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Travel report Mexico: Round trip with Belize & Guatemala (3 weeks)
Here is my travel report on the almost 3-week Mexico tour. From Cancun it goes through Yucatan, Belize (Caye Caulker), Guatemala (Tikal, Flores) and via Chiapas (Mexico) back to Cancun. This trip was a great experience. Even if I was pestered with questions like this before the trip:
“An individual round trip through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala with a backpack? Isn't that totally dangerous and unsafe? "
Here you can find my highlights of the trip with lots of tips and information
How dangerous is a trip to Mexico?
When you start looking for information about Mexico, you will quickly find reports of gang wars. Especially about the struggles when drug cartels took power.
But how dangerous is it really to travel to Mexico as a tourist?
Even if the media reported about drug wars, kidnappings, corrupt police officers and shootings in which many people were killed - I did not hear about them. Even if travel guides warn against crossing some borders (Mexico - Guatemala) at certain times of the day. Ok, we didn't expect the illegal refugees either (read the article here), but everything went well.
When we entered Guatemala from Belize, we had to pay bribes. I hate it when someone says right to my face, “I know it's illegal to ask for a bribe. But for your safety, do it. Otherwise we cannot guarantee anything ”. In the end it was less than 5 euros and of course we paid.
Still, I never felt unsafe during the three weeks. I liked it so much that I absolutely have to go back Mexico, Guatemala and Belize want to travel. Central America is just wonderful! Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras Incidentally, too. Only in Nicaragua and El Salvador have I seen nothing apart from airports.
Bet Mexico, Belize and Guatemala make your heart beat faster too?
Reasons for a round trip to Mexico, Belize and Guatemala
All three countries are very diverse: There are Caribbean dream beaches on the Gulf of Mexico near Tulum with the finest sand. You can swim and dive in cenotes and underground caves. There are numerous Mayan ruins to climb and discover in the jungle. You will be served the best food everywhere. You can also marvel at traditional and sometimes curious Mayan rituals.
I am sharing my travel tips and experiences with you here to help you plan your trip to this exciting country. Use the navigation to go directly to the section that interests you.
Mexico travel route
A total of 19 days we were backpacking on our tour through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. I have created an overview of our travel route here. Of course, we threw the previously planned route to the Mexico trip overboard immediately after departure. Https://mapsengine.google.com/map/u/0/embed? Mid = zJ9FDCzlTRl0.k8A3ZQLYtSWo
- Chichen Itza, Cenotes, Valladolid and Cobá
- How to Get to Caye Caulker from Tulum
- Caye Caulker - Caribbean dream in Belize
- Caye Caulker to Flores (Guatemala)
- Tikal - Mayan ruins
- Palenque (Agua Azul and Misol-Ha waterfalls)
- San Cristobal de las Casas - San Lorenzo Zinacantán and San Juan Chamula
- San Cristobal de las Casas - Merida (night bus)
- Merida and Progreso
- Puerto Aventuras
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Highlights & places of interest
Climb Mayan ruins in Palenque, Tulum and Tikal
We visited Chichen Itza in the early morning, climbed Mayan ruins in Palenque, Tulum and Tikal (Guatemala). There in the morning from 6 a.m. on Temple IV experienced the sunrise and the awakening of the rainforest.
Snorkel at the 2nd largest reef in the world with manta rays, rays and sharks
We got up close and personal with turtles, manta rays, a devil ray and sharks on the second largest barrier reef in the world off Caye Caulker (Belize) (diving was canceled because I started my vacation with ulcerated sinuses ...).
More impressions and report: Caye Caulker: Snorkeling on the Belize Barrier Reef
Visit dolphins, manatees and turtles around Tulum
We have dolphins and manatees in Puerto Aventuras seen at Tulum, monkeys, toucans, tarantulas and many more animals in Tikal. Finally, I was allowed to go in Akumal snorkel a second time with turtles and rays.
Adventurous encounters and rites
We were there very closely when illegal immigrants were smuggled across the border from Guatemala to Mexico (mainly men and children from Honduras and Guatemala), examined curious Mayan rites in the San Jose Chamula Church near San Cristobal de las Casas and much more.
We had only booked the first accommodation in Tulum in advance, which was a good thing. Because the 11.5-hour flight was delayed and we only arrived here at around 10.30 p.m. Totally broken and dog-tired (Germany is 7 hours ahead).
Fortunately, we had booked the pick-up at Cancun airport and the airport transfer to Tulum in advance in Germany.
We had searched and booked all other accommodations 2 days in advance via booking.com *. If you book at short notice like us, you get great hotels for a hot deal and often save a lot of your budget.
Well what are you still hesitating? At the very end you will find more pictures of the trip
Conclusion of this tour
Mexico is beautiful and there is still a lot to discover and see that was left out on this trip due to the great distances and lack of time. I will definitely be back to spend even more time in the country with these very warm and helpful people. There are still so many regions and cities that I unfortunately couldn't visit.
Individual travel in Mexico is very easy: While there is sometimes little information in travel guides and the Internet about how to get to the next place Backpacking in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala is totally simple and straightforward at the end of the day.
To put it in the words of a woman met on the way:
"There is no reason to be restless shortly before the bus leaves at 6.30 p.m. because nobody is there (neither people nor the bus), it still leaves on time."
Mexicans speak an incredibly clear and great Spanish, which even I understood for the most part, despite little knowledge. About the food I can only say: "muy rico " and when I say goodbye I don't say “Adios” but “Hasta luego”!
Have you already been to Mexico, Belize or Guatemala? What were your highlights?
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More information about a trip to Mexico:
- Travel tips Mexico: travel information, tips, travel preparation
- Printable vacation packing list for a trip to Mexico
- Mexico travel guide: My recommendation
- My recommendation:Best Free Credit Card For Mexico Travel
- Find flights for the Mexico trip
- Cost for 3 weeks in Mexico
- From Tulum to the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker this is how it works
- My photo accessories and camera while traveling
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