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If we only had 2 weeks: Guatemala itinerary

We’re lucky enough that our location independent business means that we can travel extra slow. If this is an option to you, we strongly recommend that you take your time, really getting to know and appreciate each country you’re in rather than try to cram as many passport stamps as you can into a few months. We would advise at least one month in each country in Latin America, perhaps with the exception of Panama which has less going on. However, that’s not always possible, as we are often asked by people who only have a 2 week holiday from their jobs where we would prioritise in the given time. So behold! Here is our 2 weeks Guatemala itinerary for anyone who is tight on time but still wants to soak up the best that this incredible country has to offer. Don’t forget to also check out the Ultimate Guatemala Backpacking Bucketlist for ideas on what to do if you’d like to design your 2 week Guatemala itinerary.


This is one of the few countries in Latin America where night buses are not common. This means there are quite a few travel days spent on the road, unfortunately. However, minibus shuttles are pretty cheap (and waaaay safer than local ‘chicken buses’), and tend to be fairly comfy.

Guatemala chicken bus | Transport in Guatemala | Latin America travel guides by Cuppa to Copa Travels

As this is a 2 week trip, we assume that you are beginning and ending your 2 weeks Guatemala itinerary in Guatemala City. A popular option is also to add on a week in Belize, and spend some time sunning and diving in Caye Caulker. Buses from Flores on the Belize-Guatemala border are easy and plentiful.

 

Day Where Don’t miss Where to stay
1 Fly into Guat City, go straight to Antigua via colectivo minibus ($7-10USD) from Arrivals, or Uber if you land after 6pm Bigfoot Hostel or Lemontree if you like to party, Guesthouse Tamarindo or Maya Papaya for something more chilled
2 Antigua Hike up to Cerro de la Cruz mid-morning when the clouds are clearer, visit the ruins of Catedral de Santiago, skip under the Santa Catalina Arch, soak up the coffee culture in one of Antigua’s best coffee shops.
3 Get early morning shuttle to San Juan on Lake Atitlán Grab souvenirs from cooperatives that help women gain financial independence, eat street food for dinner up on the main road (‘Sol-4’ on Google Maps). Posada Mana
4 San Juan Indian Nose sunrise hike, day trip via water taxi to jump off the trampoline in San Marcos, party in San Pedro
5 Tzununá or Santa Cruz Kayak on the lake, drink a banana & cacao smoothie with volcano views in Cecap, Santa Cruz, Maya Moon Lodge, Free Cerveza or La Iguana Perdida
6 Tzununá or Santa Cruz Hike to Jaibalito, explore and chill
7 Shuttle to Lanquín from Panajachel. Your chosen hostel will then pick you up from Lanquín town centre Vista Verde in Lanquín or Utopia in Semuc Champey
8 Lanquín or Semuc Champey Visit Semuc Champey – either with a tour if you want to see the caves and do tubing, or on your own if you want to go super early (though hardly any crowds in low season anyway)
9 Lanquín or Semuc Champey Nada. RELAX. Soak up the countryside.
10 Shuttle to Flores Get a water taxi across the lake to Jorge’s rope-swing if your bus gets in early enough, catch a sunset across the lake, Hotel Petén Express
11 Flores Visit the Mayan city of Tikal. Either hike around yourself or splash out on a private tour guide – the cheap group ones tend to be a bit uninspiring. Either way, book a flexible return bus ticket with a tour company. Only do the sunrise tour outside of rainy season.
12 – OPTION 1 Shuttle to Antigua Party with the expats at The Snug, Reilly’s and The Londoner, party with the locals (on Saturdays) at El Barrio, Las Palmas or Las Vibras de la Casbah. Bigfoot Hostel or Lemontree if you like to party, Guesthouse Tamarindo or Maya Papaya for something more chilled
13 – OPTION 1 Antigua Either hike Pacaya Volcano, or take the official Hobbitenango shuttle/ rent a car from Alamo (around $15 a day via Priceline) and explore Hobbitenango, San Juan del Obispo and surrounding areas to see real Guatemalan life
12 – OPTION 2 Shuttle to Xela Note: only take this option if your flight from Guat City isn’t in the morning Casa San Bartolome
13 – OPTION 2 Xela Explore the markets, take in a more real Guatemala
14 Shuttle to Guatemala City Airport Amazing duty-free deals on Guatemala’s Ron Zacapa in the airport – voted the world’s best rum!

 

If you haven’t yet decided where in Latin America to spend your 2 weeks holiday, you might also want to check these out before booking those flights!

Got 3 weeks in Guatemala?

Use the 2 weeks Guatemala itinerary but spend a few more days in Antigua and do the Acatenango hike if you’re into physical torture for the sake of great views. Then after Flores visit Lívingston and Río Dulce for 2 days each. The bus back from Río Dulce to Guatemala City or Antigua will take the best part of a full day, so make sure to factor that in. We enjoyed staying at Casa Rosada in Lívingston (don’t miss the Siete Altares!) and Hotel Kangaroo y Las Mexicanas in Río Dulce.

 

 

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If we only had 2 weeks: Guatemala Itinerary | British travel couple Andy & Lozzy at Tikal Mayan ruins near Flores, Guatemala | Latin America travel guides by Cuppa to Copa Travels

 

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