Guatemala & Belize in 12 Days

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Essence of Central America

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Antigua Guatemala
Dulce River
All flights
Some transfers
Some meals
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until December 2022
From + $830
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Explore the charms of Antigua Guatemala and admire the glistening waters of Lake Atitlan. Discover Quiriguá's Mayan legacy, cruise on the Rio Dulce and soak up the Caribbean flavours of Livingston. Let Flores charm you and uncover the ruins of majestic Tikal. Cross into vibrant Belize and find complete tranquillity on the earthly paradise of Cayo San Pedro.

12 days trip including flights*

11 days and 10 nights in destination









Guatemala City


Rio Dulce






Cayo San Pedro


Cayo San Pedro


Cayo San Pedro





* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: US - Guatemala

Arrive at your US departure airport, ready for a flight to Guatemala.* Arrive in Antigua Guatemala, a beautifully preserved city with an abundance of colorful colonial architecture, nestled in the central highlands. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Antigua Guatemala.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Antigua Guatemala

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a half-day tour of Antigua, considered one of the most beautiful colonial cities of America. During the colonial period, it was the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala and included the provinces of southern Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. After an earthquake in 1773, the city was uninhabited the population moved to what is now Guatemala City. Visit La Merced church, Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. Afterwards, enjoy free time to go shopping and at the indicated time return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Antigua.

3rd Day: Antigua Guatemala - Chichicastenango - Lake Atitlán

Breakfast at the hotel. Seize the day with an early morning visit to Chichicastenango market, located in the central Guatemalan highlands and visit the local Church of Santo Tomas. Transfer to Lake Atitlan, surrounded by three volcanoes Atitlán, Tolimán and San Pedro. Its crystal clear waters are amazingly beautiful. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Panajachel. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Atitlan Lake.

4th Day: Lake Atitlán - Guatemala City

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, take a boat ride to the indigenous village of Santiago Atitlán, located between the volcanoes Tolimán and San Pedro. Explore the town and visit the church of Santiago Apóstol and the Brotherhood of Maximón, one of the expressions of religious syncretism in our country. Return to Panajachel and transfer to bustling Guatemala City. Overnight stay in Guatemala City.

5th Day: Guatemala City - Quiriguá - Río Dulce

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off to visit the Quiriguá Archaeological Park, located on the banks of the Motagua River. The park is comprised of a complex of stela slabs, sculpted in sandstone, among which is the tallest stele of the entire Mayan world, as well as zoomorphic figures that date from the classic period of the Mayans. Afterwards, transfer to Rio Dulce, an area of immense natural beauty. Overnight stay in Rio Dulce.

6th Day: Río Dulce - Livingston - Flores

Breakfast at the hotel. Board a boat on the river and head to the town of Livingston, known for its reggae music and coconut bread. Continue up the river and admire the exuberant vegetation and an amazing natural canyon. From the boat enjoy a panoramic tour of the Castle of San Felipe de Lara, a fortress built in the seventeenth century by the Spanish. Afterwards, transfer to Flores, situated on an island on Lake Petén Itzá. Overnight stay in Flores.

7th Day: Flores - Tikal - Flores

Breakfast at the hotel. Today explore the most important Archaeological Site of the Mayan world, Tikal, built during the classic Mayan period. Your guide will show you the model of the Temples and Acropolis complex and guide your visit of the Q and R Complex, the Central Acropolis, the Temples I "The Great Jaguar" and the Temple II "of Los Mascarones". Enjoy lunch at Tikal and some time to soak up the atmosphere for heading back to Flores. Overnight stay in Flores. 

8th Day: Flores - Belize - Cayo San Pedro

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, transfer by road to Belize. Arrive in vibrant Belize City and catch a Water-Taxi to Cayo San Pedro, on the island of Ambergris Caye,  admiring the beautiful landscapes throughout your journey. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and begin your stay in one of Central America's most beautiful and best kept secrets. Overnight stay in Cayo San Pedro. 

9th Day: Cayo San Pedro

Enjoy a day at your leisure in Cayo San Pedro. Explore the idyllic beaches that are said to have inspired Madonna's hit song 'La Isla Bonita'. Overnight stay in Cayo San Pedro.

10th Day: Cayo San Pedro

Free day at your leisure. This part of Belize is world-renowned for its ultra-diverse Barrier Reef, second only to the Great Barrier Reef. We recommend snorkelling or scuba-diving to discover the colorful underwater world and abundant marine life. Overnight stay in Cayo San Pedro.

11th Day: Cayo San Pedro - Belize - Night on board

At the indicated time, take a water taxi back to Belize and transfer to Belize airport for a flight back to the US. Night on board.

12th Day: US

Arrive back in the US and end your trip. 

Accommodation: 10 Nights

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main US departure airports.
  • International Flights: US - Guatemala, Belize - US. *
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  • 10 nights accommodation in Charm, Superior and Luxury category hotels.
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  • 7 Breakfasts and 1 Lunch. **
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  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles. ***
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  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Water Taxis: Belize - Cayo San Pedro - Belize.
  • Motorboat in Panajachel and Río Dulce.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Please note: if your departure day is Wednesday or Saturday the order of the itinerary may differ.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

** Possibility of booking additional meals in the next step of the reservation. Please note that any additional optional extras not selected at the time of booking must be requested at least 60 days before departure and before final payment.

*** The transfer to the Sunbreeze hotel in Belize is not included. If you arrive by water taxi, you can walk to the hotel which is close by. If not, it is possible to take a taxi which costs approximately $10.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity with one blank passport page.
  • Visa
    No visa is required for stays of up to 30 days.
  • Currency
    Guatemalan Quetzal
  • Language
  • Electricity
    120V, 60 Hz.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
  • Time zone
    UTC - 06:00.
  • Other useful information
    Inches are used to measure small objects in Guatemala. One inch equals 2.54cm
  • Tourist Office website

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.


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