60 days in Guatemala Itinerary

60 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala travel planner

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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
— 4 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
— 3 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
— 2 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Brisbane International Airport

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Izabal

— 4 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua and Hot Springs.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Izabal trip planning site.

Brisbane, Australia to Izabal is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Brisbane to Izabal due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Izabal can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for 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. Step off the beaten path and head to Castillo de San Felipe de Lara and Catedral de La Inmaculada Concepcion. Explore Puerto Barrios' surroundings by going to Belgian Cemetary (in Santo Tomas de Castilla) and Livingston (Rio Dulce & Seven Altars). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta de Palma.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Barrios trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Izabal to Puerto Barrios in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Izabal in January, expect nights in Puerto Barrios to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for 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

— 4 nights
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Spend the 12th (Thu) soaking in the spiritual atmosphere of Tikal.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tikal National Park trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Puerto Barrios to Tikal National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Flores.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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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 discover tucked-away gems like Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. Go for a jaunt from Flores to El Remate to see Cerro Biotope Cahui about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, and don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Flores trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Flores takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Flores are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:

Lanquin

— 4 nights
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grutas del Rey Marcos and Lanquin Caves. Venture out of the city with trips to Lagunas Sepalau (in Chisec) and Coban (Vivero Verapaz & Grottes de la Candelaria). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, head outdoors with Aventura Grande, and Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lanquin travel route planner.

Take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Flores in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lanquin: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chichi Cemetery and Tzantizotz Nature Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Chichicastenango: Q'umarkaj (in Santa Cruz del Quiche), Parque Ecologico Chajil Siwan (in Totonicapan) and Solola Market (in Solola). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church, contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, see the interesting displays at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, and get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Lemoa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chichicastenango journey builder website.

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 a bit cooler days in Chichicastenango, with highs around 24°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) 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 23 — 27:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hotel Atitlan Gardens and Santa Maria Volcano. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quetzaltenango: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil), Panajachel (Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more) and Santa Cruz La Laguna (El Pico de Cielo, Los Elementos Day Spa, &more). The adventure continues: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, and make a trip to Central Plaza.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango day trip website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 2:

Retalhuleu

— 3 nights
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Xetulul Theme Park and Dino Park. When in Retalhuleu, make a side trip to see Tak'alik Ab'aj in El Asintal, approximately El Asintal away. There's more to do: cool off at Xocomil and see the interesting displays at XULIK Parque Museo.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Retalhuleu journey builder tool.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, Retalhuleu is warmer than Quetzaltenango - with highs of 39°C and lows of 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:

Santiago Atitlan

— 4 nights
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Discover out-of-the-way places like Colonial Church and Indian Nose. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago Atitlan: San Juan la Laguna (Galeria Imox, Casa Flor Ixcaco, &more), Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna) and San Pedro La Laguna (Geo Travel Guatemala, Volcan San Pedro, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, get outside with Ati Divers, and explore the activities along Lago de Atitlan.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santiago Atitlan visit website.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Retalhuleu to Santiago Atitlan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder 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 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Convento Santa Clara and Caoba Farms. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Plaza de la Constitucion, Palacio Nacional, &more), Fuego Volcano (in Alotenango) and Santa Catarina Palopo Church (in Santa Catarina Palopo). There's still lots to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, see the interesting displays at Paseo De Los Museos, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Jose.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Antigua trip 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, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Puerto de San Jose.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 27:

Puerto de San Jose

— 2 nights
Puerto San José is a city on Guatemala's Pacific Ocean coast, in the department of Escuintla. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Escuintla and then experience rural life at Finca El Barretal. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Tortugario Monte Rico and then take a tour by water with Big Buoy Fishing Charters.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto de San Jose tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Antigua to Puerto de San Jose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in February; daily highs in Puerto de San Jose reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto de San Jose

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
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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.