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Guatemala :: Holiday Travel: Belize & Guate

Our route over the holidays (beginning in Punta Gorda, traveling north; then back through PG traveling south)

When we found out that the clinic would be closed for the two weeks around Christmas and New Years and that Lori’s brother, Dan, was keen visiting around that time, we decided that it was a perfect opportunity to not only reintroduce Dan to some of our Belize favorites, but cover some new ground as well. Dan was also very interested in exploring our much larger neighbor, Guatemala, so we worked a week of that into the mix as well.

Our itinerary is outlined below. More detailed posts on each stop to come:

Day 1 19-DEC FOREST HOME to BURRELL BOOM via Goldson Int’l Airport & Altun Ha
Day 2 20-DEC BURRELL BOOM to CAYE CAULKER via Belize City
Day 3 21-DEC SAN PEDRO — day trip from Caye Caulker
Day 4 22-DEC CAYE CAULKER – snorkeling day trip
Day 5 23-DEC CAYE CAULKER to SAN IGNACIO via Spanish Lookout
Day 6 24-DEC TIKAL (Guatemala) — day trip from San Ignacio
Day 7 25-DEC ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL (ATM cave) — day trip from San Ignacio
Day 8 26-DEC SAN IGNACIO to HOPKINS via stops along the Hummingbird Highway
Day 9 27-DEC HOPKINS to FOREST HOME via Placencia
Day 11 29-DEC PUNTA GORDA to RIO TATIN (Guat.) via Livingston
Day 12 30-DEC RIO TATIN to LANQUIN via Rio Dulce (Frontera)
Day 13 31-DEC SEMUC CHAMPEY — day trip
Day 17 04-JAN ANTIGUA to FOREST HOME via Puerto Barrios & Punta Gorda

A little more hurried of a pace than we’re normally used to, but a lot of fun nonetheless. We’ll be retracing a lot of our footsteps from this trip in the coming months but wanted to make sure Dan saw everything he wanted to see too.

In terms of getting around, we drove most places in Belize (with our own vehicle), with the exception of Caye Caulker/ San Pedro which we accessed via water taxi (given that their islands…) and we opted to do a package for ATM and Tikal through Casa Blanca in San Ignacio. However, 100% of travel around Guatemala was accomplished via public or hired transport, which meant that we could take the boat from Punta Gorda to Livingston rather than driving from Flores in the north and back. There were several reasons for not going this route, which I’ll expand on in the Guatemala posts.

Until then, I’ve included a sampling of photos tracing our itinerary:

Day 3 — San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize (photo: San Pedro waterfront)


Days 2-5 — Caye Caulker, Belize (photo: Sunset on the “Split)


Days 2-5 — Caye Caulker (photo: fresh grilled seafood at Rose’s Bar & Grill)


Day 6 — Tikal Mayan ruin complex, Guatemala


Days 5-8 — San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize


Day 9 — Placencia Beach, Placencia, Stann Creek, Belize


Days 9-11 — Toledo District (Southern Belize)


Day 10 –Sipping on coconuts in Punta Gorda, Toledo, Belize


Day 11 — Rio Tatin from Finca Tatin lodge, Izabel, Guatemala


Day 12 — Castillo de San Felipe, Rio Dulce (Frontera), Izabel, Guatemala


Day 13 — Semuc Champey, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala


Days 14-17 — Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala


3 Responses to Holiday Travel: Belize & Guate

  1. Hello Lori!
    I know your parents Ron & Shirley, and can’t wait to see pictures posted of them when they come visit you in February!
    You two are amazingly photogenic and I am envious of your lifestyle!
    Warm Regards,
    Jennifer Roth (Cascade Community Credit Union)