54 days in Guatemala Itinerary

54 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  11 h 45 min
1
Santiago Atitlan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Retalhuleu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
4
Chichicastenango
— 5 nights
Shuttle:  3 h 30 min
5
Coban
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Chisec
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Lanquin
— 5 nights
Shuttle:  5 h
8
Flores
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  6 h 15 min
9
Livingston
— 4 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Bus:  7 h
10
Antigua
— 14 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Newark

4
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago Atitlan: San Lucas Toliman (Volcano Toliman & Volcan Atitlan), San Juan la Laguna (Galeria Imox, Indian Nose, &more) and San Pedro La Laguna (Church of St Peter, Volcan San Pedro, &more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, don't miss a visit to San Antonio Palopo, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santiago Atitlan online trip itinerary builder.

Newark, USA to Santiago Atitlan is an approximately 12- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Newark to Santiago Atitlan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in July, things will get slightly colder in Santiago Atitlan: highs are around 77°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna, San Lucas Toliman, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan

3
nights
Retalhuleu

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. When in Retalhuleu, make a side trip to see Tak'alik Ab'aj in El Asintal, approximately El Asintal away. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, let little ones run wild at Dino Park, cool off at Xocomil, and see the interesting displays at XULIK Parque Museo.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Retalhuleu travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Santiago Atitlan to Retalhuleu by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Retalhuleu: highs are around 91°F and lows about 73°F. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Cruz Mulua, Tak'alik Ab'aj
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Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
XULIK Parque Museo ©
XULIK Parque Museo
Dino Park ©
Dino Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Quetzaltenango side-trips: San Andres Xecul (in Totonicapan), Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, see the interesting displays at Lxkik Maya Museum, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and contemplate the geological forces at Santiaguito Volcano.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango online route planner.

Traveling by car from Retalhuleu to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, Quetzaltenango is cooler than Retalhuleu - with highs of 71°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul, San Andres Xecul, Fuentes Georginas, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo
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Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chichicastenango: Solola Market (in Solola), Q'umarkaj (in Santa Cruz del Quiche) and Tzantizotz Nature Reserve (in Santa Cruz La Laguna). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church, see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico Rossbach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Lemoa.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chichicastenango trip tool.

You can take a shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Chichicastenango are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off to Coban.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz del Quiche, Solola Market, Tzantizotz Nature Reserve
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Solola Market ©
Solola Market
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj

4
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.
When in Coban, make a side trip to see El Salto de Chilasco in Chilasco, approximately Chilasco away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Biotopo del Quetzal, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Las Victorias, take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq'.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Coban trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Chichicastenango to Coban by shuttle takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichicastenango in July, expect Coban to be somewhat warmer, temps between 78°F and 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Chisec.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

El Salto de Chilasco
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Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
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. When in Chisec, make a side trip to see Parque Natural Las Conchas in Chahal, approximately Chahal away. Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Candelaria Caves, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Sepalau, and Head underground at Las Cuevas de Bombil Pek.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chisec trip planning site.

You can drive from Coban to Chisec in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chisec

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha, Parque Natural Las Conchas
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Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha ©
Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha
Candelaria Caves ©
Candelaria Caves
Lagunas Sepalau ©
Lagunas Sepalau

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: take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves, and get outside with Aventura Grande.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lanquin vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Chisec to Lanquin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Lanquin, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 75°F at night. You will leave for Flores on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 5:
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

4
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.
Step out of Flores with an excursion to Cerro Biotope Cahui in El Remate--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, get outside with Actún Can, and explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Flores day trip planner.

Getting from Lanquin to Flores by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in August, you will find days in Flores are slightly colder (89°F), and nights are about the same (72°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, Cerro Biotope Cahui
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun

4
nights
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
When in Livingston, make a side trip to see Belgian Cemetary in Santo Tomas de Castilla, approximately Santo Tomas de Castilla away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Lara, stroll through Playa Blanca, and explore the activities along Seven Altars.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Livingston tour itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Flores to Livingston in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 74°F. On the 13th (Thu), you'll travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Belgian Cemetary, Castillo de San Felipe de Lara
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Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars
Castillo de San Felipe de Lara ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Lara
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Panajachel (Church of St Francis, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more), Santa Catarina Palopo Church (in Santa Catarina Palopo) and Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, La Aurora Zoo, &more). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Antigua itinerary site.

Getting from Livingston to Antigua by combination of ferry and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Livingston in August: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 78°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Panajachel, Valhalla Experimental Station, Santa Catarina Palopo Church
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 27:
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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