22 days in Guatemala, Mexico & Caye Caulker Itinerary

22 days in Guatemala, Mexico & Caye Caulker Itinerary

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Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tulum, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Bus to Orange Walk, Fly to San Pedro, Ferry to Caye Caulker
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 4 nights
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Ferry to San Pedro, Fly to Belize City Goldson Intl Apt, Shuttle to Belize City, Bus to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
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Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to San Lucas Toliman
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San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— 1 night
Ferry to Panajachel, Shuttle to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
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Cancun, Mexico

— 3 nights
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines, and make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas.

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Exeter, UK to Cancun is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Tulum, Mexico

— 5 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chichen Itza (The Ossuary, Chichen Itza, &more), Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Getting from Cancun to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. May in Tulum sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Caye Caulker, Belize

— 4 nights
At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Change things up with these side-trips from Caye Caulker: San Pedro (Belizean Arts, 12 Belize, &more). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Estuary of Caye Caulker and take in the exciting artwork at Red Flower Gallery.

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You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Tulum to Caye Caulker in 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Tulum to Caye Caulker is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tulum in May since evenings lows in Caye Caulker dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
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You can do a combination of ferry, flight, shuttle, and bus from Caye Caulker to Tikal National Park in 11 hours. On the 29th (Fri), you'll travel to San Lucas Toliman.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala

— 2 nights
San Lucas Tolimán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stop by Ceramica Multicolor, make a trip to San Antonio Palopo, and then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Volcano Toliman and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Atitlan.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tikal National Park to San Lucas Toliman. In May, daily temperatures in San Lucas Toliman can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in San Lucas Toliman

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

— 1 night
Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Tzunun' Ya', look for gifts at Atitlan Women Weavers, get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, then browse the exhibits of Galeria Imox, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna.

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Traveling by car from San Lucas Toliman to San Pedro La Laguna takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Lucas Toliman in May, San Pedro La Laguna is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Antigua, Guatemala

— 4 nights
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, La Aurora Zoo, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

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You can do a combination of ferry and shuttle from San Pedro La Laguna to Antigua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Antigua when traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in June, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.

Lake Atitlan travel guide

4.4
Wildlife Areas · Bodies of Water · Ruins
Lake Atitlan, a large volcanic lake, provides the setting for a wealth of interesting Mayan towns and villages. Surrounded by imposing and scenic mountains, the lake forms part of a sprawling national park, rich in wildlife and cultural attractions. The main towns and villages range from touristy gateways to authentic realms of tradition and culture, with charming local markets, rustic architecture, and a laid-back feel. Many of the towns can only be reached by boat, with trips on the lake high on most visitors' Lake Atitlan itineraries.