I'm planning an 11 night family trip in July with two kids (ages 7 and 10). I was thinking of doing either 3 nights closer in town in San Ignacio and 3 nights at Caves Branch/Chaa Creek/other. But, after reading more about overnights in Tikal, I thought that perhaps 5 nights closer in at San Ignacio and 1 night in Tikal might be better. The last five nights we'll go somewhere for a beach/snorkel fix.
Thoughts? I don't want to bounce around too much, but we also want to maximize our travel time. My youngest is too little for the more extreme adventures, so I think we limited to ruins, hikes and some of the milder cave/river trips for the most part.
I'd love any recommendations on where to stay and what to do with kids and input on overnight vs. day trip to Tikal. We do enjoy good local food and a pool would be a plus. Thanks so much!