There are a lot of stories “out there” about how to do it. How it’s been done, etc. I’m here to tell you with a few pics, how we did it. All information and facts are accurate as of August 2013.
If you’ve read my posts here on this blog, you’ll see one about how to “get to Belize from Cancun on the ADO”. Well, coming back is the reverse, however, even thought there are less stops, it TAKES 2 hours longer! Go figure.
You’ll start by a visit to the main bus station in Belize City, where you’ll also remember our dear friend “Amin”, the convenience store owner/ADO ticket agent. (It’s cut off, but in this photo, you can actually SEE his name above the telephone number top right…
But you CANNOT buy your ticket BEFORE he opens the ticket booth until 5:00pm daily!
Just walk up to his convenience store prior to, say “hello” so he knows you’re there for a BUS TICKET, not Pringles and a coke.
Once he leaves the convenience store, usually he dons a Red baseball cap signifying his new role. Step up and begin conversing with him as he is SUPER friendly.
Remember, Amin is going to walk literally like 15 feet from his store, through a door opening, then will be standing at the ticket booth…please refer to the below photo that illustrates this little factoid…
Also, use the photo’s included here to actually SEE the fees charged. It’s $19.00/person Belize ($9.50 US) for your ticket from Belize City TO Mexico.
Once you pass through immigration and customs, (The SAME exact offices as when you came in – I’ve posted the same photos here to remind you), there is NO money paid at the Mexican border at all. You’ll be given the FM3 to complete, get stamped, then back on the bus.
The bus will drive about a mile, then stop again in Belize. You AND your luggage get to disembark again. Answer a few questions, then pay a Belizean exit/conservation fee of $37.50/$18.75 U.S./person.
You and your luggage back on the bus. There’s ONE more fee to pay folks…it was disclosed by Amin to you back in Belize, however, with everything going on, you, like me, may have completely forgotten about it as you look at all the Belizean money left in your pocket that you can’t exchange; DAMN THAT AMIN!
But, you think…”WHY would HE do such a thing as leave me with SO much Belizean money?”, then settle in to your seat for the long drive back to Cancun.
Just when the rhythmic whirr of the bus tires lulls you into a slumber, you hear the pressure release of the air brakes signaling of the stopping of the bus.
As you AGAIN see the disembarking of people stream past you, you think, “WTF now?”
The driver mumbles something about “…boletas”. Your mind races to think of what the hell is a boleta? I mean, seriously, it’s like 1:00 in the morning and you’ve been at this since 7:30…lastnight.
You then see the other passengers lining up outside a small, unmarked strip mall building. “Where are we?” you ask.
“Bacalar”, someone responds.
“Why does that sound familiar?” you ask yourself.
Weary mind recollection kicks in. “Oh yeah.”
Amin told me I would be stopping in “Bacalar”. However, since we didn’t stop here on the way TO Belize, I don’t know WHY.
Answer: THIS is where you pay ($83.00 Belize/$41.50 US) for your return ticket BACK to Cancun.
After paying this fare, the match adds up. “I apologize Amin.” you say to yourself.
So, doing the math, your return ticket cost is, in U.S., $9.50, $8.75, $41.50, total of: $59.75/person.
You buy your ticket, get back on the bus and as the sun begins to rise, and you feel like you’ve been partying like a broke rock star all night, you finally arrive in Cancun…fondly remembering why you did it all in the first place…
Get yourself a shower, a little nourishment and A LOT of sleep in a comfy bed, and you’ve got one HELLUVA story to tell that I guarantee WILL amuse, amaze and impress listeners. Go ahead. Try it.