60 days in Guatemala Itinerary

60 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Izabal
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Izabal
— 4 nights
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Puerto Barrios
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Flores
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Lanquin
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chichicastenango
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Quetzaltenango
— 6 nights
Drive
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Retalhuleu
— 4 nights
Bus to San Bernardino, Taxi to Santiago Atitlan
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Santiago Atitlan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Antigua
— 18 nights
Drive
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Puerto de San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Brisbane International Airport

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Izabal

— 4 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua and Hot Springs.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Izabal online day trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Izabal is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Brisbane to Izabal. January in Izabal sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Puerto Barrios.

Things to do in Izabal

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

Puerto Barrios

— 4 nights
Puerto Barrios is a city in Guatemala, located within the Gulf of Honduras. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castillo de San Felipe de Lara and Punta de Palma. Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Barrios: Livingston (Rio Dulce & Seven Altars) and Belgian Cemetary (in Santo Tomas de Castilla). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de La Inmaculada Concepcion.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Puerto Barrios trip planner.

You can drive from Izabal to Puerto Barrios in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Izabal in January: highs in Puerto Barrios hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Barrios

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

Tikal National Park

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

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Traveling by car from Puerto Barrios to Tikal National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Flores.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. Take a break from Flores with a short trip to Cerro Biotope Cahui in El Remate, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, and delve into the distant past at Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Flores day trip tool.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Flores in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Flores can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Lanquin

— 4 nights
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grutas del Rey Marcos and Lanquin Caves. Explore Lanquin's surroundings by going to Lagunas Sepalau (in Chisec) and Coban (Grottes de la Candelaria & Vivero Verapaz). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, get outside with Aventura Grande, and Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lanquin trip itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Flores, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lanquin, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

Chichicastenango

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chichi Cemetery and Laguna Lemoa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chichicastenango: Tzantizotz Nature Reserve (in Santa Cruz La Laguna), Q'umarkaj (in Santa Cruz del Quiche) and Solola Market (in Solola). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church, contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, stroll around Parque Ecologico Chajil Siwan, and examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chichicastenango vacation builder app.

You can drive from Lanquin to Chichicastenango in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Lanquin in January, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Chichicastenango: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hotel Atitlan Gardens and Santa Maria Volcano. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quetzaltenango: Los Elementos Day Spa (in Santa Cruz La Laguna) and Panajachel (Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more). There's much more to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, pause for some photo ops at Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, and contemplate the geological forces at Santiaguito Volcano.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango day trip planning tool.

Getting from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:

Retalhuleu

— 4 nights
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Xetulul Theme Park and Tak'alik Ab'aj. The adventure continues: cool off at Xocomil, enjoy some diversion at Dino Park, and examine the collection at XULIK Parque Museo.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Retalhuleu road trip planning site.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in January, expect Retalhuleu to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 23°C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:

Santiago Atitlan

— 4 nights
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Explore hidden gems such as Colonial Church and Indian Nose. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago Atitlan: San Juan la Laguna (Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, Casa Flor Ixcaco, &more), Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna) and San Pedro La Laguna (Church of St Peter, Geo Travel Guatemala, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, take a tour by water with Ati Divers, and explore the activities along Lago de Atitlan.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santiago Atitlan trip builder app.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Retalhuleu to Santiago Atitlan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Retalhuleu in February: high temperatures in Santiago Atitlan hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Convento Santa Clara and Caoba Farms. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Iglesia de San Francisco, Paseo Cayala, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get engrossed in the history at La Azotea, experience rural life at Valhalla Experimental Station, and make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Antigua vacation planner.

Getting from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto de San Jose.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 26:

Puerto de San Jose

— 3 nights
Puerto San José is a city on Guatemala's Pacific Ocean coast, in the department of Escuintla. Discover out-of-the-way places like Big Buoy Fishing Charters and Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii. Venture out of the city with trips to Escuintla (Cathedral of Escuintla, Finca El Barretal, &more) and Tortugario Monte Rico (in Monterrico).

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto de San Jose journey planner.

You can drive from Antigua to Puerto de San Jose in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in February; daily highs in Puerto de San Jose reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto de San Jose

Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:

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.