58 days in Guatemala Itinerary

58 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip planner

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Shuttle
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Antigua
— 18 nights
Shuttle to Panajachel, Ferry to San Pedro La Laguna
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 4 nights
Taxi to San Bernardino, Bus to Retalhuleu
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Retalhuleu
— 4 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Coban
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chisec
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lanquin
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Flores
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park
— 5 nights
Shuttle to Rio Dulce, Ferry to Livingston
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Livingston
— 5 nights
Ferry to Rio Dulce, Bus to Guatemala City

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Antigua

— 18 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Iximche (in Panajachel), Santa Catarina Palopo Church (in Santa Catarina Palopo) and Guatemala City (Auto Mariscos, Mezquita Aldawa Islamica de Guatemala, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip planner.

Guatemala City to Antigua is an approximately 1-hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August in Antigua, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna

— 4 nights
Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santiago Atitlan (Colonial Church & Cojolya Museum and Store), Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna) and Indian Nose (in San Juan la Laguna). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lago de Atitlan, get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, look for gifts at Lema Association, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro La Laguna trip site.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and ferry from Antigua to San Pedro La Laguna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in San Pedro La Laguna can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Retalhuleu

— 4 nights
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Step out of Retalhuleu to go to El Asintal and see Tak'alik Ab'aj, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, have fun at Dino Park, see the interesting displays at XULIK Parque Museo, and laugh and play at Xocomil.

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Getting from San Pedro La Laguna to Retalhuleu by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in September, with highs in Retalhuleu at 89°F and lows at 73°F. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Quetzaltenango

— 6 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Quetzaltenango side-trips: Panajachel (Hotel Atitlan Gardens, Church of St Francis, &more) and Solola Market (in Solola). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, laugh and play at Xocomil, and admire the striking features of Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango trip planner.

Getting from Retalhuleu to Quetzaltenango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Retalhuleu in September, with highs in Quetzaltenango at 69°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Chichicastenango

— 1 night

Chichi

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Pascual Abaj, then examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, then stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chichicastenango itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Coban.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Museums

Coban

— 4 nights

Imperial City

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 with an excursion to El Salto de Chilasco in Chilasco--about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Orquigonia, explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq', admire the natural beauty at Vivero Verapaz, and contemplate the waterfront views at Grutas del Rey Marcos.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Coban road trip planning site.

Traveling by shuttle from Chichicastenango to Coban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Chichicastenango in September, with highs in Coban at 79°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chisec.

Things to do in Coban

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Chisec

— 3 nights
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Candelaria Caves, Head underground at Las Cuevas de Bombil Pek, and explore the activities along Lagunas Sepalau.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chisec travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Coban to Chisec in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chisec

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Lanquin

— 3 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, Head underground at Grutas Las Marias, and head outdoors with Aventura Grande.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lanquin itinerary website.

You can drive from Chisec to Lanquin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Lanquin are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. You'll set off for Flores on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Flores

— 4 nights
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Flores is known for historic sites, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Ixpanpajul Nature Park, get to know the resident critters at Petencito Zoo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, and make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing.

Start your trip to Flores by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Flores can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tikal National Park

— 5 nights
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Spend the 10th (Sun) soaking in the spiritual atmosphere of Tikal.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tikal National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Flores to Tikal National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for Livingston on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Livingston

— 5 nights
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Go for a jaunt from Livingston to Santo Tomas de Castilla to see Belgian Cemetary about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Lara, and explore the activities along Seven Altars.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Livingston trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tikal National Park to Livingston by combination of shuttle and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 73°F. On the 19th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.