21 days in Guatemala, Placencia & Punta Gorda Itinerary

21 days in Guatemala, Placencia & Punta Gorda Itinerary

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Esquipulas, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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Quirigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
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Placencia, Belize
— 2 nights
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Punta Gorda, Belize
— 1 night
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Livingston, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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Izabal, Guatemala
— 1 day
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Lanquin, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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Coban, Guatemala
— 1 night
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Nebaj, Guatemala
— 1 night
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala
— 1 night
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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Retalhuleu, Guatemala
— 2 nights

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Esquipulas, Guatemala

Esquipulas ©
Esquipulas, officially Municipality of Esquipulas, whose original name was Yzquipulas, is the largest city located in the department of Chiquimula, in eastern Guatemala. You've now added Volcan Ipala to your itinerary. On the 5th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Esquipulas and then Head underground at Cuevas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Volcan Ipala.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Esquipulas day trip tool.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Esquipulas is an approximately 17.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In April in Esquipulas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. You will leave for Quirigua on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Esquipulas

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Volcan Ipala ©
Volcan Ipala
Basilica de Esquipulas ©
Basilica de Esquipulas

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Quirigua, Guatemala

Quirigua ©
For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Quirigua journey planner.

You can drive from Esquipulas to Quirigua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Placencia.

Things to do in Quirigua

Historic Sites
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Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua ©

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Placencia, Belize

Placencia ©
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): savor the flavors at Taste Belize Tours, step off the mainland to explore Laughing Bird Caye National Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Placencia Fellowship. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Placencia trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Quirigua to Placencia in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. In April, daytime highs in Placencia are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Punta Gorda.

Things to do in Placencia

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
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Taste Belize Tours ©
Taste Belize Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park

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Punta Gorda, Belize

Punta Gorda ©

P.G.

Known locally as P.G., the seaport and fishing town of Punta Gorda was once known to travelers as the place to get a boat over to Guatemala, though it has started to develop a reputation for itself.
To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Punta Gorda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Placencia to Punta Gorda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Punta Gorda

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

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IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate ©
IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate

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Livingston, Guatemala

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the activities along Seven Altars and then stroll through Playa Blanca.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Livingston tour planner.

You can drive from Punta Gorda to Livingston in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In April, daytime highs in Livingston are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Izabal.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

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Izabal, Guatemala

Izabal
You've now added Parque Natural Las Conchas to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the engineering at Parque Natural Las Conchas.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Izabal day trip planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Livingston to Izabal in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Livingston in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Izabal: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Izabal

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): Head underground at Lanquin Caves. On your second day here, head outdoors with Aventura Grande, then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lanquin holiday planner.

Getting from Izabal to Lanquin by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. April in Lanquin sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Coban.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

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Coban, Guatemala

Coban ©

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.
On the 16th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Grottes de la Candelaria, take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Orquigonia.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Coban trip builder.

You can drive from Lanquin to Coban in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in April, things will get little chillier in Coban: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nebaj.

Things to do in Coban

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia

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Nebaj, Guatemala

Nebaj
On the 17th (Sat), examine the collection at Museo de Arqueologia.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nebaj trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Coban to Nebaj takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Coban in April since evenings lows in Nebaj dip to 12°C. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Nebaj

Museums
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Chichicastenango ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): contemplate the long history of 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 reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichicastenango trip planner.

You can drive from Nebaj to Chichicastenango in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Nebaj in April, you will find days in Chichicastenango are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Museums
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Chichi Cemetery
Chichi Cemetery
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj

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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to Central Plaza, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, and then contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, then gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora).

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Quetzaltenango road trip planner.

Getting from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Quetzaltenango can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Central Plaza ©
Central Plaza

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Retalhuleu, Guatemala

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. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, cool off at Xocomil, examine the collection at XULIK Parque Museo, and let the kids burn off some steam at Dino Park.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Retalhuleu road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Quetzaltenango in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Retalhuleu, with highs around 40°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
XULIK Parque Museo ©
XULIK Parque Museo
Dino Park ©
Dino Park

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