60 days in Guatemala, Chetumal & Belize Itinerary

60 days in Guatemala, Chetumal & Belize Itinerary

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Chetumal, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hopkins, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive
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Placencia, Belize
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Lanquin, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— 1 night
Ferry
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Panajachel, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Chetumal, Mexico — 2 nights

Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Chetumal is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Pyramid of the Masks, go for a walk through Malecon de Chetumal, and examine the collection at Museum de la cultura maya.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chetumal trip itinerary planning site.

In March, daily temperatures in Chetumal can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Caye Caulker.
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Caye Caulker, Belize — 4 nights

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.
Caye Caulker is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with Belize Diving Services, stroll through The Estuary of Caye Caulker, take in the exciting artwork at Aria Kat Art, and kick back and relax at The Split.

Make your Caye Caulker itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Chetumal to Caye Caulker in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chetumal to Caye Caulker due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chetumal in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Caye Caulker: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Belize City.
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Belize City, Belize — 3 nights

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Altun Ha and then enjoy the sea views from Baron Bliss Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at The Belize Zoo and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Belize City trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Caye Caulker to Belize City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hopkins.
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Hopkins, Belize — 3 nights

Advertised as the "Friendliest Village in Belize," Hopkins remains a small fishing settlement on a stretch of golden coastline that offers plenty of modern amenities.
Step out of Hopkins to go to Dangriga and see Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see Off-Road Tours, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

Plan trip to Hopkins with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Belize City to Hopkins by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. March in Hopkins sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Placencia.
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Placencia, Belize — 5 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.
Placencia is known for wildlife, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Laughing Bird Caye National Park, look for gifts at Kaj Expressions Placencia, view the masterpieces at Lola Art Studio, and head off the coast to Pumpkin Caye.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Placencia tour website.

Getting from Hopkins to Placencia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Ignacio.
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San Ignacio, Belize — 2 nights

Cayo Town

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.
On the 24th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and then explore the ancient world of Cahal Pech. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project and then explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Ignacio road trip planning tool.

Getting from Placencia to San Ignacio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tikal National Park.
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 2 nights

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Spend the 26th (Sat) soaking in the spiritual atmosphere of Tikal.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park online day trip planner.

You can drive from San Ignacio to Tikal National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. On the 28th (Mon), you'll travel to Flores.
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Flores, Guatemala — 2 nights

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 29th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Petencito Zoo and then make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Flores trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Flores takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. March in Flores sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Lanquin.
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Lanquin, Guatemala — 1 night

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 31st (Thu): head outdoors with Aventura Grande, explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lanquin trip planning website.

Getting from Flores to Lanquin by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Flores in March, you will find days in Lanquin are somewhat warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Quetzaltenango.
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Central Plaza and then contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango visit website.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, Quetzaltenango is much colder than Lanquin - with highs of 26°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Pedro La Laguna.
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San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala — 1 night

Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro and then look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to San Pedro La Laguna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in April, expect nights in San Pedro La Laguna to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Panajachel.
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Panajachel, Guatemala — 1 night

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 3rd (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Hotel Atitlan Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Atitlán.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Panajachel trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from San Pedro La Laguna to Panajachel in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Panajachel, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Guatemala City.
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Guatemala City, Guatemala — 32 nights

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Explore Guatemala City's surroundings by going to Antigua (Belfinart, Arco de Santa Catalina, &more), Valhalla Experimental Station (in San Miguel Duenas) and Jocotenango (Antigua Canopy Tours & Centro Cultural La Azotea). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at La Aurora Zoo, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Popol Vuh, examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Guatemala City day trip website.

Traveling by shuttle from Panajachel to Guatemala City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Belize travel guide

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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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Guatemala travel guide

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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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