34 days in Guatemala, Belize, & Yucatan Peninsula

34 days in Guatemala, Belize, & Yucatan Peninsula

Sheri Marander

Make it your trip
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 7 nights
Shuttle
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala
— 1 day
Shuttle
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Panajachel, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Ferry
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San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Taxi
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San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Ferry
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San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 1 night
Drive
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Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Pedro, Belize
— 1 night
Drive
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Chetumal, Mexico
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Bacalar, Mexico
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Valladolid, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
Drive
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
— 1 day
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly to Cancun, Ferry to Isla Mujeres
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
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Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize
— 1 day
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 1 night
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala

— 7 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ninos De Guatemala as well as Arco de Santa Catalina. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Convento Santa Clara and Catedral de San Jose. It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Iglesia Escuela de Cristo.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip builder app.

Guatemala City to Antigua is an approximately 1-hour bus ride. You can also take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Tours

Chichicastenango, Guatemala

— 1 day

Chichi

Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Chichicastenango online tour planner.

You can take a shuttle from Antigua to Chichicastenango in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Chichicastenango when traveling from Antigua in November, with lows around 9°C. You will leave for Panajachel on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Panajachel, Guatemala

— 4 nights
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of St Francis and ChocoMuseo Panajachel. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iximche and La Galeria. Take a break from Panajachel with a short trip to Solola Market in Solola, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Lacustre de Atitlan, browse the different shops at Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, see the interesting displays at Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Atitlan Gardens.

Before you visit Panajachel, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a shuttle from Chichicastenango to Panajachel in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Panajachel when traveling from Chichicastenango in November, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for the ferry ride to San Marcos La Laguna.

Things to do in Panajachel

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala

— 2 nights
San Marcos La Laguna is a village on the western shore of Lago Atitlán in the Sololá Department of Guatemala. On your second day here, stop by Xocolatl, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Marcos La Laguna trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Panajachel to San Marcos La Laguna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Panajachel in November since evenings lows in San Marcos La Laguna dip to 10°C. You will leave for San Pedro La Laguna on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in San Marcos La Laguna

Wildlife · Parks · Spas · Shopping

San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

— 2 nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Atitlan Women Weavers, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Peter, and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro.

Find out how to plan San Pedro La Laguna trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

San Pedro La Laguna is very close to San Marcos La Laguna. November in San Pedro La Laguna sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

— 1 night
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago Atitlan day trip planner.

Santiago Atitlan is just a short distance from San Pedro La Laguna. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santiago Atitlan when traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in November, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Santa Cruz Spanish School. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Manos Crucenas Artisan Store, then hike along El Pico de Cielo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz La Laguna online vacation planner.

You can drive from Santiago Atitlan to Santa Cruz La Laguna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Santiago Atitlan in November since evenings lows in Santa Cruz La Laguna dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala

— 2 nights
San Juan La Laguna is a municipality on the southern shore of Lago de Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox, then head outdoors with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, and then experience rural life at Cafe La Voz. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Lema Association and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Juan la Laguna tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Cruz La Laguna to San Juan la Laguna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, daily temperatures in San Juan la Laguna can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Santa Catarina Palopo.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

Outdoors · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala

— 1 night
Santa Catarina Palopó is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catarina Palopo Church.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Catarina Palopo vacation planner.

Getting from San Juan la Laguna to Santa Catarina Palopo by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from San Juan la Laguna in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santa Catarina Palopo, with lows around 17°C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Santa Catarina Palopo

Historic Sites

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park online road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santa Catarina Palopo to Tikal National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

San Ignacio, Belize

— 1 night

Cayo Town

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Ignacio trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to San Ignacio in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Belize City.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Spas

Belize City, Belize

— 2 nights
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get outside with Cavetubing5star, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Queen Street Baptist church. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize and then stroll through Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Belize City road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from San Ignacio to Belize City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Belize City sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

San Pedro, Belize

— 1 night
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 26th (Tue), look for gifts at 12 Belize and then take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Belize City to San Pedro in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chetumal.

Things to do in San Pedro

Shopping · Museums

Chetumal, Mexico

Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chetumal itinerary builder app.

