57 days in Central America Itinerary

57 days in Central America Itinerary

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Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Chichicastenango
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive
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Izabal, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Livingston, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Ferry to Rio Dulce, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Flores, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Fly
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
Drive
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Fly
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Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Utila, Honduras
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Roatan, Fly to San Pedro Sula, Bus to Copan Ruinas
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 2 nights
Drive
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Bus to Managua, Fly to Big Corn Island
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Big Corn Island, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Fly to Bluefields, Taxi to San Carlos
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San Carlos, Nicaragua
— 1 day
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to San Jose del Sur
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Chichi

Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chichi Cemetery and Pascual Abaj. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chichicastenango: Solola Market (in Solola), Tzantizotz Nature Reserve (in Santa Cruz La Laguna) and Santa Catarina Palopo Church (in Santa Catarina Palopo). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church and examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chichicastenango trip planner.

Belize City, Belize to Chichicastenango is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Belize City in January, expect nights in Chichicastenango to be cooler, around 5°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a shuttle to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Santa Maria Volcano and Xocomil. Explore Quetzaltenango's surroundings by going to Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, look for gifts at Yabal Handicrafts, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and make a trip to Central Plaza.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by shuttle from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:

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San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Volcan San Pedro and Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Pedro La Laguna: Indian Nose (in San Juan la Laguna), Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna) and Santiago Atitlan (Finca Xetuc, Cojolya Museum and Store, &more). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco and explore the galleries of Galeria Imox.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our San Pedro La Laguna travel planner.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to San Pedro La Laguna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Quetzaltenango in January, plan for a bit warmer days in San Pedro La Laguna, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Izabal.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

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Izabal, Guatemala

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castillo de San Felipe de Lara and Hot Springs. When in Izabal, make a side trip to see Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua in Quirigua, approximately Quirigua away.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Izabal driving holiday app.

Getting from San Pedro La Laguna to Izabal by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in January, you will find days in Izabal are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Izabal

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

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Livingston, Guatemala

The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seven Altars and Punta de Palma. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca and explore the activities along Rio Dulce.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Livingston trip tool.

You can ride a ferry from Izabal to Livingston in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Izabal in January, plan for slightly colder days in Livingston, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

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Tikal National Park, Guatemala

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: explore the ancient world of El Mirador.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park online trip builder.

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. You will leave for Flores on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
Highlights from your trip

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Flores, Guatemala

An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Ixpanpajul Nature Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Flores: Peten (Isla Principal Topoxte & Piedras Negras). Spend the 25th (Fri) exploring nature at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal, identify plant and animal life at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas, don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Flores attractions 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. In January, daily temperatures in Flores can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:

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Antigua, Guatemala

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande and La Azotea. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Caoba Farms, and experience rural life at Valhalla Experimental Station.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Antigua visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Flores to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Flores in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Antigua. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:

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San Salvador, El Salvador

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
On the 1st (Fri), get impressive views of Volcan San Salvador and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Lucia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Ana Cathedral, and then examine the collection at Monseñor Romero Center.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Salvador tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Antigua to San Salvador takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, San Salvador is a bit warmer than Antigua - with highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

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Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): look for gifts at Seagrape Plantation Diveshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum, then stop by The Roatan Chocolate Factory, and then view the masterpieces at Waves of Art.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Roatan vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from San Salvador to Roatan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from San Salvador in February, plan for little chillier days in Roatan, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Utila.

Things to do in Roatan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

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Utila, Honduras

The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): head off the coast to Utila Cays Diving and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Bando Beach and then stroll through Iguana Research & Breeding Station.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Utila online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Roatan to Utila takes 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Roatan in February since evenings lows in Utila dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Utila

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

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Copan Ruinas, Honduras

The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
On the 8th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre, examine the collection at Museo de Arqueologia, then see the interesting displays at Museo Escolar Casa K'Inich, and finally experience rural life at Finca el Cisne. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, then don't miss a visit to Hieroglyphic Stairway, then see where the action happens at Mayan Ball Court, and finally steep yourself in history at Pyramid over Rosalila Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Copan Ruinas trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Utila to Copan Ruinas takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry, flight, taxi, and bus. In February, daytime highs in Copan Ruinas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:

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Leon, Nicaragua

A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus, pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Penitas, and finally examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Poneloya and then get impressive views of Telica Volcano.

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Drive from Copan Ruinas to Leon in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Copan Ruinas in February, with highs in Leon at 40°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Big Corn Island.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:

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Big Corn Island, Nicaragua

The larger of the two islands, Big Corn Island offers a laid-back atmosphere and tropical island scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then step off the mainland to explore nautilus corn island.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Big Corn Island trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Leon to Big Corn Island takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Leon in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Big Corn Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to San Carlos.

Things to do in Big Corn Island

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 13:

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San Carlos, Nicaragua

San Carlos is the capital city of the municipality of San Carlos and of the Río San Juan Department of Nicaragua.The city proper has a population of roughly 12,174, while the city and surrounding communities (Comarcas) contain 37,461 as of 2005. On the 14th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Mancarron.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Carlos trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Big Corn Island to San Carlos takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Carlos

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
On the 15th (Fri), examine the collection at Museo Ometepe, then explore the activities along Rio Istian, and then admire the sheer force of Cascada de San Ramon. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure, then examine the collection at El Ceibo Museums, and then take a stroll through Los Ramos.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from San Carlos to Isla de Ometepe in 12 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa el Coco and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Marsella Valley Nature Center and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:

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Granada, Nicaragua

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Catarina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora, then don't miss a visit to Parque Colon de Granada, then examine the collection at Mi Museo, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Mombacho Cigars. Keep things going the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Marina Cocibolca, admire the landmark architecture of Guadalupe Church, then look for gifts at Soy Nica, and finally admire the masterpieces at Casa de Los Tres Mundos.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada online road trip planner.

You can drive from San Juan del Sur to Granada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:

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Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
On your second day here, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Up in the Cloud Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Escondido Preserve and then surround yourself with nature on Monteverde Wild Hikes.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Monteverde travel route builder app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:

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.