We are arriving in Flores on a Wed morning, staying at Hotel Tikal Inn, and flying out on Saturday morning. I wanted to hire a private taxi to get to Tikal, then hire one on Thursday to see el Zotz and Uaxactun, then hire one on Friday to see Yaxha. Do most of the taxi drivers work as tour guides, also? Am I better off booking with Gem Tours in advance...they seem expensive. Also, I'm nervous about getting ripped off or robbed after reading the post about bandits. I was just going to wing it regarding a tour guide and transportation, but know I don't know. Any help on this is appreciated. Also - how long of a taxi ride is it from Flores to Tikal?