30 days in Guatemala Itinerary

30 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Esquipulas
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Esquipulas
— 1 day
Drive
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Quirigua
— 1 night
Drive
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Izabal
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Livingston
— 2 nights
Ferry to Rio Dulce, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Flores
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sayaxche
— 1 night
Drive
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Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coban
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Drive
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Antigua
— 6 nights
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Esquipulas — 1 day

Esquipulas, officially Municipality of Esquipulas, whose original name was Yzquipulas, is the largest city located in the department of Chiquimula, in eastern Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): experience rural life at Finca Los Girasoles, explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Esquipulas.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Esquipulas trip itinerary maker tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Esquipulas is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Esquipulas is minus 16 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in June; daily highs in Esquipulas reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Quirigua.
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Quirigua — 1 night

On the 21st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua.

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

Traveling by car from Esquipulas to Quirigua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Izabal.
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Izabal — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Lara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Izabal day trip planner.

Getting from Quirigua to Izabal by car takes about an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Livingston.
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Livingston — 2 nights

The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Dulce. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Seven Altars and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Livingston road trip planning site.

Traveling by ferry from Izabal to Livingston takes 2 hours. In June in Livingston, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.
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Tikal National Park — 1 night

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the ancient world of El Mirador.

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You can do a combination of ferry and shuttle from Livingston to Tikal National Park in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 27th (Mon), you're off to Flores.
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Flores — 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Ixpanpajul Nature Park and Cerro Biotope Cahui. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park and Catedral de Flores. Venture out of the city with trips to Peten (Piedras Negras & Isla Principal Topoxte). There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Flores tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Tikal National Park to Flores by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. June in Flores sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Sayaxche.
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Sayaxche — 1 night

Sayaxché is a municipality in the El Petén department of Guatemala, on the Río La Pasión river. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the ancient world of Ceibal and then delve into the distant past at Aguateca.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sayaxche road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Flores to Sayaxche takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Lanquin.
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Lanquin — 2 nights

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 2nd (Sat), Head underground at Lanquin Caves. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Aventura Grande, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias, and then explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lanquin holiday planner.

You can drive from Sayaxche to Lanquin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Lanquin can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Coban.
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Coban — 3 nights

Imperial City

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.
Get outdoors at Biotopo del Quetzal and Orquigonia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grutas del Rey Marcos and Parque Nacional Las Victorias. There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq' and take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz.

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Getting from Lanquin to Coban by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, Coban is slightly colder than Lanquin - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Quetzaltenango.
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Quetzaltenango — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Indian Nose and Fuentes Georginas. Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral del Espiritu Santo and La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora). Change things up with a short trip to Casa Flor Ixcaco in San Juan la Laguna (about 1h 50 min away). Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Cerro El Baul. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, don't miss a visit to Central Plaza, and gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango day trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Coban to Quetzaltenango in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Coban in July, expect Quetzaltenango to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Antigua.
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Antigua — 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Antigua Cigars and Museo Popol Vuh. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Cultural La Azotea and Convento Santa Clara. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, La Merced, &more). There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, stop by La Casa del Algodon, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua, and examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Antigua journey planner.

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Antigua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in July, things will get a bit warmer in Antigua: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Guatemala travel guide

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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.
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