60 days in Guatemala, Belize & Porto Itinerary

60 days in Guatemala, Belize & Porto Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  2 h 30 min
1
Porto, Portugal
— 36 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
2
Antigua, Guatemala
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h
4
San Ignacio, Belize
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Sarteneja, Belize
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19 h
End: Lisbon, Portugal

36
nights
Porto, Portugal

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Get out of town with these interesting Porto side-trips: Fatima (Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima & Museu do Santuário de Fátima), Batalha (Capelas Imperfeitas & Batalha Monastery) and Coimbra (Igreja de Sao Tiago, Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, &more). Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Peneda-Geres National Park. And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), make a trip to Liberdade Square, and explore the activities along Douro River.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto road trip site.

Lisbon to Porto is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in May, expect nights in Porto to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Coimbra, Braga, Fatima, Batalha, Vila Nova de Gaia
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Walking tours

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Fuego Volcano (in Alotenango), Guatemala City (Cerrito del Carmen, La Merced, &more) and Naciones Unidas National Park (in Villa Nueva). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, and take in nature's colorful creations at Caoba Farms.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua online route builder.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Antigua takes 20 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Antigua is minus 6 hours. In June in Antigua, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Fuego Volcano, Naciones Unidas National Park
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil), Retalhuleu (Xetulul Theme Park & Xocomil) and Tak'alik Ab'aj (in El Asintal). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 23rd (Tue) at Xocomil. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), stop by Yabal Handicrafts, and make a trip to Central Plaza.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango online trip builder.

Getting from Antigua to Quetzaltenango by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Antigua in June, with highs in Quetzaltenango at 24°C and lows at 13°C. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Retalhuleu, Fuentes Georginas, Tak'alik Ab'aj
Highlights from your plan
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Ignacio: The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia), Belmopan (Blue Hole National Park, Crystal Cave, &more) and Rio On Pools (in Augustine). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, get a new perspective on nature at Chaa Creek Natural History Museum, explore the ancient world of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, and admire the masterpieces at Tanah Mayan Art Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Ignacio attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Quetzaltenango to San Ignacio. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sarteneja.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Belmopan, The Belize Zoo, Rio On Pools, Tanah Mayan Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

1
night
Sarteneja, Belize

Sarteneja ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Shipstern Conservation & Management Area.

Before you visit Sarteneja, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from San Ignacio to Sarteneja in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July in Sarteneja, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sarteneja

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shipstern Conservation & Management Area ©
Shipstern Conservation & Management Area

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