24 days in Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

24 days in Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Taxi to Antigua Guatemala, Bus to Lanquin
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Lanquin, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Placencia, Belize
— 3 nights
Bus to Dangriga, Ferry to Caye Caulker
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Belize City, Belize
— 1 day
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Guatemala City, Guatemala — 1 night

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana and then make a trip to Relief Map.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Guatemala City trip itinerary builder tool.

Hamburg, Germany to Guatemala City is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hamburg to Guatemala City is minus 7 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Guatemala City can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Antigua.
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Historic Sites
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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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums, steep yourself in history at Casa Popenoe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

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You can take a shuttle from Guatemala City to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Antigua sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Quetzaltenango.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trip
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala — 1 night

Named for the Quetzal bird--one of Guatemala's national symbols--Quetzaltenango once included the territories controlled by K'iche' Mayans, a pre-Columbian tribe eventually supplanted by Spanish conquistadores.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Antigua to Quetzaltenango in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Antigua in July, with highs in Quetzaltenango at 25°C and lows at 11°C. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel to Santiago Atitlan.
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Parks · Nature
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Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala — 5 nights

Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Get out of town with these interesting Santiago Atitlan side-trips: San Juan la Laguna (Galeria Imox & Casa Flor Ixcaco), Volcan San Pedro (in San Pedro La Laguna) and San Marcos La Laguna (Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve & Spas & Wellness). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Geo Travel Guatemala, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, get impressive views of Volcano Toliman, and don't miss a visit to San Antonio Palopo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago Atitlan trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Santiago Atitlan in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Quetzaltenango in July; daily highs in Santiago Atitlan reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 25th (Mon), you're off to Lanquin.
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping
Side Trips
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Lanquin, Guatemala — 2 nights

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): head outdoors with Aventura Grande, admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lanquin visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to Lanquin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santiago Atitlan in July; daily highs in Lanquin reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Flores.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Flores, Guatemala — 2 nights

An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Change things up with a short trip to Cerro Biotope Cahui in El Remate (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Petencito Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Flores route planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Lanquin to Flores takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lanquin, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Flores, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Placencia.
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Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Laughing Bird Caye National Park and then stop by Kaj Expressions Placencia. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find out how to plan a trip to Placencia, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Flores to Placencia by car takes about 5 hours. In July in Placencia, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 1st (Mon), you'll travel to Caye Caulker.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Caye Caulker, Belize — 3 nights

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), kick back and relax at The Split and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Belize Chocolate Company and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Caye Caulker trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Placencia to Caye Caulker takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Caye Caulker can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Belize City.
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Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches · Parks
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Belize City, Belize — 1 day

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps and more tourist information, refer to the Belize City trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Caye Caulker to Belize City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Belize City sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
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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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