15 days in Guatemala & Belize City Itinerary

15 days in Guatemala & Belize City Itinerary

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15 days in Guatemala & Belize City Itinerary

Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
1
Chichicastenango, Guatemala
— 1 night
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
2
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h
5
Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
6
Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h
8
Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Calgary, Canada

1
night
Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Chichicastenango ©
Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
You've now added Mercado de Chichicastenango to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Chichicastenango, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chichicastenango visit planner.

Calgary, Canada to Chichicastenango is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Calgary to Chichicastenango due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in December, expect Chichicastenango to be much hotter, temps between 24°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Shopping Historic Sites
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Mercado de Chichicastenango ©
Mercado de Chichicastenango
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church

1
night
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Quetzaltenango ©
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.
For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango trip maker app .

Getting from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December in Quetzaltenango, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), you're off toSantiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Fuentes Georginas
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Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas

2
nights
Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala

Santa Cruz La Laguna
To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Cruz La Laguna road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Santa Cruz La Laguna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Santa Cruz La Laguna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 13th (Fri), you're off toSantiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Tours Outdoors Adventure

4
nights
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Mayan Kitchen has been added to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Santiago Atitlan side-trips: Volcan Atitlan (in San Lucas Toliman) and Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Atitlan.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago Atitlan attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Santiago Atitlan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Santa Cruz La Laguna in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santiago Atitlan, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trips

Mayan Kitchen, Volcan Atitlan, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Mayan Kitchen ©
Mayan Kitchen
Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan

1
night
Antigua, Guatemala

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.
On the 15th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Centro Cultural La Azotea, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, then explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Jose.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In December in Antigua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Spas
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Spas & Wellness
Centro Cultural La Azotea ©
Centro Cultural La Azotea
ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo

2
nights
Flores, Guatemala

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara and then look for all kinds of wild species at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, then identify plant and animal life at Cerro Biotope Cahui, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Petencito Zoo.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Flores trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Flores in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in December; daily highs in Flores reach 31°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cerro Biotope Cahui
Highlights from your plan
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tikal.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Flores to Tikal National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal

1
night
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): examine the collection at Orchid Garden Eco-Village Museum Belize and then explore the ancient world of Altun Ha.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Belize City trip maker .

Getting from Tikal National Park to Belize City by combination of car and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Belize City are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trip

Altun Ha
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Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
Orchid Garden Eco-Village Museum Belize ©
Spas

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