60 days in Belize, Guatemala & Nicaragua Itinerary

60 days in Belize, Guatemala & Nicaragua Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  16 h 45 min
1
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 7 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Placencia, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly:  30 min
4
Belize City, Belize
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Bus:  2 h
5
San Ignacio, Belize
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
7
San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
9
Antigua, Guatemala
— 7 nights
+5
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
10
Leon, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
11
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
12
Granada, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  16 h
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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.
Caye Caulker is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Aria Kat Art, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Estuary of Caye Caulker, and explore the galleries of Red Flower Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Caye Caulker trip planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Caye Caulker is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Caye Caulker due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in September; daily highs in Caye Caulker reach 36°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to San Pedro.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
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Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Split ©
The Split

7
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
San Pedro is known for wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Secret Beach Belize, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Caye Caulker to San Pedro in an hour. September in San Pedro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Placencia.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 19:
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

6
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Placencia: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve (in Dangriga) and Glover's Reef Marine Reserve (in Hopkins). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Laughing Bird Caye National Park, experience rural life at Bunches of Fun Banana Farm Tours, look for gifts at Treasure Box, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Placencia trip planning tool.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro to Placencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September in Placencia, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Belize City.

Things to do in Placencia

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef), Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, Nim Li Punit (Big Hat), Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 25:
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Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef) ©
Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef)

6
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Change things up with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St John's Cathedral, examine the collection at Museum of Belize, and pause for some photo ops at The Belize Sign Monument.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Belize City online trip itinerary builder.

Belize City is just a short distance from Placencia. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 25 — Oct 1:
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

6
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Ignacio: Belmopan (Blue Hole National Park, Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Adventure Company, &more) and Rio On Pools (in Augustine). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, Head underground at Barton Creek Cave, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Ignacio planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Belize City to San Ignacio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cayo, Belmopan, San Antonio, Rio On Pools
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 7:
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park trip itinerary website.

Drive from San Ignacio to Tikal National Park in 2.5 hours. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Lucas Toliman.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

2
nights
San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala

San Lucas Toliman ©
San Lucas Tolimán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 9th (Wed), contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Atitlan and then explore the activities along Lake Atitlan. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to San Antonio Palopo and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcano Toliman.

To find ratings and other tourist information, refer to the San Lucas Toliman trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tikal National Park to San Lucas Toliman. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Lucas Toliman

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan
Volcano Toliman ©
Volcano Toliman

5
nights
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Quetzaltenango ©
Named for the Quetzal bird--one of Guatemala's national symbols--Quetzaltenango once included the territories controlled by K'iche' Mayans, a pre-Columbian tribe eventually supplanted by Spanish conquistadores.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tak'alik Ab'aj (in El Asintal), San Andres Xecul (in Totonicapan) and Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), look for gifts at Aj Toooneel Ixoq, and explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango journey maker.

Drive from San Lucas Toliman to Quetzaltenango in 3 hours. In October, Quetzaltenango is little chillier than San Lucas Toliman - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tak'alik Ab'aj, Aj Toooneel Ixoq, San Andres Xecul, Fuentes Georginas, Xetulul Theme Park
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango), Guatemala City (Museo del Ferrocarril, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). There's much more to do: make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Antigua holiday maker website.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Quetzaltenango to Antigua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in October, expect Antigua to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Santo Tomas Church, Iximche
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 22:
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya

5
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Get out of town with these interesting Leon side-trips: Chorotega-Nicarao Museum (in Chinandega) and Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve (in Las Penitas). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, take in the spiritual surroundings of Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus, stop by Catedral de la Asunción, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection.

Plan trip to Leon with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Antigua to Leon takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in October, things will get a bit warmer in Leon: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve, Chorotega-Nicarao Museum, Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 27:
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Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Momotombo ©
Momotombo

5
nights
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Juan del Sur: Bordport (in Tola) and Isla de Ometepe (Laguna Charco Verde & Chico Largo Adventure). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, get your game on at Surf Ranch Skateboard Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Remanso.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur trip builder site.

Getting from Leon to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Isla de Ometepe, Bordport
Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 1:
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia

5
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: La Laguna de Apoyo (Apoyo & Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo), Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Iglesia San Juan Bautista (in Masatepe). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mombacho, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, look for gifts at Tio Antonio Hamaca, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Catarina.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Granada online travel route planner.

Drive from San Juan del Sur to Granada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a shuttle. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Masaya, Managua, Mirador de Catarina, Iglesia San Juan Bautista
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Mombacho ©
Mombacho

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