Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jul 30, 2012 6:25 PM Last Post By: familiade5
Jul 16, 2012 8:23 AM
Jul 16, 2012 9:08 AM
Jul 16, 2012 11:12 AM
2When I went to Tikal, three young Swedish girls (no older than 22) stayed inside Tikal park by camping next to the hotel for a smaller fee than room rate. It seemed like a huge money saver, since hotels that are a 10 minute walk from the park are not the cheapest.
However, It does get hot as heck in Peten, so being able to have ventilation is a plus.
You can definitely stay outside on the cheap.
Depends on what you want to do and if things like watching the sun rise from atop a Mayan pyramid are your thing :)
Here are the hotels inside the park itself (you may need to call to ask about tent prices):
Jul 16, 2012 11:19 AM
3I think Tikal inn rents tents and you can use there facilities/cafes etc. You can camp on the soccer pitch near the entrance to Tikal, but there is no way to secure your belongings there, which is the case for most of CA, not to mention heat, but what about RAINY season? Its will be heavy afternoon showers more than likely.
You can also get cheap rooms in El Ramente...
Jul 16, 2012 12:27 PM
4Yes...Jaguar Inn in Tikal has pitched tents that they rent out.Don't know how much they ask...I stayed in Flores and went there on the first shuttle.
I haven't seen people sleeping in tents anywhere else in the country.....
Jul 18, 2012 11:27 AM
5Sorta taking "familiade5" literally in which case you're talking about a good-size tent. Even though camping at Jaguar Inn is convenient, you have access to a shower and bath and you save some quetzales, I'm not sure if lugging around the tent that is necessary to put a roof over five heads is worth the hassle. My wife and I have stayed at Jaguar Inn a couple of times and it was great. However, it's just the two of us and our dome tent will fit in some packs and is no problem. As I've said here before, you always have a place to stay when you have a tent which can especially be a problem during holidays. Maybe a couple dome tents would do the trick? We're heading to Alaska for the month of September on a biking trip and camping all the way in a place where hotel rooms start at $150! I've camped everywhere in CA and my main bit of advice is don't camp wild (or rough, ie.sin seguridad). You may save some dinero, but if you leave your carpa, you may return to find it empty or even gone. Tikal's awesome of course!
Jul 18, 2012 9:26 PM
6I'm surprised that none of the replies mentioned that there is a camping area inside the park with bathrooms that have showers. You can obtain a covered area with a concrete floor, a table and places to hang hammocks or you can pitch your tent in the grassy area. The camping area is quite safe and we've left our tents unattended (although zipped shut) during daytime walks into the ruins. There is a fee but it is quite inexpensive and the experience of being awaken before dawn by the noise created by awakening wildlife inside the park is incredible.
There is also a place in the nearest town, El Remate, where you can pitch your tent.
Farther along toward Guatemala City there are numerous camping areas. By camping in an organized camping area you can save big bucks and still have amenities such as hot showers, toilets and tables to sit down to eat your food.
Yeah, it's worth it.
Jul 19, 2012 1:16 AM
Jul 19, 2012 8:40 AM
8Panerian mentions that the camping area inside the park is "quite safe", but I camped there previously and someone got into the tent while I was enjoying the ruins during the day (luckily, they got nada as we had everything of value with us), Remate is less convenient than the Jaguar Inn tho i've heard good things about it. As Panerian also mentions, camping is a real savings, plus it's more intimate in most cases than a hotel. And re. the heat or rain, (1) if you're spending that much time in your tent, get a room and (2) a good quality tent handles rain with ease, tho I actually travel from Dec- March when flights are less and rain is rare. Camping inland is much less common than along the coast where it's a breeze and economico.
Jul 19, 2012 1:46 PM
Jul 30, 2012 6:25 PM
10Muchas gracias everybody,
we did take the tents to Tikal, turns out you can rent them there though...
We camped in Poptun also. Even though they both fit in one pack, we decided to leave them and pick them back up near the end of our trip.
We're in an apt in Antigua now. Nice to heal up after our Semuc Champey mosquito bites ;)
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