23 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

23 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

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23 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
+2
Fly + Drive + shuttle:  16​h 45​min
1
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Placencia, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​min
7
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland


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3
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
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.
When in Antigua, make a side trip to see La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala City, approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, make a trip to San Jose El Viejo, and look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Antigua trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Antigua is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Amsterdam to Antigua, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, you will find days in Antigua are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Aurora Zoo
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quetzaltenango: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, see the interesting displays at Lxkik Maya Museum, and stop by Ketzali Accessories.

For photos and other tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango road trip app .

Getting from Antigua to Quetzaltenango by combination of bus and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Antigua in August, with highs in Quetzaltenango at 25°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Xetulul Theme Park, Fuentes Georginas
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

1
night
Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
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 4th (Wed): Head underground at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin, then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Lanquin Caves.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lanquin tour planner .

Drive from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Quetzaltenango in September; daily highs in Lanquin reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

2
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Take a break from San Ignacio with a short trip to Blue Hole National Park in Belmopan, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the ancient world of Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, contemplate the long history of Xunantunich, and view the masterpieces at Sak Tunich Art Gallery.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read San Ignacio online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Lanquin to San Ignacio in 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Sak Tunich Art Gallery, Blue Hole National Park
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Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
San Pedro is known for wildlife, adventure, nightlife, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, and see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Placencia.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Placencia, Belize

Placencia ©
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Change things up with these side-trips from Placencia: Glover's Reef Marine Reserve (in Hopkins) and Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve (in Dangriga). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Laughing Bird Caye National Park, shop like a local with Lola Art Studio, get interesting insight from Tours, and look for gifts at Treasure Box.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Placencia road trip website .

Getting from San Pedro to Placencia by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daytime highs in Placencia are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Belize City.

Things to do in Placencia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
When in Belize City, make a side trip to see The Belize Zoo in La Democracia, approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, see the interesting displays at Luba Garifuna Cultural Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum, and make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument.

Make your Belize City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Belize City is very close to Placencia. In September in Belize City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belize District, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, The Belize Zoo
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

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