APPROXIMATE TRAVEL TIMES:
Cancun to Chichen Itza or vice versa: 3 hours by car.
Cancun to Merida or vice versa: By car or bus: 4.5 hours, By Air: 50 minutes.
Cancun to Palenque or vice versa: By car 10 hours, By overnight bus 12-13 hours, By Air: 1.5 hours non-stop to Villahermosa on Vivaaerobus Airlines (flights from $150 round-trip 3 days a week) or 4-6 hours on Aeromexico Airlines connecting through Mexico City (flights daily).
Mexico City to Palenque: Non-stop flights to Villahermosa daily or non-stop directly into the Palenque airport on Thursdays and Sundays (Interjet Airlines).
Merida to Palenque or vice versa: By car: 6 hours, By Air: 55 minutes (flying into Villahermosa which is closest airport to Palenque).
Palenque to Tikal or vice versa: By land 2.5 hours, by boat: 1 hour, by land 3 hours. Minimum 6.5 hours. No direct flights.
Tikal to Copan or vice versa: By land 9 hours. By air requires multiple connections. Best option is one-way flight from Flores (nearest airport to Tikal) to Guatemala City and from there take 1st class bus to Copan (8 hours).
Tikal to Cancun or vice versa: There are currently no direct flights from the Flores airport to Cancun. However, if you travel by land to Belize City (around 6 hours) there are direct flights to Cancun on Tropic Air. Alternately, if you have 2 days to do the journey go by land and boat to Palenque -- 7 hours -- spend the night in beautiful Palenque, then 2 hours to Villahermosa (closest airport to Palenque) and from there fly to Cancun non-stop on Vivaaerobus Airlines (flights from $80 one way on select days of the week).
Tikal to San Ignacio Belize or vice versa: Around 3 hours depending on border crossing time.
Copan to Guatemala City or vice versa: 6 hours by private transfer, 8 hours by first class bus.
Guatemala City to Antigua or vice versa: 40 min. to 1 hour depending on traffic.
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