15 days in Mexico, Caye Caulker & Belmopan Itinerary

15 days in Mexico, Caye Caulker & Belmopan Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico, Caye Caulker & Belmopan Itinerary

Start: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Cancun, Mexico
— Few hours
taxi + ferry:  45​min
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  3​h
Cozumel, Mexico
— 4 nights
taxi + ferry:  1​h
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
Belmopan, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Tortugas, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Guayaquil, Ecuador to Cancun. Traveling from Guayaquil in January, expect Cancun to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Isla Mujeres.

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Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas
Swim with Dolphins

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night
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres ©
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.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, then make a trip to Women's Beading Cooperative, and then kick back and relax at Playa Norte.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres trip itinerery planner.

Isla Mujeres is just a short distance from Cancun. In January in Isla Mujeres, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Cozumel.

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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Women's Beading Cooperative ©
Women's Beading Cooperative

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nights
Cozumel, Mexico

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Palancar and Cozumel Pearl Farm. Visiting Faro Celerain Eco Park and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. On the 28th (Sat), spend a day among the vivid marine life at Chankanaab Reef. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

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Do a combination of flight and ferry from Isla Mujeres to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

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Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar
Chankanaab Reef ©
Chankanaab Reef

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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.
On the 29th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Playacar Golf Club, get in on the family fun at Xcaret Eco Theme Park, and then look for gifts at Fernando Rodriguez.

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Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tulum.

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Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

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nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Paraiso and Akumal Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Xel-Ha and Grand Cenote. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Mayan Ruins of Tulum and make a trip to Plastic Flamingo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum travel itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Tulum are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Caye Caulker.

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Akumal Beach, Xel-Ha
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Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso

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night
Caye Caulker, Belize

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 3rd (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at The Split, and then stroll through The Estuary.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Caye Caulker trip builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tulum to Caye Caulker. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Tulum in February since evenings lows in Caye Caulker dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to Belmopan.

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The Split ©
The Split
The Estuary of Caye Caulker ©
The Estuary of Caye Caulker

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nights
Belmopan, Belize

Belmopan ©
Nicknamed the "Garden City" thanks to its planned urban parklands, Belmopan serves as the capital of Belize and a launching point for tours of nearby caves and Mayan ruins.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Blue Hole National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Belize Zoo, then explore the fascinating underground world of Actun Tunichil Muknal, and then Head underground at Crystal Cave.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Belmopan trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Caye Caulker to Belmopan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Belmopan when traveling from Caye Caulker in February, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Belmopan

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Actun Tunichil Muknal, The Belize Zoo
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Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo

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