57 days in Guatemala Itinerary

57 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Start: Kelowna
+5
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  14 h 45 min
1
Antigua
— 14 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
2
Flores
— 5 nights
Shuttle:  5 h
3
Lanquin
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Chisec
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Coban
— 5 nights
Shuttle:  3 h 30 min
6
Chichicastenango
— 5 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
7
Quetzaltenango
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Retalhuleu
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Santiago Atitlan
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Kelowna

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Chateau DeFay (in Santa Maria de Jesus) and Guatemala City (La Canada, Edificio de Correos Central, &more). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua tour itinerary builder app.

Kelowna, Canada to Antigua is an approximately 15- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kelowna to Antigua due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Antigua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Chateau DeFay, Valhalla Experimental Station, La Azotea
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 17:
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Spas
Zona Viva ©
Zona Viva

5
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 to go to El Remate and see Cerro Biotope Cahui, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Fri) 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, head outdoors with Mirador del Rey Canek, delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Flores travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Flores in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Flores, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cerro Biotope Cahui, Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, Actún Can, Mirador del Rey Canek
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Actún Can ©
Actún Can
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing

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: admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, get outside with Aventura Grande, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lanquin travel route planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Flores to Lanquin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Flores in January, expect nights in Lanquin to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel to Chisec.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

5
nights
Chisec

Chisec ©
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Step out of Chisec with an excursion to Parque Natural Las Conchas in Chahal--about 1h 50 min away. Spend the 28th (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 find ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Chisec trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Lanquin to Chisec in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Coban.

Things to do in Chisec

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha, Parque Natural Las Conchas
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:
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Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha ©
Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha
Candelaria Caves ©
Candelaria Caves
Lagunas Sepalau ©
Lagunas Sepalau

5
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. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Orquigonia, explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq', explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin, and explore the striking landscape at Grutas del Rey Marcos.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Coban trip planner.

Drive from Chisec to Coban in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Coban sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

El Salto de Chilasco
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Grutas del Rey Marcos ©
Grutas del Rey Marcos

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chichicastenango: Q'umarkaj (in Santa Cruz del Quiche), Solola Market (in Solola) and Tzantizotz Nature Reserve (in Santa Cruz La Laguna). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church, stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico Rossbach, and identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chichicastenango online travel route planner.

Getting from Coban to Chichicastenango by shuttle takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Coban in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Chichicastenango. You'll set off for Quetzaltenango on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz del Quiche, Solola Market, Tzantizotz Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Solola Market ©
Solola Market
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj

6
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.
Explore Quetzaltenango's surroundings by going to Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Totonicapan (San Andres Xecul & Iglesia San Andres Xecul). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, make a trip to Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango road trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Quetzaltenango can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Totonicapan, Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul, Fuentes Georginas
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas

5
nights
Retalhuleu

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Step out of Retalhuleu with an excursion to Tak'alik Ab'aj in El Asintal--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, have fun at Dino Park, make a splash at Xocomil, and examine the collection at XULIK Parque Museo.

Plan a Retalhuleu trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Quetzaltenango in February; daily highs in Retalhuleu reach 39°C and lows reach 23°C. On the 22nd (Mon), you're off to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Cruz Mulua, Tak'alik Ab'aj
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
XULIK Parque Museo ©
XULIK Parque Museo
Dino Park ©
Dino Park

5
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago Atitlan: San Juan la Laguna (Galeria Imox, Indian Nose, &more), San Pedro La Laguna (Atitlan Women Weavers, Church of St Peter, &more) and San Marcos La Laguna (Spas & Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, and get impressive views of Volcano Toliman.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Santiago Atitlan trip planning site.

Getting from Retalhuleu to Santiago Atitlan by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February, Santiago Atitlan is little chillier than Retalhuleu - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna, San Lucas Toliman, San Marcos La Laguna, Lake Atitlan
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Spas
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro

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