15 days in Guatemala & Belize City Itinerary

15 days in Guatemala & Belize City Itinerary

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Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly + Drive:  16 h 30 min
1
Chichicastenango, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
2
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h
5
Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
6
Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3 h
8
Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Calgary, Canada

1
night
Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Chichicastenango ©
Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mercado de Chichicastenango. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, then hunt for treasures at Mercado de Chichicastenango, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chichicastenango tour itinerary planner.

Calgary, Canada to Chichicastenango is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In December, Chichicastenango is warmer than Calgary - with highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Shopping Historic Sites
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Mercado de Chichicastenango ©
Mercado de Chichicastenango
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Fuentes Georginas.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango itinerary site.

Traveling by shuttle from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Quetzaltenango sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Fuentes Georginas
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Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas

2
nights
Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala

Santa Cruz La Laguna
To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz La Laguna route planner.

Getting from Quetzaltenango to Santa Cruz La Laguna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and ferry. December in Santa Cruz La Laguna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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nights
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. You've now added Mayan Kitchen to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Santiago Atitlan side-trips: Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna) and Volcan Atitlan (in San Lucas Toliman). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Lake Atitlan.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago Atitlan road trip app.

Getting from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Santiago Atitlan by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santiago Atitlan when traveling from Santa Cruz La Laguna in December, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Classes

Side Trips

Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Lake Atitlan, Mayan Kitchen, Volcan Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Mayan Kitchen ©
Mayan Kitchen
Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan

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Antigua, Guatemala

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 17th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Centro Cultural La Azotea, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, then delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Jose.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Antigua online trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. December in Antigua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Spas
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Spas & Wellness
Centro Cultural La Azotea ©
Centro Cultural La Azotea
ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo

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nights
Flores, Guatemala

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
On the 18th (Wed), examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara and then identify plant and animal life at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun, look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Biotope Cahui, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Petencito Zoo.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Flores tour website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Flores in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in December; daily highs in Flores reach 31°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cerro Biotope Cahui
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Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui

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night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
On the 21st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Orchid Garden Eco-Village Museum Belize.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Belize City trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to Belize City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Belize City can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Spas Museums Historic Sites
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Spas
Orchid Garden Eco-Village Museum Belize ©
Orchid Garden Eco-Village Museum Belize
Yarborough Cemetery ©
Yarborough Cemetery

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