46 days in Guatemala Itinerary

46 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly to Mundo Maya International Airport, Drive to Livingston
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Livingston
— 2 nights
Ferry to Rio Dulce, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Flores
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chisec
— 3 nights
Drive
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Coban
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Quetzaltenango
— 7 nights
Drive
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Retalhuleu
— 2 nights
Bus to San Bernardino, Taxi to San Pedro La Laguna
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 3 nights
Ferry to Panajachel, Shuttle to Antigua
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Antigua
— 18 nights
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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 4th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Seven Altars and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Livingston trip simple and quick.

Atlanta, USA to Livingston is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Atlanta to Livingston, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in May; daily highs in Livingston reach 89°F and lows reach 74°F. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel to Tikal National Park.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Tikal National Park — 2 nights

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tikal National Park sightseeing website.

Getting from Livingston to Tikal National Park by combination of ferry and shuttle takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Flores.
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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.
Flores is known for historic sites, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun, get outside with Actún Can, get to know the resident critters at Petencito Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Flores travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Flores in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. May in Flores sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Lanquin.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): head outdoors with Aventura Grande, then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lanquin attractions app.

Traveling by shuttle from Flores to Lanquin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Flores in May, you will find days in Lanquin are a bit warmer (97°F), and nights are about the same (76°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chisec.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Chisec — 3 nights

Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Candelaria Caves and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Sepalau.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chisec tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Lanquin to Chisec by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Coban.
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Side Trip

Coban — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Grutas del Rey Marcos and then stroll through Orquigonia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Biotopo del Quetzal.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Coban online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Chisec to Coban takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Quetzaltenango.
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Quetzaltenango — 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Quetzaltenango side-trips: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil), Solola Market (in Solola) and Reserva Natural Atitlán (in Panajachel). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), laugh and play at Xocomil, and examine the collection at Museo Ixkik' del Traje Maya.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango trip planning site.

Getting from Coban to Quetzaltenango by shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Coban in May, things will get little chillier in Quetzaltenango: highs are around 72°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Retalhuleu.
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Side Trips

Retalhuleu — 2 nights

The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): try out the rides at Xocomil and then find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Tak'alik Ab'aj and then examine the collection at XULIK Parque Museo.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Retalhuleu sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Quetzaltenango, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Retalhuleu, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Pedro La Laguna.
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Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna — 3 nights

Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Pedro La Laguna: Santiago Atitlan (Cojolya Museum and Store & Colonial Church) and Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Lago de Atitlan, relax and rejuvenate at Erin's All Natural Facials and Massage, shop like a local with Galeria Imox, and get engrossed in the history at Tzunun' Ya'.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro La Laguna online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Retalhuleu to San Pedro La Laguna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Retalhuleu in May, with highs in San Pedro La Laguna at 81°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Antigua.
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Parks · Museums · Nature · Spas
Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, La Merced, &more), Iximche (in Panajachel) and Fuego Volcano (in Alotenango). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and shuttle from San Pedro La Laguna to Antigua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In May in Antigua, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 61°F at night. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly 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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