thanks for the advice. im leaning towards yucantan belize as well. just worried about costs since belize is quite developed.
Belize is not cheap nor is the Yucatan. (not the parts you want to see)
What do you want see in Belize?
Guatemela is cheaper.Edited: 21 November 2010, 20:42
I have done both loops many times, and if you have three weeks I would hit Guatemala as it is culturally amazing (and very cheap). You can always do one of those little flights that take you the long distances. I do like Belize a lot, especially the keys, but also the interior jungle.
Your first choice sounds fun, but it truly is just an extended version of a typical Cancun trip.
Now another option would be to hit southern mexico (i.e. the Chiapas area). It is a wonderful area with loads of culture, great food and the best coffee in the world (IMO). San Christobal De Las Casas is a wonderful town very similar to Antigua in Guatemala. And there are loads of little villages where one can wonder around and shop for local arts and crafts. It is a day trip away from Cancun with the ADO bus, so you would want to go that way for a week. Then spend the rest in Yukatan.
You can PM me if you want loads of info on these adventures away from Cancun.
i want to go caye caulker and snorkel in belize.
actually belize is pretty undeveloped. alot depends on what you want to do. there are very few AI's in belize but the people are great which is why I like Belize.
Belize is not at all developed and is lightly populated. Lots of wildlife. You can find cheap lodgings on Caye Calker and in San Ignacio. The food is expensive for what you get but I found Belize worth a visit. Great diving & snorkeling. Maya ruins too. If you like Mayan ruins you could visit Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Coba in the Yucatan. Caracol and Zununtanich in Belize with a side trip overnight to Tikal in Guatemala. Not a typical Cancun trip at all.
okay. so i'm thinking of two itineraries.
1) Cancun-Chichen Itza-Merida-Palenque-San Cristobal-Panajachel-Chichi-Antiguag-Guatemala city-Rio Dulce-Livingston-Flores-Tikal-San Ignacio-Belize city- Caye Caulker- Playa del carmen
2) Cancun-Chichen Itza-Tikal-San Ignacio-Belize city- Caye Caulker- Playa del carmen
Option 1 basically does a big loop around mexico, guatemala, belize
where as option two just hits some points.
i'm just wondering if im missing out on anything if i skip merida, palenque, san cristobal, panajache, rio dulce, livingston?
I wouldn't skip Merida & Uxmal. You can do a Yucatan loop & Belize. Save Guatemala & Chiapas highlands for another trip. These are all sublime places. You don't want to racing around and not able to enjoy the experience of what each has to offer. Just my opinion after one 2 month trip and many followups to this great part of the world.