12 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

12 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

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12 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

Start: Gainesville, United States
Fly + Drive:  12 h 45 min
1
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Peten, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
San Ignacio, Belize
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Drive + Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Gainesville, United States

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and finally explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

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Gainesville, USA to Antigua is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Gainesville to Antigua is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Gainesville in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Antigua, with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Peten.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas

1
night
Peten, Guatemala

Peten ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): head outdoors with Actún Can, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, then delve into the distant past at Yaxha National Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Isla Principal Topoxte.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Peten route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Antigua to Peten takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Flores
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Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores
Actún Can ©
Actún Can

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tikal.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Tikal National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Peten to Tikal National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Museums
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1
night
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
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 3rd (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Chaa Creek Natural History Museum, then explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum, then stroll through Green Iguana Conservation Project, and finally explore the ancient world of Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Ignacio day trip tool .

You can drive from Tikal National Park to San Ignacio in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Tanah Mayan Art Museum
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Chaa Creek Natural History Museum ©
Chaa Creek Natural History Museum
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley, then take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery of San Pedro, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Pedro trip website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, daytime highs in San Pedro are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and Altun Ha will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia) and Belmopan (Guanacaste National Park & Blue Hole National Park). There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize, walk around Memorial Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mesoamerican Reef.

For photos and tourist information, use the Belize City trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from San Pedro to Belize City in 2.5 hours. March in Belize City sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belmopan, The Belize Zoo, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
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Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
St John's Cathedral ©
St John's Cathedral
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo

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