27 days in Mexico, Guatemala & Caye Caulker Itinerary

27 days in Mexico, Guatemala & Caye Caulker Itinerary

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Start: Bogota, Colombia
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
3
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
5
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
6
Panajachel, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16 h 30 min
7
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h
8
Palenque, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
9
Campeche, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Merida, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Bogota, Colombia

3
nights
Cancun, Mexico

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: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Cancun sightseeing app.

Bogota, Colombia to Cancun is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Bogota in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cancun, with highs around 32°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

4
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Tulum Tower, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, explore the world behind art at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and look for gifts at Fernando Rodriguez.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen day trip site.

You can drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Tulum
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Caye Caulker side-trips: San Pedro (Spas & Wellness, Fishing Charters & Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shark Ray Alley and kick back and relax at The Split.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Caye Caulker trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Caye Caulker by combination of bus, flight, and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Playa del Carmen to Caye Caulker is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Caye Caulker, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

San Pedro, Shark Ray Alley
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The Split ©
The Split
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Flores, Guatemala

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, then make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): get outside with Actún Can, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, and then delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Flores trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Caye Caulker to Flores with the Route module. Traveling from Caye Caulker in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 25°C in Flores. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums
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Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park

3
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Antigua road trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Flores to Antigua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Flores in April, with highs in Antigua at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Panajachel.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas

2
nights
Panajachel, Guatemala

Panajachel ©
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.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Iximche, make a trip to San Antonio Palopo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Francis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): make a trip to Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Catarina Palopo Church, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Atitlán, and finally admire the natural beauty at Hotel Atitlan Gardens.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Panajachel day trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Antigua to Panajachel in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Panajachel are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Panajachel

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Catarina Palopo, San Antonio Palopo
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Iximche ©
Iximche
Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
San Antonio Palopo ©
San Antonio Palopo

1
night
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

San Cristobal de las Casas ©
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. On the 12th (Sun), get your game on at La Roca Sala de Escalada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo del Ambar, examine the collection at Steps in San Cristobal, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo del Carmen.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Cristobal de las Casas trip builder website.

Explore your travel options from Panajachel to San Cristobal de las Casas with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Panajachel in April; daily highs in San Cristobal de las Casas reach 42°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Palenque.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Museo del Ambar ©
Museo del Ambar
Templo del Carmen ©
Templo del Carmen
Steps in San Cristobal ©
Steps in San Cristobal

3
nights
Palenque, Mexico

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, make a trip to Iglesia Santo Domingo, take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier".

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Palenque trip site.

Take a bus from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes ©
Aluxes

1
night
Campeche, Mexico

Campeche ©
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Balamku and then contemplate the long history of Zona Arquelogica Edzna.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Campeche trip planner.

Drive from Palenque to Campeche in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Campeche due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites
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Zona Arquelogica Edzna ©
Zona Arquelogica Edzna
Balamku ©
Balamku

3
nights
Merida, Mexico

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
On the 18th (Sat), stop by Taller Maya and then don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo, delve into the distant past at Mayapan Ruins, and then contemplate the long history of Merida Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Merida day trip website.

Traveling by car from Campeche to Merida takes 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Merida are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Shopping
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Mayapan Ruins ©
Mayapan Ruins
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral

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