54 days in Guatemala Itinerary

54 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Fly:  9 h
1
Antigua
— 14 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Santiago Atitlan
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Quetzaltenango
— 7 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
4
Chichicastenango
— 7 nights
Shuttle:  3 h 30 min
5
Coban
— 6 nights
Shuttle:  5 h 30 min
6
Flores
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  6 h 15 min
7
Livingston
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19 h 15 min
End: New York City

14
nights
Antigua

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.
Shop till you drop at Caoba Farms and El Fotografo. Get some historical perspective at Convento Santa Clara and Catedral de San Jose. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, Museo del Ferrocarril, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Centro Cultural La Azotea, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, contemplate the long history of Iglesia Escuela de Cristo, and examine the collection at Paseo De Los Museos.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip builder.

New York City, USA to Antigua is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Antigua due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in February, expect Antigua to be much warmer, temps between 76°F and 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, El Mirador, La Azotea
Highlights from your plan
Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo ©
Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya

6
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Appreciate the collections at Cojolya Museum and Store and Galeria Imox. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colonial Church and Tzunun' Ya'. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago Atitlan: San Juan la Laguna (Casa Flor Ixcaco, Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, &more), Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna) and Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Lake Atitlan and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Peter.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago Atitlan journey website.

Getting from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Cerro Tzankujil  Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose

7
nights
Quetzaltenango

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.
Catedral del Espiritu Santo and La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of St Francis and Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Catarina Palopo Church (in Santa Catarina Palopo), Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Retalhuleu (Xetulul Theme Park & Xocomil). There's still lots to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, examine the collection at Lxkik Maya Museum, and explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to Quetzaltenango takes 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Santiago Atitlan in February; daily highs in Quetzaltenango reach 71°F and lows reach 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Panajachel, Retalhuleu, Santa Catarina Palopo Church, Fuentes Georginas, Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Climbing Tours

7
nights
Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango ©
Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Arqueologico Rossbach and Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chichi Cemetery and Q'umarkaj. Take a break from Chichicastenango with a short trip to Laguna Lemoa in Santa Cruz del Quiche, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church, identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, and contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichicastenango day trip site.

You can take a shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Chichicastenango, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 43°F at night. You'll set off for Coban on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Cruz del Quiche
Highlights from your plan
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Laguna Lemoa ©
Laguna Lemoa
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj

6
nights
Coban

Coban ©
Located at the center of one of the country's primary coffee growing areas, the affluent city of Coban offerss a scattered few cultural attractions, a relaxed and welcoming vibe, and proximity to a wealth of natural highlights.
Visiting Orquigonia and Biotopo del Quetzal will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grutas del Rey Marcos and Grottes de la Candelaria. Change things up with a short trip to Lanquin Caves in Lanquin (about 1h 55 min away). Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Las Victorias. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq', explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin, and take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Coban trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Chichicastenango to Coban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichicastenango in March, Coban is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lanquin Caves
Highlights from your plan
Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Grutas del Rey Marcos ©
Grutas del Rey Marcos

5
nights
Flores

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Museo del Islote Santa Barbara. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park and Catedral de Flores. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Flores: Peten (Piedras Negras, Isla Principal Topoxte, &more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park and make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing.

Plan my day in Flores using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Coban to Flores by shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Coban in March, expect Flores to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Peten, Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park
Highlights from your plan
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas

5
nights
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Visit Punta de Palma and Playa Sand Bay for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seven Altars and Catedral de La Inmaculada Concepcion. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca and explore the activities along Rio Dulce.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Livingston holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Flores to Livingston in 7 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Livingston can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. On the 30th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Barrios, Playa Sand Bay
Highlights from your plan
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Rio Dulce ©
Rio Dulce
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

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