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Comments : If you have some time ahead, explore : there are more than 20 archeological sites in the area ! Otherwise, spend a night and head for Tikal !
What to do ? Relax from your trip, on the shore of the river / Explore ruins / Walk jungle / Spot wildlife / Make beautiful river trips
What you may not like ? Having little to see in town / The slightly higher cost for food & water / The sticky weather / The mosquitoes / The cost for the boat
How long ? A few minutes for the town, half a day for Ceibal (by boat), a few days for the other ruins.
Where to stay ? Quite a few places to stay with basically two options : very basic or nice. Whatever, make sure you get a fan.
Where to eat ? A few comedores and restaurants. A cheap one (Q12 meat, Q15 fish), popular with locals, is Comedor Esmeralda, opp. Hospedaje Sayaxche. A better but slightly more expensive one (Q20 meat, Q25 for two big fishes) is Restaurant La Playa, by the Texaco Station.
Bank ? You can change TC at Banora, near the river. It however closes early at 4pm.
Water ? The cheapest place for water was Tienda Los Gemelitos, near Bank Corpobanco : Q0.75 or even the usual Q0.50 after some discussion. Other places charge Q1.
Visiting the ruins of Ceibal ? It is advisable to visit them before Tikal but the setting in the jungle is also nice and there are some good carvings. The easiest way is upstream on the river but it cost $30 for the boat (bargain !) for the whole adventure (free entrance). Allow half a day. It is much cheaper by road but it involves a 8km walk through the jungle from the main road (take any transport heading South) and would therefore require a day (and lot's of water). Renting a bike would be a good option is you can find one...
Other ruins ? The lago de Petexbatun's shores offer lot's of wildlife and Maya ruins, incl. Aguateca (boat plus 20mn walk, good carving, view and atmosphere) and original Dos Pilas (boat to Rancho El Caribe plus 12km walk). Ask in town for more info.
Leaving ? The only bus to Coban leaves at around 4am (Q40, 8 hours). After that, you can take a pick-up (or bus at 7 & 13) to Raxruja (Q20, 2 hours) and change bus there (last bus to Coban reported at 1pm). There is also one bus to Guatemala City at 4:30pm. For Flores, buses at 6, 6:30, 11 & 18 plus regular pick-ups and micro-buses. All cost Q10 and takes 2 hours. To Bethel (Mexican Border), you will have to take one of the three daily bus coming from Flores, at the junction north of Sayaxche.
The trip to Santa Elena (Flores) : SS / L&R / Q10 / 2 hrs
See also the trip from Raxruja