Getting from San Pedro to Chetumal by car takes about 5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro to Chetumal due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Chetumal are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Chetumal

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Bacalar, Mexico

— 6 nights
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Lake Bacalar will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil and Pyramid of the Masks. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bacalar: Mahahual (Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya, Spas, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, delve into the distant past at Kinichna, and head outdoors with Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bacalar trip planner.

You can drive from Chetumal to Bacalar in an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Mexico

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos. Visiting Ziggy Beach and Gran Cenote will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum road trip planning website.

Traveling by shuttle from Bacalar to Tulum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bacalar in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tulum: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Valladolid.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Valladolid, Mexico

— 1 night

Sultana of the East

One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
On the 8th (Sun), stroll through Xkopek Parque Apicola, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Palomitas, then Head underground at Zazil Tunich, and finally don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Valladolid trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Tulum to Valladolid by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Valladolid when traveling from Tulum in December, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chichen Itza tour planner.

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Chichen Itza takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will leave for Playa del Carmen on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 1 night
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Ambarte, then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen travel route planner.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in December, expect Playa del Carmen to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Puerto Aventuras.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

— 1 day
Powdery white-sand beaches bring hoards of tourists to Puerto Aventuras, a small but modern settlement on Mexico's popular Riviera Maya.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach and then browse for treasures at Mexicarte.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Aventuras trip planner.

Puerto Aventuras is just a short distance from Playa del Carmen. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Puerto Aventuras

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Cozumel, Mexico

— 3 nights
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
San Miguel Church (Iglesia de San Miguel) and BALAM Art Painted on Feathers are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and El Paso del Cedral Reef. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Chen Rio, stop by Sergio's Silver from Taxco, and browse the exhibits of Galo Art Studio Cozumel Art.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Puerto Aventuras to Cozumel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Cozumel are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

— 4 nights
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
PARROQUIA INMACULADA CONCEPCIÓN and Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and El Farito. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Norte, look for gifts at Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres, don't miss a visit to Women's Beading Cooperative, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Cozumel to Isla Mujeres by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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.
Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Caracol and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Before you visit Cancun, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Ride a ferry from Isla Mujeres to Cancun in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Pedro, Belize

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Secret Beach Belize and then explore the gorgeous colors at Mexico Rocks.

To see photos and more tourist information, read our San Pedro day trip planning website.

Fly from Cancun to San Pedro in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to San Pedro. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Lighthouse Reef Atoll.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize

— 1 day
Home to the iconic Great Blue Hole--a giant marine sinkhole--Lighthouse Reef Atoll is a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll through Lighthouse Reef.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lighthouse Reef Atoll trip itinerary app.

Getting from San Pedro to Lighthouse Reef Atoll by flight takes about 3 hours. December in Lighthouse Reef Atoll sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Lighthouse Reef Atoll

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Caye Caulker, Belize

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours and then view the masterpieces at Aria Kat Art. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Turneffe Reef.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Caye Caulker online tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lighthouse Reef Atoll to Caye Caulker. In December, daytime highs in Caye Caulker are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife · Tours · Museums · Parks

Caye Caulker, Belize

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): shop like a local with Aria Kat Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take in the exciting artwork at Red Flower Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Caye Caulker trip itinerary maker app.

You will leave for home on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Wildlife

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.

Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.

Belize Cayes travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Reefs · Water Sports
Belize Cayes feature quaint towns, lush tropical forests, and white sandy beaches. Most journeys start at Ambergris Caye, which can serve as a central hub for visiting outstanding diving spots, such as the Great Blue Hole. Whether you're diving in the vast and colorful coral reefs, hiking through the thick forests, or sipping on cocktails as you enjoy the endless Caribbean summer, you definitely won't run out of things to do in Belize Cayes.

Yucatan Peninsula travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline
A trip to Yucatan Peninsula takes visitors to the southeastern section of Mexico, an area that housed the legendary Maya civilization before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century. Much of the region's population traces its origins back to this old culture, and in many of the smaller settlements residents continue to speak the Maya language in addition to Spanish. Yucatan Peninsula tourism thrives largely thanks to the popularity of Cancun, a modern resort town on the so-called "Mayan Riviera." Away from the white-sand coastline, this part of Mexico treats visitors to some of the finest examples of Mayan pyramids and temples, offering a glimpse into the continent's pre-Hispanic history.