I am planning to go to Belize in March of next year and I heard it is cheaper to buy airfare to Cancun or Playa Del Carmen, then take a bus to the border town of Chetumal, followed by a bus ride to cross the border to the desired destination in Belize. What has been your experience crossing the Mexican/Belize border?? I heard there are no exit or entrance fees, but that the Mexican border authority has falsely asked travelers to pay up. What other things shall my family, friends and I be concerned about during this process?
I was also wondering how safe it is to cross the Belize/Guatemalan border near San Ignacio. I want to visit the ruins in the Tikal park, but have heard stories of the Mexican cartels creating a known presence in the area. I plan on looking up travel advisories before confirming plans, but first I would like to hear of any first-hand experiences with the crossing. My family and I (no children) plan on taking a bus to the border then transferring to a cab to the park or taking a bus straight to Tikal, whatever is more efficient.