60 days in Guatemala Itinerary

60 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip planner

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Antigua
— 16 nights
Shuttle to Panajachel, Taxi to Santa Cruz La Laguna
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Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santiago Atitlan
— 5 nights
Taxi to San Bernardino, Bus to Retalhuleu
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Retalhuleu
— 4 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Coban
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lanquin
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Flores
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park
— 5 nights
Shuttle to Rio Dulce, Taxi to Quirigua
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Quirigua
— 4 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Philadelphia International Airport

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Antigua

— 16 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Antigua Photo Walks and Oakland Mall. Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Auto Safari Chapin (in Escuintla), Panajachel (Casa Cakchiquel, Hotel Atitlan Gardens, &more) and Guatemala City (Museo de los Ninos de Guatemala, Iglesia Yurrita, &more). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Association Aprode, relax in the rural setting at Valhalla Experimental Station, see the interesting displays at Paseo De Los Museos, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Antigua day trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Antigua is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to Antigua due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Philadelphia in August: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 78°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Cruz La Laguna

— 5 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Los Elementos Day Spa and Indian Nose. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Cruz La Laguna: Chichi Cemetery (in Chichicastenango), Lake Atitlan Travel Guide (in Santa Catarina Palopo) and Laguna Lemoa (in Santa Cruz del Quiche).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Cruz La Laguna online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Antigua to Santa Cruz La Laguna in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Cruz La Laguna when traveling from Antigua in August, with lows around 53°F. You'll set off for Santiago Atitlan on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Santiago Atitlan

— 5 nights
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mayan Dynasty Tours and Finca Xetuc. Get out of town with these interesting Santiago Atitlan side-trips: Volcan Atitlan (in San Lucas Toliman), San Pedro La Laguna (Volcan San Pedro, Church of St Peter, &more) and San Juan la Laguna (Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, Casa Flor Ixcaco, &more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, soothe aching muscles at San Marcos Holistic Cottage, see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago Atitlan attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Santiago Atitlan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santiago Atitlan when traveling from Santa Cruz La Laguna in August, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Retalhuleu

— 4 nights
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Xocomil and Tak'alik Ab'aj. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, examine the collection at XULIK Parque Museo, and enjoy some diversion at Dino Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Retalhuleu visit site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Retalhuleu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in September, expect Retalhuleu to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 73°F. You'll set off for Quetzaltenango on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Quetzaltenango

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to guateSUP and Catedral del Espiritu Santo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quetzaltenango: Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales (in Chichicastenango), Solola Market (in Solola) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 11th (Fri) at Xocomil. There's still lots to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), see the interesting displays at Museo Ixkik' del Traje Maya, and get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Retalhuleu to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Retalhuleu in September, with highs in Quetzaltenango at 69°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Coban.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Tours · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Coban

— 5 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 Orquigonia and Grutas del Rey Marcos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Coban: Chisec (Candelaria Caves & Las Cuevas de Bombil Pek) and El Salto de Chilasco (in Chilasco). Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Las Victorias. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Biotopo del Quetzal, explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq', take in the dramatic natural features at Grottes de la Candelaria, and take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Coban itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Coban in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Quetzaltenango in September: high temperatures in Coban hover around 79°F and lows are around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Coban

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lanquin

— 5 nights
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grutas Las Marias and Lagunas Sepalau. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, get outside with Aventura Grande, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lanquin online visit planner.

You can drive from Coban to Lanquin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Coban in September; daily highs in Lanquin reach 92°F and lows reach 75°F. You will leave for Flores on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Flores

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park and Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas. Get out of town with these interesting Flores side-trips: Cerro Biotope Cahui (in El Remate) and Dos Pilas (in Peten). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, Head underground at Actún Can, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, and head outdoors with Actún Can.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Flores trip planning tool.

You can take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Flores sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tikal National Park

— 5 nights
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Tikal National Park is known for historic sites and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at Tikal Canopy Tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tikal National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Flores to Tikal National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for Quirigua on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Quirigua

— 4 nights
Quirigua is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Tikal National Park to Quirigua in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Quirigua

Historic Sites

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.