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Mexico -> Belize -> Guatamala

I would like to ride from the US (brownsville) to Tikal. Stopping on the way in the Yucatan and/or Belize for some snorkeling and saltwater fly fishing. Right now my tentative plan is to get down to Belize as fast as possible, then start smelling the roses in Belize and Guatamala. My question is how long should I allow to get to Belize city? Can anyone recommend some places to stop along the way for overnight lodging or camping? One more for now, Where is the best place to figure out how far it is between cities in mex, bel, and guat?

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Hi Wes,
A lot of questions. I've done the trip you propose both ways, going South and North. Brownsville is a good crossing point, in my opinion one of the least chaotic. Once across, follow the Caribbean coastline all the way. Avoid Mexico City, too many hassles. Be sure to stop at Palenque, Chichen Itza, and Tulum for great ruins. Stop whenever you're tired at relatively inexpensive hotels or motels. Very few campgrounds. Learn some Spanish. Much appreciated. Smile a lot. Bring a bit of money. Watch your belongings in Belize City. You may want to go out to the keys for some diving. Be careful with where you're going to leave the bike while away. Otherwise, you're in for a treat. A great ride. Pick up a free map of Mexico from the AAA. Great for figuring out distances. Forget GPS; another gadget to watch not to get ripped off.
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