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Chaa Creek - use rental car or planned excursions?

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Chaa Creek - use rental car or planned excursions?

We are staying at Chaa Creek for four nights and were wondering if we should rent a car to drive out there and use it to explore the nearby ruins and parks or opt for the hotel transport and planned excursions?

We have a good sense of adventure and like to do things on our own time table but certainly don't want to miss out on anything because we can't get to it by ourselves.

Please recommend what you might do while there and how you would get there. We are spending a week on a diving liveaboard and then 4 nights in the Cayo district. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Chaa Creek - use rental car or planned excursions?

It's a matter of choice, you can pretty easily drive around and see beauty spots, but for ruins, I would certainly want a guide, also for caves you must have a guide.

If you hire a car, get a 4wd, the roads are pretty bad especially during the rainy season.

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2. Re: Chaa Creek - use rental car or planned excursions?

We used their transportation to get to and from the lodge. The lodge is kind of isolated and down a bumpy road. Most people eat their meals at the lodge for that reason.

PACZ tours is another good option for tours. We found the prices to be more affordable than Chaa's. They'll pick you up right at the lodge. Both PACZ and Chaa had excellent guides. I was happy with our decision not to get a car.

San Ignacio, Belize
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3. Re: Chaa Creek - use rental car or planned excursions?

Rental cars are quite expensive, so I usually don't recommend them, but if you wanted to do all the excursions on your own, then it would really come in handy. You could even use it to go to ATM if you got your own guide.

Be sure and see Caracol and Mountain Pine Ridge. ATM is a must too. If you do have a car, then a great local day is Xuanantunich and the Iguana Hatchery.

Have fun!

San Diego
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4. Re: Chaa Creek - use rental car or planned excursions?

Thanks a million for the great info. Which tours did you particularly enjoy?

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5. Re: Chaa Creek - use rental car or planned excursions?

If you are comfortable driving on bumpety road then I would definitely get a car. We stayed a CC this summer and took ourselves to the local ruins and explored the towns. It's fun to have the freedom to stop when you want etc. You are a captive audience at Chaa Creek. There are many reviews that speak of this issue at CC.

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6. Re: Chaa Creek - use rental car or planned excursions?

We did Tikal and Barton Creek and loved them. Tikal has amazing ruins, and we saw some cool wildlife there like spider monkeys, aracaris, and oscillated turkeys. We also did Barton Creek - a neat canoeing trip through the cave system. There are artifacts inside left by the Mayans. If we had had more time, I definitely would have done ATM - it gets rave reviews. Our guides were great.

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