32 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

32 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

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32 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly + shuttle:  19​h 15​min
1
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h
2
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h
4
Placencia, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  2​h 45​min
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Belize City, Belize
— 7 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
8
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Dublin, Ireland

3
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.
Iglesia de La Merced and Arco de Santa Catalina will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Volcán Pacaya and La Aurora Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to San Jose El Viejo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Antigua route builder app .

Dublin, Ireland to Antigua is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Dublin to Antigua. In June, Antigua is a bit warmer than Dublin - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

1
day
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago Atitlan online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. June in Santiago Atitlan sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Marcos La Laguna.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

2
nights
San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala

San Marcos La Laguna ©
San Marcos La Laguna is a village on the western shore of Lago Atitlán in the Sololá Department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Peter, and finally look for gifts at Lema Association.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Marcos La Laguna online trip builder .

You can drive from Santiago Atitlan to San Marcos La Laguna in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Marcos La Laguna, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Placencia.

Things to do in San Marcos La Laguna

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, Lema Association
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Cerro Tzankujil  Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
Spas & Wellness
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose

4
nights
Placencia, Belize

Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lola Art Studio and Maya Center Mayan Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Glover's Reef Marine Reserve and Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Step out of Placencia with an excursion to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve in Dangriga--about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 18th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, trot along with a tour on horseback, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Placencia Fellowship.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Placencia trip planner .

Getting from San Marcos La Laguna to Placencia by car takes about 13 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Marcos La Laguna in June: high temperatures in Placencia hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Placencia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Dangriga, Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve

5
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Visiting Secret Beach and Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by 12 Belize, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Placencia to San Pedro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. June in San Pedro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to The Split and Shark Ray Alley. Aria Kat Art and Red Flower Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend a day of island exploring on the 27th (Thu) at Caye Caulker. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get a taste of the local shopping with Cooper's Art Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Caye Caulker online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Pedro to Caye Caulker takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Belize City.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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The Split ©
The Split
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aria Kat Art ©
Aria Kat Art

7
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and Altun Ha. Change things up with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia (about 42 minutes away). On the 4th (Thu), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Altun Ha, look for all kinds of wild species at Altun Ha & The Olde Belize River, don't miss a visit to Swing Bridge, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Belize City travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Caye Caulker to Belize City in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for Lanquin.

Things to do in Belize City

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
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Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
River Rafting & Tubing
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Monumento Natural Semuc Champey has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the activities along Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin, then explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves, and then head outdoors with Aventura Grande. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lanquin itinerary app .

You can drive from Belize City to Lanquin in 9.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lanquin can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Aventura Grande ©
Aventura Grande

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