23 days in Guatemala Itinerary

23 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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23 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Chichicastenango
— 2 nights
shuttle:  3​h 30​min
2
Coban
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Puerto Barrios
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Livingston
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Quirigua
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 15​min
7
Flores
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
8
Antigua
— 7 nights
shuttle + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

2
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), hunt for treasures at Solola Market, then contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, then stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Lemoa, then see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico Rossbach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chichicastenango trip itinerary planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Chichicastenango is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. November in Chichicastenango sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Coban.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Laguna Lemoa, Solola Market
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Laguna Lemoa ©
Laguna Lemoa
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Orquigonia and Biotopo del Quetzal. Visiting Grutas del Rey Marcos and Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq' will get you outdoors. There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Coban trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Chichicastenango to Coban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Coban when traveling from Chichicastenango in November, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Grutas del Rey Marcos ©
Grutas del Rey Marcos

2
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 7th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Aventura Grande and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lanquin holiday planner.

Drive from Coban to Lanquin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Coban in November, with highs in Lanquin at 36°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Barrios.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

2
nights
Puerto Barrios

Puerto Barrios
Puerto Barrios is a city in Guatemala, located within the Gulf of Honduras. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta de Palma and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de La Inmaculada Concepcion. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Sand Bay.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Barrios day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Puerto Barrios takes 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lanquin in November: highs in Puerto Barrios hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 24°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Puerto Barrios

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Sand Bay
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1
night
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Livingston trip planning site .

Getting from Puerto Barrios to Livingston by car takes about 6.5 hours. November in Livingston sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Quirigua.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

1
night
Quirigua

Quirigua ©
On the 12th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Quirigua trip maker .

You can drive from Livingston to Quirigua in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Quirigua

Historic Sites
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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 off the beaten path and head to Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Ixpanpajul Nature Park. Get some cultural insight at Tikal and Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Flores holiday planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Quirigua to Flores takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In November in Flores, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tikal, Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park

7
nights
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.
Visit Convento Santa Clara and Arco de Santa Catalina for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Food Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, La Merced, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and take an in-depth tour of La Azotea.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Antigua route maker website .

Getting from Flores to Antigua by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Flores in November, with highs in Antigua at 27°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, La Azotea
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Spas & Wellness
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya

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