58 days in Guatemala Itinerary

58 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala holiday 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
6
Coban
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Chisec
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Lanquin
— 3 nights
Shuttle
9
Flores
— 4 nights
Drive
10
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Catarina Palopo Church (in Santa Catarina Palopo), Iximche (in Panajachel) and Guatemala City (Auto Mariscos, Mezquita Aldawa Islamica de Guatemala, &more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

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

Guatemala City to Antigua is an approximately 1-hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to 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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Pedro La Laguna side-trips: Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna), Indian Nose (in San Juan la Laguna) and Santiago Atitlan (Colonial Church & Cojolya Museum and Store). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lago de Atitlan, take an in-depth tour of Tzunun' Ya', surround yourself with nature on Geo Travel Guatemala, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Antigua to San Pedro La Laguna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Pedro La Laguna, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park, have fun at Dino Park, laugh and play at Xocomil, and examine the collection at XULIK Parque Museo.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Retalhuleu day trip app.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from San Pedro La Laguna to Retalhuleu in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in July, expect Retalhuleu to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. You will leave for Quetzaltenango on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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: Solola Market (in Solola) and Panajachel (Hotel Atitlan Gardens, Church of St Francis, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, don't miss a visit to Central Plaza, stop by Ketzali Accessories, and pause for some photo ops at Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango trip planner.

You can drive from Retalhuleu to Quetzaltenango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Retalhuleu in July, with highs in Quetzaltenango at 25°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) 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.
On the 18th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Pascual Abaj, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Chichicastenango trip itinerary tool.

Take a shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Chichicastenango can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a 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. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Orquigonia, explore the striking landscape at Grottes de la Candelaria, contemplate the waterfront views at Grutas del Rey Marcos, and admire the natural beauty at Vivero Verapaz.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Coban trip site.

You can take a shuttle from Chichicastenango to Coban in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chichicastenango in July: high temperatures in Coban hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) 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 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. There's still lots to do: get outside with Candelaria Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Sepalau.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chisec online route planner.

You can drive from Coban to Chisec in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time 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, explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves, and get outside with Aventura Grande.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lanquin road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Chisec to Lanquin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Lanquin, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll set off for Flores on the 28th (Wed).

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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, and head outdoors with Actún Can.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Flores trip planning website.

Getting from Lanquin to Flores by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lanquin in July, plan for little chillier days in Flores, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites · Parks · 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 2nd (Mon) soaking in the spiritual atmosphere of Tikal.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Flores to Tikal National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for Livingston on the 6th (Fri).

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Belgian Cemetary in Santo Tomas de Castilla (about 2 hours away). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, explore the activities along Seven Altars, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Lara.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Livingston driving holiday website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Tikal National Park to Livingston in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Livingston sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Livingston

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

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.