34 days in Guatemala Itinerary

34 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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34 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City
bus:  1​h 30​min
1
Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h
3
Antigua
— 12 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Coban
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Lanquin
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h
6
Flores
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
shuttle + ferry:  7​h 15​min
8
Livingston
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Puerto Barrios
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Quirigua
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Guatemala City

5
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.
Chichi Cemetery and Catedral del Espiritu Santo will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Indian Nose and Santa Maria Volcano. Get out of town with these interesting Quetzaltenango side-trips: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil), Hotel Atitlan Gardens (in Panajachel) and Retalhuleu (Xetulul Theme Park & Xocomil). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Imox, pause for some serene contemplation at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), make a trip to Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, and look for gifts at Yabal Handicrafts.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Quetzaltenango trip itinerary planner .

Guatemala City to Quetzaltenango is an approximately 1.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive. In July, Quetzaltenango is slightly colder than Guatemala City - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Retalhuleu, Indian Nose, Chichi Cemetery, Fuentes Georginas, Galeria Imox
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Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose
Galeria Imox ©
Galeria Imox
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 4th (Sun), get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santiago Atitlan trip site .

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Santiago Atitlan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Quetzaltenango in August, with highs in Santiago Atitlan at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

12
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 hidden gems such as Convento Santa Clara and La Azotea. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Recoleccion and Iglesia de La Merced. Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, & more), Iximche (in Panajachel) and Chateau DeFay (in Santa Maria de Jesus). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Paseo De Los Museos, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Jose.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua travel planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In August in Antigua, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Coban.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, La Azotea, Chateau DeFay, Iximche, Valhalla Experimental Station
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Orquigonia and Biotopo del Quetzal. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grutas del Rey Marcos and Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin. The adventure continues: Head underground at Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq'.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Coban trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Antigua to Coban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August in Coban, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Coban

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

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 20th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Aventura Grande and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lanquin trip planner.

Getting from Coban to Lanquin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, Lanquin is a bit warmer than Coban - with highs of 40°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

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

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park and Parque arqueologico uaxactun. Step out of the city life by going to Ixpanpajul Nature Park and Cerro Biotope Cahui. Change things up with a short trip to Dos Pilas in Peten (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas, head outdoors with Actún Can, explore the ancient world of Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Flores travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Lanquin to Flores by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in August, you will find days in Flores are a bit cooler (37°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, Cerro Biotope Cahui, Dos Pilas
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas

1
night
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore and take pictures at Tikal.

Before you visit Tikal National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Tikal ©
Tikal

1
night
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Blanca and then take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Altars.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Livingston planning website .

Do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Tikal National Park to Livingston in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Livingston can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Barrios.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

1
night
Puerto Barrios

Puerto Barrios
Puerto Barrios is a city in Guatemala, located within the Gulf of Honduras. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de La Inmaculada Concepcion and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Sand Bay.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Barrios online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Livingston to Puerto Barrios takes 6.5 hours. In August in Puerto Barrios, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Quirigua.

Things to do in Puerto Barrios

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Sand Bay
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1
night
Quirigua

Quirigua ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Quirigua attractions planner .

Drive from Puerto Barrios to Quirigua in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Quirigua

Historic Sites
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