18 days in Belize & Tikal National Park Itinerary

18 days in Belize & Tikal National Park Itinerary

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18 days in Belize & Tikal National Park Itinerary

Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Orange Walk, Belize
— Few hours
Drive:  6 h 45 min
4
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
+4
Bus + Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  6 h
5
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 3 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Shuttle + Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Placencia, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Cayo, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Shuttle + Fly:  12 h
End: Calgary, Canada

3
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Cavetubing5star. Explore hidden gems such as Museum of Belize and Billy Barquiedier National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Baron Bliss Lighthouse, center your mind and body at Yoga & Pilates, and examine the collection at Luba Garifuna Cultural Museum.

For maps and tourist information, refer to the Belize City trip site .

Calgary, Canada to Belize City is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Calgary to Belize City. In January, Belize City is much warmer than Calgary - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Belize ©
Museum of Belize
Spas

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Belizean Arts and The Gallery of San Pedro. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Secret Beach. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for gifts at Belize Chocolate Company, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Belize City to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. In January in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Orange Walk.

Things to do in San Pedro

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Secret Beach Belize
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Secret Beach Belize ©
Secret Beach Belize
Spas

few
hours
Orange Walk, Belize

Orange Walk ©
An agricultural town that has become an economic hub, Orange Walk sits in a privileged position among ecologically diverse landscape, fertile fields, and historical ruins.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get outside with Lamanai Eco Adventures.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Orange Walk trip itinerary site .

You can drive from San Pedro to Orange Walk in 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro to Orange Walk. In January, daytime highs in Orange Walk are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Orange Walk

Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lamanai Eco Adventures ©
Lamanai Eco Adventures

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.
Tikal has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Tikal.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Orange Walk to Tikal National Park in 5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

3
nights
Caye Caulker, Belize

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then see the vivid underwater world at Turneffe Reef, and then take in the exciting artwork at Red Flower Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at The Estuary of Caye Caulker, take in the exciting artwork at Cooper's Art Gallery, then look for gifts at Little Blue Gift Shop, then take in the exciting artwork at Aria Kat Art, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Caye Caulker travel tool .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and ferry from Tikal National Park to Caye Caulker in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Caye Caulker are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Placencia.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Turneffe Reef ©
Turneffe Reef
Aria Kat Art ©
Aria Kat Art

2
nights
Placencia, Belize

Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Escape the urban bustle at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pumpkin Caye. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas and Gulisi Garifuna Museum. Explore Placencia's surroundings by going to Dangriga (Maya Center Mayan Museum & Studio Gallery Cayetano). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Placencia Fellowship, stop by Treasure Box, and take in the exciting artwork at Art n Soul Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Placencia trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Caye Caulker to Placencia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. February in Placencia sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Placencia

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Dangriga, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Placencia Fellowship ©
Placencia Fellowship

4
nights
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Caracol and Sak Tunich Art Gallery. Get outdoors at MayaWalk Tours and Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Green Iguana Conservation Project, explore the fascinating underground world of Actun Tunichil Muknal, and stop by Rubba Dub Soap Shop.

Plan a Cayo trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and car from Placencia to Cayo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Caracol ©
Caracol
MayaWalk Tours ©
MayaWalk Tours

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