english as i'm only just learning basic spanish??). Then return to frontera in the evening before an early trip to Bethel and Guatamala in the third morning.
How easy is the border crossing btw? I've never done an overland one before and I'm a bit nervous about doing it independently, what exactly do I need to do?
Sorry for all the questions you guys probably think are very obvious :)
Nov 5, 2012 3:23 AM
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Nov 6, 2012 7:22 AM
9A note here always hand wash your own clothing. Other wise you may find it hanging on a bush to dry and getting torn. Never bring nice clothing for a road trip if you need to dress up have a denim skirt. You can bus to Frontera Corazal and see the Mayan Ruins nearby and stay at one of the rustic places there. They also offer good food. You can then cross the river and get a bus form Bethel, Guatemala right to Flores, It is along trip so have food and water. Photos of my doing this trip on my website wolfcalls.com
Nov 6, 2012 7:29 AM
10A note here always hand wash your own clothing.
I've been hand washing my clothes for many years while traveling. I carry a two-metre (that's six feet for you Yanks) length of rope and a few clothes-pins, and hang my clothes to dry in my hotel room while I'm out (some hotels will even offer their own on-the-roof line for you to use).
Nov 7, 2012 4:22 AM
11Hell mclarjh - I just wear quick-dry clothes (expedia underwear, REI convertable pants & shirts poly-mix socks). I'll wash these out in the shower stall or bathtub wherever I am, hang'em in the bathroom or patio, and voila - an hour later they're dry, clean and ready to go. This cuts WAY down on the bulkiness of my luggage which is now down to a single, small, carry-on travel pack for even multi-week long extended trips and still leaving room to bring back the odd bottle of tequila or such.
Nov 7, 2012 2:34 PM
I'm interested to traveling fron Frontera Corozal to Tikal but I am afraid that when I take the boat across the river there are no buses or I have to wait hours for a bus to Tikal. Can I reserve a bus in Frontera or are there enough buses traveling from Bethal to Flores? What is the cost to go to Bethel to Tikal?
Nov 7, 2012 3:46 PM
Nov 7, 2012 10:36 PM
14Let me know about your experience crossing river from Frontera Corozal to Bethel
(4 star Hotel)
From US$70.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$92.59 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$82.49 per night