7 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Antigua, Guatemala
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Panajachel, Guatemala
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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Lanquin, Guatemala
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Flores, Guatemala
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San Ignacio, Belize
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Belize City, Belize
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Guatemala City, Guatemala — 1 night

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The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Guatemala City itinerary builder website.

Seattle, USA to Guatemala City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Seattle in January, plan for much warmer days in Guatemala City, with highs around 74°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 53°F. On the 18th (Wed), you'll travel to Antigua.
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Antigua, Guatemala — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stop by Ileana Sotela Accesorios, then admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, then delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and finally delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral de Santiago, then explore the ancient world of Convento Santa Clara, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

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Getting from Guatemala City to Antigua by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Panajachel.
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Panajachel, Guatemala

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.
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Take a shuttle from Antigua to Panajachel in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. You will leave for Quetzaltenango on the 19th (Thu).
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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.
On the 20th (Fri), stop by Yabal Handicrafts, pause for some serene contemplation at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul.

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You can drive from Panajachel to Quetzaltenango in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Panajachel in January since evenings lows in Quetzaltenango dip to 40°F. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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 21st (Sat): get outside with Aventura Grande and then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lanquin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in January, expect nights in Lanquin to be much hotter, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a shuttle to Flores.
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Flores, Guatemala — 1 night

An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Flores sightseeing planner.

You can take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in January, expect Flores to be little chillier, temps between 75°F and 63°F. You'll set off for San Ignacio on the 22nd (Sun).
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San Ignacio, Belize

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project and then admire the natural beauty at Belize Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Ignacio day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Flores to San Ignacio takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Belize City.
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Belize City, Belize — 1 night

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum of Belize, pause for some serene contemplation at Queen Street Baptist church, and then appreciate the history behind The Belize Sign Monument.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Belize City trip app.

Drive from San Ignacio to Belize City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Belize City, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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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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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