8 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

8 days in Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

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Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Belmopan, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala

— 2 nights
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.
On the 24th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, then don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and finally take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, then contemplate the long history of Palacio Nacional, and then get to know the resident critters at La Aurora Zoo.

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San Francisco, USA to Antigua is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Antigua due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in August, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Belmopan.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
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Belmopan, Belize

— 2 nights

Garden City

Nicknamed the "Garden City" thanks to its planned urban parklands, Belmopan serves as the capital of Belize and a launching point for tours of nearby caves and Mayan ruins.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Garden Oasis Day Spa. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Blue Hole National Park, get to know the resident critters at The Belize Zoo, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art Box. Belize Arts & Crafts Center.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Belmopan online holiday planner.

Getting from Tikal National Park to Belmopan by car takes about 3 hours. August in Belmopan sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 78°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belmopan

Parks · Nature · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

San Pedro, Belize

— 2 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Belmopan to San Pedro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. August in San Pedro sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
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.

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.