30 days in Guatemala, Seattle & Antigua and Barbuda Itinerary

30 days in Guatemala, Seattle & Antigua and Barbuda Itinerary

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Seattle, United States
— 3 nights
Fly
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 day
Shuttle
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Panajachel, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Bus
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala
Drive
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Totonicapan, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Nebaj, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Coban, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Flores, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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El Remate, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Quirigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
Taxi to Rio Dulce, Ferry to Livingston
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Livingston, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to V.C. Bird International Airport, Drive to St. John's
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St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
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Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda
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Seattle, United States — 3 nights

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Discover out-of-the-way places like LeMay - America's Car Museum and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Get a sense of the local culture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight. Explore Seattle's surroundings by going to Museum of Glass (in Tacoma) and Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and walk around Kerry Park.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seattle driving holiday planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Boeing Field King County International Airport, McChord Air Force Base and Jefferson County International Airport. January in Seattle sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Guatemala City.
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Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Side Trips

Guatemala City, Guatemala — 1 day

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Museo Popol Vuh, examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, then steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional, then don't miss a visit to Relief Map, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Guatemala City journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Guatemala City takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Seattle to Guatemala City, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seattle in January, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Guatemala City: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a shuttle to Antigua.
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Museums · Historic Sites

Antigua, Guatemala — 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Arco de Santa Catalina and Convento de las Capuchinas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Volcán Pacaya and Casa Santo Domingo Museums. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, join in the after-dark buzz at Antigua Cigars, look for gifts at Casa de Artes, and see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua online itinerary maker.

Getting from Guatemala City to Antigua by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Panajachel.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Panajachel, Guatemala — 3 nights

A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Hotel Atitlan Gardens and then contemplate the geological forces at Lago de Atitlan. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Atitlán and then admire the striking features of Casa Cakchiquel.

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Traveling by shuttle from Antigua to Panajachel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in January, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Chichicastenango.
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, then stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chichicastenango holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Panajachel to Chichicastenango in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Panajachel in January, Chichicastenango is a bit cooler at night with lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Totonicapan.
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Historic Sites

Totonicapan, Guatemala — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll around Parque Ecologico Chajil Siwan.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Totonicapan road trip website.

You can drive from Chichicastenango to Totonicapan in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Nebaj.
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Nebaj, Guatemala — 1 night

On the 15th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museo de Arqueologia.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nebaj trip planner.

Traveling by car from Totonicapan to Nebaj takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Totonicapan in January, you will find days in Nebaj are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Coban.
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Coban, Guatemala — 1 night

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.
On the 16th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Biotopo del Quetzal.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Coban road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nebaj to Coban takes 4 hours. When traveling from Nebaj in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Coban, with highs around 69°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Flores.
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Flores, Guatemala — 1 night

An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Flores trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Coban to Flores in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Coban in January, with highs in Flores at 75°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to El Remate.
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El Remate, Guatemala — 1 night

On the 18th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Cerro Biotope Cahui.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our El Remate travel planner.

Drive from Flores to El Remate in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Quirigua.
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Quirigua, Guatemala — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Quirigua itinerary builder site.

You can drive from El Remate to Quirigua in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Livingston.
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Historic Sites

Livingston, Guatemala — 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 20th (Sat): explore the activities along Seven Altars and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Livingston trip planner.

Getting from Quirigua to Livingston by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 3 hours. In January in Livingston, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to St. John's.
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St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda — 6 nights

The capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda, St John's represents the commercial and touristic center of the twin-island country.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Shirley Heights and Monk's Hill. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Valley Church Beach and Safaris. Venture out of the city with trips to Devil's Bridge (in Willikies), Nelson's Dockyard (in English Harbour) and Half Moon Bay (in Saint Philip Parish). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Dickenson Bay, get engrossed in the history at Betty's Hope, take a memorable tour with Tours, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wadadli Animal Nature Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read St. John's trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Livingston to St. John's with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Livingston in January, St. John's is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Barbuda.
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Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda — 2 nights

Home to a large population of magnificent frigatebirds, Barbuda has a reputation for excellent bird-watching, along with many other relaxing pursuits.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Frigate Bird Sanctuary and Coco Point. Get outdoors at The Caves at Two Foot Bay and 17-Mile Beach. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Artcafe and explore the activities along Low Bay.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Barbuda visit planning tool.

Traveling by flight from St. John's to Barbuda takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Barbuda are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Guatemala travel guide

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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.
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Antigua and Barbuda travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Lookouts
Escape civilization with a holiday in Antigua and Barbuda, a beachgoer's paradise. The shorelines of the two islands are dotted with many beaches, from long stretches of sand to tiny coves and picturesque lagoons. While the larger Antigua houses its fair share of high-end resorts and contains the country capital of St. John's, Barbuda is remarkably undeveloped, boasting swathes of pink sand where you can go for hours without seeing a single person.
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