46 days in Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

46 days in Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

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46 days in Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Belize City, Belize
— 8 nights
Fly:  30​min
Placencia, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + shuttle + Fly:  15​min
San Pedro, Belize
— 9 nights
Fly:  30​min
Orange Walk, Belize
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Cayo, Belize
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 7 nights
shuttle + Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

8
days
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jose Tours Belize. Step off the beaten path and head to Altun Ha & The Olde Belize River and Billy Barquiedier National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Belize adventure hunters and Splash Wave Private Tours. When in Belize City, make a side trip to see The Belize Zoo in La Democracia, approximately 42 minutes away. On the 8th (Mon), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Altun Ha Ruins, make a trip to Swing Bridge, see the interesting displays at Museum of Belize, and look for gifts at Diamonds International.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Belize City online tour itinerary maker .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Belize City is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to Belize City. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Belize City when traveling from Playa del Carmen in January, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly to Placencia.

Things to do in Belize City

#Parks, #Tours, #Outdoors

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Altun Ha, The Belize Zoo, Lighthouse Reef
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Splash Wave Private Tours ©
Splash Wave Private Tours
Altun Ha & The Olde Belize River ©
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha

7
days
Placencia, Belize

Placencia ©
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Glover's Reef Marine Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Laughing Bird Caye National Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Dangriga (Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve & Studio Gallery Cayetano) and Hopkins (Golden Gifts, Garimaya Gift Shop, & more). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, head outdoors with Silk Cay, and look for gifts at Denyse's Originals.

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Placencia is just a short distance from Belize City. In January, daytime highs in Placencia are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Placencia

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Hopkins, Dangriga
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Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve

3
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at The Estuary and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Split and Turneffe Reef. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Red Flower Gallery and look for gifts at Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Caye Caulker trip builder .

Getting from Placencia to Caye Caulker by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Caye Caulker sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife
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The Estuary of Caye Caulker ©
The Estuary of Caye Caulker
The Split ©
The Split
Turneffe Reef ©
Turneffe Reef

8
days
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Ocean Essence Day Spa. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley, look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, choose your vessel at Belize Sailing Center, and see Kitexplorer San Pedro.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Pedro trip itinerary builder website .

San Pedro is very close to Caye Caulker. January in San Pedro sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to fly to Orange Walk.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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River Rafting & Tubing
Kitexplorer San Pedro ©
Kitexplorer San Pedro
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
days
Orange Walk, Belize

Orange Walk ©
An agricultural town that has become an economic hub, Orange Walk sits in a privileged position among ecologically diverse landscape, fertile fields, and historical ruins.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Lamanai Eco Adventures.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Orange Walk journey builder tool .

Orange Walk is just a stone's throw from San Pedro. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro to Orange Walk. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cayo.

Things to do in Orange Walk

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites
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Lamanai Eco Adventures ©
Lamanai Eco Adventures
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

9
days
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Get a sense of the local culture at Caracol and Art Box Arts & Crafts Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to MayaWalk Tours and St Herman's Cave. Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Blue Hole National Park. Spend a day outdoors on the 5th (Mon) with Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Adventure Company. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Actun Tunichil Muknal, head outdoors with Belize True Adventures, take in the dramatic scenery at Rio On Pools, and look for all kinds of wild species at Green Iguana Conservation Project.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cayo trip planner .

Getting from Orange Walk to Cayo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In January in Cayo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Cayo

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project
MayaWalk Tours ©
MayaWalk Tours
Caracol ©
Caracol

1
day
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stroll through Tikal.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Cayo to Tikal National Park in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature
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Tikal ©
Tikal

7
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Aurora Zoo and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Cerro de la Cruz. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Paseo Cayala, Palacio Nacional, & more). Make the 13th (Tue) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, look for gifts at Casa de los Gigantes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Merced, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral de Santiago.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip maker tool .

Getting from Tikal National Park to Antigua by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. February in Antigua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Outdoors

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Guatemala City
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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