17 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

17 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
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Panajachel, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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Flores, Guatemala
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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Placencia, Belize
— 3 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
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Guatemala City, Guatemala — 2 nights

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Guatemala City sightseeing tool.

Santiago, Chile to Guatemala City is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Guatemala City is minus 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Guatemala City are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a shuttle to Antigua.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Antigua, Guatemala — 3 nights

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.
You've now added Volcán Pacaya to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Iglesia de La Merced and Arco de Santa Catalina. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Antigua Canopy Tours, and take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Antigua trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Guatemala City to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Panajachel.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Panajachel, Guatemala — 2 nights

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 8th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catarina Palopo Church and then stroll through Reserva Natural Atitlán. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Iximche and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Francis.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Panajachel road trip planning site.

Getting from Antigua to Panajachel by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Flores.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Flores, Guatemala

An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Flores trip planner.

You can fly from Panajachel to Flores in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Panajachel in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Flores, with lows around 20°C. On the 10th (Tue), you're off to Tikal National Park.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 2 nights

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Flores to Tikal National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 12th (Thu), you'll travel to Placencia.
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Placencia, Belize — 3 nights

Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
You've now added Mayflower Bocawina National Park to your itinerary. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Mayflower Bocawina National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Placencia travel route planning website.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Placencia in 5.5 hours. January in Placencia sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly to San Pedro.
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San Pedro, Belize — 3 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get in touch with nature at Secret Beach Belize and The Split. When in San Pedro, make a side trip to see Aria Kat Art in Caye Caulker, approximately Caye Caulker away.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read San Pedro road trip website.

Fly from Placencia to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in San Pedro are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Guatemala City.
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Guatemala City, Guatemala — 1 night

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Guatemala City holiday app.

Getting from San Pedro to Guatemala City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Pedro in January, with highs in Guatemala City at 27°C and lows at 13°C. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Thu).
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Guatemala travel guide

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Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.
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Lake Atitlan travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Bodies of Water · Ruins
Lake Atitlan, a large volcanic lake, provides the setting for a wealth of interesting Mayan towns and villages. Surrounded by imposing and scenic mountains, the lake forms part of a sprawling national park, rich in wildlife and cultural attractions. The main towns and villages range from touristy gateways to authentic realms of tradition and culture, with charming local markets, rustic architecture, and a laid-back feel. Many of the towns can only be reached by boat, with trips on the lake high on most visitors' Lake Atitlan itineraries.
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Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.
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