57 days in Guatemala Itinerary

57 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala travel planner

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Antigua
— 17 nights
Shuttle to Panajachel, Taxi to Santa Cruz La Laguna
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Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 3 nights
Ferry
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 3 nights
Taxi to San Bernardino, Bus to Retalhuleu
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Retalhuleu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Chichicastenango
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lanquin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chisec
— 3 nights
Drive
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Coban
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Rio Dulce, Ferry to Livingston
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Livingston
— 4 nights
Ferry to Rio Dulce, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Peten
— 4 nights
Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to General Heriberto Jara International Airport

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Antigua

— 17 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 Antigua's surroundings by going to Iximche (in Panajachel) and Guatemala City (Auto Mariscos, Museo del Ferrocarril, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Antigua trip itinerary builder site.

Veracruz, Mexico to Antigua is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Veracruz in February since evenings lows in Antigua dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 27:

Santa Cruz La Laguna

— 3 nights
When in Santa Cruz La Laguna, make a side trip to see Cerro de Oro in Solola, approximately Solola away.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Santa Cruz La Laguna trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and taxi from Antigua to Santa Cruz La Laguna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Antigua in February, Santa Cruz La Laguna is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 2:

San Pedro La Laguna

— 3 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: Santiago Atitlan (Colonial Church & Cojolya Museum and Store), Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna) and Indian Nose (in San Juan la Laguna). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Peter, browse the exhibits of Galeria Imox, and surround yourself with nature on Geo Travel Guatemala.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Pedro La Laguna travel route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Cruz La Laguna to San Pedro La Laguna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in San Pedro La Laguna are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:

Retalhuleu

— 3 nights
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. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, make a splash at Xocomil, let little ones run wild at Dino Park, and examine the collection at XULIK Parque Museo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Retalhuleu journey builder tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from San Pedro La Laguna to Retalhuleu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Retalhuleu: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Panajachel (Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Quetzaltenango trip planning site.

Getting from Retalhuleu to Quetzaltenango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Retalhuleu in March, expect Quetzaltenango to be colder, temps between 26°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 14:

Chichicastenango

— 3 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chichicastenango: Solola Market (in Solola) and Q'umarkaj (in Santa Cruz del Quiche). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church, examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, steep yourself in history at Pascual Abaj, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chichicastenango route planner.

You can take a shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, head outdoors with Aventura Grande, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lanquin trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Chichicastenango to Lanquin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Chichicastenango in March: high temperatures in Lanquin hover around 40°C and lows are around 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Chisec.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:

Chisec

— 3 nights
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. There's much more 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.

Discover how to plan a Chisec trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Lanquin to Chisec by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Coban.

Things to do in Chisec

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Coban to Chilasco to see El Salto de Chilasco about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Orquigonia, admire the natural beauty at Vivero Verapaz, explore the striking landscape at Grutas del Rey Marcos, and Head underground at Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq'.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Coban online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chisec to Coban takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Coban

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 27:

Livingston

— 4 nights
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Take a break from Livingston with a short trip to Belgian Cemetary in Santo Tomas de Castilla, about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Lara, kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, and explore the activities along Seven Altars.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Livingston trip planner.

Getting from Coban to Livingston by combination of shuttle and ferry takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Coban in March, with highs in Livingston at 34°C and lows at 24°C. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

Tikal National Park

— 3 nights
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Spend the 1st (Thu) soaking in the spiritual atmosphere of Tikal.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park trip planner.

Getting from Livingston to Tikal National Park by combination of ferry and shuttle takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for Peten.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 3:
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Peten

— 4 nights
Peten is known for historic sites, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Yaxha National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Maya Biosphere Reserve, don't miss a visit to Isla Principal Topoxte, and head outdoors with Mirador del Rey Canek.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Peten trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Peten in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:

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.