55 days in Guatemala Itinerary

55 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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55 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  33​h
1
Livingston
— 4 nights
ferry + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
2
Tikal National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Flores
— 5 nights
shuttle:  5​h
4
Lanquin
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Coban
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Chisec
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Retalhuleu
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Santiago Atitlan
— 5 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h
10
Antigua
— 9 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Dubai

4
nights
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Livingston: Catedral de La Inmaculada Concepcion (in Puerto Barrios), Belgian Cemetary (in Santo Tomas de Castilla) and Izabal (Hot waterfall & Playa Sand Bay). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Lara, kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, and explore the activities along Seven Altars.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Livingston road trip planning site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Livingston is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Dubai to Livingston. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dubai in September; daily highs in Livingston reach 37°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Izabal, Belgian Cemetary, Catedral de La Inmaculada Concepcion, Castillo de San Felipe de Lara
Highlights from your plan
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Castillo de San Felipe de Lara ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Lara
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

3
nights
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring ancient history at Tikal. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from Livingston to Tikal National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll set off for Flores on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal

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.
Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring ancient history at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, head outdoors with Mirador del Rey Canek, meet the residents at Petencito Zoo, and delve into the distant past at Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Flores travel route tool .

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Flores in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Flores sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, Mirador del Rey Canek
Highlights from your plan
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun

5
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Lanquin is known for nature and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves, and get outside with Aventura Grande.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lanquin driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by shuttle from Flores to Lanquin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Lanquin sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. You'll set off for Coban on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

5
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.
Step out of Coban to go to Chilasco and see El Salto de Chilasco, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Orquigonia, take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz, take in the dramatic natural features at Grottes de la Candelaria, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Las Victorias.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Coban travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lanquin to Coban in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, Coban is slightly colder than Lanquin - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chisec.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

El Salto de Chilasco
Highlights from your plan
Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq' ©
Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq'

4
nights
Chisec

Chisec ©
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Take a break from Chisec with a short trip to Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha in Raxruha, about 1h 55 min away. Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Candelaria Caves, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Sepalau, and Head underground at Las Cuevas de Bombil Pek.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chisec tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Coban to Chisec takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chisec

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha
Highlights from your plan
Lagunas Sepalau ©
Lagunas Sepalau
Candelaria Caves ©
Candelaria Caves

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quetzaltenango: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil), Hotel Atitlan Gardens (in Panajachel) and Chichi Cemetery (in Chichicastenango). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, don't miss a visit to Central Plaza, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and examine the collection at Lxkik Maya Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango trip planning app .

You can drive from Chisec to Quetzaltenango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Quetzaltenango can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Fuentes Georginas, Chichi Cemetery, San Andres Xecul, Hotel Atitlan Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Hotel Atitlan Gardens ©
Hotel Atitlan Gardens

5
nights
Retalhuleu

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Take a break from Retalhuleu with a short trip to Tak'alik Ab'aj in El Asintal, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, make a splash at Xocomil, let the kids burn off some steam at Dino Park, and see the interesting displays at XULIK Parque Museo.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Retalhuleu visit planner .

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Quetzaltenango in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Retalhuleu, with highs around 37°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Santa Cruz Mulua, Tak'alik Ab'aj
Highlights from your plan
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Xocomil ©
Xocomil
Tak'alik Ab'aj ©
Tak'alik Ab'aj

5
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Venture out of the city with trips to San Pedro La Laguna (Volcan San Pedro, Church of St Peter, & more), San Lucas Toliman (Volcan Atitlan, The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute, & more) and San Juan la Laguna (Galeria Imox, Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, and don't miss a visit to San Antonio Palopo.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago Atitlan trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Retalhuleu to Santiago Atitlan in 2.5 hours. In October, Santiago Atitlan is little chillier than Retalhuleu - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, San Lucas Toliman, San Juan la Laguna, Lake Atitlan
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan

9
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Mundo Petapa Irtra, & more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Antigua itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Iximche
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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