16 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Panajachel, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coban, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive to Belmopan, Fly to San Pedro
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San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly
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Placencia, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, Fly to Santiago

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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.
On the 7th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, contemplate the long history of Palacio Nacional, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, and finally take a stroll through Zona Viva. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and then get to know the resident critters at La Aurora Zoo.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Guatemala City trip itinerary builder website.

Santiago, Chile to Guatemala City is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Santiago to Guatemala City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December in Guatemala City, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Antigua.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Antigua, Guatemala — 2 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.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Antigua tour itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Guatemala City to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Antigua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to Panajachel.
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Museums · Historic Sites

Panajachel, Guatemala — 2 nights

A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
On the 10th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at Los Elementos Day Spa and then explore the activities along Lago de Atitlan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catarina Palopo Church and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Atitlán.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Panajachel road trip website.

Take a shuttle from Antigua to Panajachel in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Coban.
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Parks · Spas · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trips

Coban, Guatemala — 2 nights

Located at the center of one of the country's primary coffee growing areas, the affluent city of Coban offerss a scattered few cultural attractions, a relaxed and welcoming vibe, and proximity to a wealth of natural highlights.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz and then identify plant and animal life at Orquigonia. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Biotopo del Quetzal.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Coban tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Panajachel to Coban in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Coban can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Tikal National Park.
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Parks · Wildlife

Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 2 nights

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Tikal.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tikal National Park road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Coban to Tikal National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.
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Historic Sites
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San Pedro, Belize — 3 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. Get outdoors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Skydiving. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Secret Beach Belize, and look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Pedro journey builder app.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to San Pedro in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Placencia.
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Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums
Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Laughing Bird Caye National Park and then explore the galleries of Lola Art Studio.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Placencia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Placencia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
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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Wildlife Areas · 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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