As part of our first trip through Central America, my girlfriend and I were planning on making a trip at the start of June from Palenque in Mexico to Flores in Guatemala and than onto Tikal. Spending a night and than making our way to Antigua via Guatemala City.
I have read a lot of negative forums lately about the roads to and from Tikal and I am growing ever more worried about the roads in the area. We are travelling on a back packers budget so can't afford to have private accomodation or guards as has been suggested. I need some advise from people, preferably people who have been there recently, as to what to do or even whether we should even go to Tikal. I would love to visit the site and stay for a night but if there is a chance we could get robbed at gun point or hijacked I am not sure if it is worth it.
Also we were looking at getting a bus, possibly even a night bus from Flores to Guetamala city and than onto Antigua. Again I have read mixed reviews from people on the buses to be taken. The only reason we are looking at night buses is because we don't want to end up in Guatemala city at night. Has anyone got any advise on what buses are best to be taken through this journey?
Any advise would be greatly appreciated as I really do want to experience Guatemala and it's wonders but I don't want to put myself or more importantly my girlfiend at risk and am even considering skipping Guatemala all together. Again any feedback would be appreciated