51 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Coban
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Coban
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Esquipulas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Izabal
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Livingston
— 4 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
Drive
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Peten
— 3 nights
Fly
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Quetzaltenango
— 6 nights
Drive
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San Juan la Laguna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Antigua
— 19 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Biotopo del Quetzal and Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq'. Step out of the city life by going to Grutas del Rey Marcos and Grottes de la Candelaria. When in Coban, make a side trip to see Las Cuevas de Bombil Pek in Chisec, approximately Chisec away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Orquigonia.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Coban travel planner.

Paris, France to Coban is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Paris to Coban, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Paris in December, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Coban: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to 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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): Head underground at Lanquin Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on Aventura Grande, take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Lanquin trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Coban to Lanquin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Coban in December; daily highs in Lanquin reach 36°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Esquipulas.
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Esquipulas — 2 nights

Esquipulas, officially Municipality of Esquipulas, whose original name was Yzquipulas, is the largest city located in the department of Chiquimula, in eastern Guatemala. On the 19th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Esquipulas, Head underground at Cuevas, and then experience rural life at Finca Los Girasoles.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Esquipulas online tour planner.

Getting from Lanquin to Esquipulas by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lanquin in December: high temperatures in Esquipulas hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. You'll set off for Izabal on the 20th (Tue).
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Izabal — 2 nights

On the 21st (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs and then steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Sand Bay.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Izabal online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Esquipulas to Izabal takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Esquipulas in December, expect Izabal to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Livingston.
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Livingston — 4 nights

The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Visiting Playa Blanca and Seven Altars will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Castillo de San Felipe de Lara and Belgian Cemetary. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Dulce.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Livingston trip itinerary website.

Getting from Izabal to Livingston by ferry takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Izabal in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Livingston, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. You'll set off for Tikal National Park on the 26th (Mon).
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Tikal National Park — 2 nights

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Tikal National Park route planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can 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.
Visiting Ixpanpajul Nature Park and Cerro Biotope Cahui will get you outdoors. Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Catedral de Flores will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring ancient history at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas, don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, and enjoy some diversion at Reyes Tikal.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Flores trip planner.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Flores in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Flores sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Peten.
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Peten — 3 nights

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yaxha National Park and Dos Pilas. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maya Biosphere Reserve and Mirador de Canek.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Peten planner.

Traveling by car from Flores to Peten takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Quetzaltenango.
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Quetzaltenango — 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chichi Cemetery and Climbing Tours. Popular historic sites such as Church of St Francis and La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora) are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quetzaltenango: Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu), Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales (in Chichicastenango) and Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo (in Santa Catarina Palopo). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Atitlan Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Atitlán.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango online journey planner.

You can fly from Peten to Quetzaltenango in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Quetzaltenango, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan la Laguna.
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San Juan la Laguna — 3 nights

San Juan La Laguna is a municipality on the southern shore of Lago de Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala. Visiting Indian Nose and Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Galeria Imox and Galeria de Arte Chiya. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Juan la Laguna: Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna) and Tzantizotz Nature Reserve (in Santa Cruz La Laguna). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco, experience rural life at Cafe La Voz, and soothe aching muscles at San Marcos Holistic Cottage.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Juan la Laguna tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Quetzaltenango to San Juan la Laguna by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Quetzaltenango in January: highs in San Juan la Laguna hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Antigua.
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Antigua — 19 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Volcán Pacaya and Convento Santa Clara. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Auto Safari Chapin and Food Tours. Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (Iglesia Yurrita, La Merced, &more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, delve into the distant past at La Recoleccion, get a sense of history and politics at Ayuntamiento, and examine the collection at Centro Cultural La Azotea.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Antigua online trip maker.

You can drive from San Juan la Laguna to Antigua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from San Juan la Laguna in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Antigua. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the flight 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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