30 days in Guatemala Itinerary

30 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Esquipulas
1
Esquipulas
— 1 day
Drive
2
Quirigua
— 1 night
Drive
3
Izabal
— 2 nights
Ferry
4
Livingston
— 2 nights
Ferry to Rio Dulce, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
5
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive
6
Flores
— 3 nights
Bus
7
Sayaxche
— 1 night
Drive
8
Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Coban
— 3 nights
Shuttle
10
Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Drive
11
Antigua
— 6 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1

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. On the 29th (Mon), relax in the rural setting at Finca Los Girasoles, explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Esquipulas.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Esquipulas online trip itinerary maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Esquipulas is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Brisbane to Esquipulas due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Quirigua.

Things to do in Esquipulas

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Quirigua

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Quirigua day trip planning website.

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 30th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Izabal.

Things to do in Quirigua

Historic Sites

Izabal

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Lara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Izabal holiday planner.

You can drive from Quirigua to Izabal in an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Izabal can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Izabal

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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 2nd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Dulce. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Seven Altars and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Livingston itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Izabal to Livingston takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Izabal in April, you will find days in Livingston are slightly colder (37°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Tikal National Park

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 4th (Sun), delve into the distant past at El Mirador.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park route tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from Livingston to Tikal National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 5th (Mon), you're off to Flores.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.
Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Ixpanpajul Nature Park and Cerro Biotope Cahui. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Flores: Peten (Piedras Negras & Isla Principal Topoxte). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Flores trip maker.

Getting from Tikal National Park to Flores by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April in Flores, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Sayaxche.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sayaxche

— 1 night
Sayaxché is a municipality in the El Petén department of Guatemala, on the Río La Pasión river. On the 9th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Ceibal and then delve into the distant past at Aguateca.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sayaxche road trip planning website.

Getting from Flores to Sayaxche by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Sayaxche

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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 10th (Sat): Head underground at Lanquin Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Aventura Grande, explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias, and then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lanquin online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Sayaxche to Lanquin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Lanquin are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Coban.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

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 in touch with nature at Orquigonia and Grutas del Rey Marcos. Discover out-of-the-way places like Biotopo del Quetzal and Vivero Verapaz. Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Las Victorias. There's more to do: Head underground at Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq'.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Coban holiday builder website.

You can drive from Lanquin to Coban in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in April, things will get a bit cooler in Coban: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Coban

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Indian Nose and Climbing Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Santa Maria Volcano and Catedral del Espiritu Santo. Change things up with these side-trips from Quetzaltenango: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Casa Flor Ixcaco (in San Juan la Laguna). Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Cerro El Baul. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, and don't miss a visit to Central Plaza.

Plan trip to Quetzaltenango with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a shuttle from Coban to Quetzaltenango in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, Quetzaltenango is slightly colder than Coban - with highs of 28°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Convento Santa Clara and La Recoleccion. Do some cultural sightseeing at Food Tours and La Azotea. Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Zona Viva, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Casa Popenoe, get a taste of local nightlife at Antigua Cigars, experience rural life at Valhalla Experimental Station, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua.

To find out how to plan a trip to Antigua, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Antigua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, Antigua is somewhat warmer than Quetzaltenango - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
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.