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Guatemala and Belize Itinerary Advice

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1. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

May itinerary so far is -

3 nights Mexico City then 6.30 a.m. flight to Guatemala City and bus straight to Lake Atitlan in time for lunch
4 nights Lake Atitlan then afternoon bus to Antigua
3 nights in Antigua then afternoon bus to Guatemala City
1 night Guatemala City at the Radisson Hotel then early shuttle bus to airport for 6.30 a.m. flight to Flores
3 nights Flores (gotta do Tikal) then bus to San Ignacio
3 nights San Ignacio (Coracol ruins plus jungle walking) then morning bus to Belize City and boat to Caye Caulker
5 nights Caye Caulker (fly over and snorkel Blue Hole, etc) then boat back to Belize City for 11.30 a.m. flight to Miami

Does that sound about right for time spent at the above locations?
Would there be any problem getting an early morning boat to Belize City in time for 11.30 a.m. flight?
Has anyone flown over (expensive???) or snorkelled the Blue Hole?
Any recommendation of which part of Lake Atitlan is best to stay at.

Any advice gratefully received.



2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1030 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I am not completely clear why you'd wish to SNORKEL the Blue Hole as the nature of the Hole is that it is 450 feet deep. There is an area around the hole that has reef, and therefore sea life, but to my knowledge, this is no different from closer and less expensive places to go to snorkel near San Pedro and Caulker. But that is your lookout.

The rest of the trip is doable and good as short vacay time. Have fun.


3. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Piecar

But that is your lookout.

Sounds scary!!!
Have somali pirates extended their area of operation to included the Carib or has buccaneering returned as a career path due to the GFC?
The only Captain Morgan I wanna see is 4 fingers in a glass with a hint of freshly squeezed OJ

I've snorkelled the Blue Hole at Dahab so thought I'd do the same in Belize.
Some travel book reckons floating over the blue depth can be quite spatially discombobulating.

Maybe just fly over it for the views.


4. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1030 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

The travel book sounds like it wanted to be poetic. I've dived there, I wasn't spatially discombobulated....

I didn't wish to indicate pirates with the phrase. To be honest, I can't figure why it would connect to pirates.

Anyway, the reef is the to snorkel should you wish it...I wouldn't find it interesting if it were me though.

Have a great trip.