60 days in Newark & Guatemala Itinerary

60 days in Newark & Guatemala Itinerary

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60 days in Newark & Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
1
Newark, United States
— 12 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
2
Antigua, Guatemala
— 11 nights
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  7​h
3
Livingston, Guatemala
— 4 nights
ferry + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
4
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Flores, Guatemala
— 4 nights
shuttle:  5​h
6
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Coban, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Chisec, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Retalhuleu, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Newark, United States

12
nights
Newark, United States

Newark ©
Newark is the most populous city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newark: Sourland Mountain Preserve (in Hillsborough), Bronx Zoo (in Bronx) and Princeton (Princeton University, St. Paul's Catholic Church, & more). On the 8th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Blue Mountain Resort. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Six Flags Great Adventure, tour the pleasant surroundings at Camelback Mountain Resort, immerse yourself in nature at Liberty State Park, and have some family-friendly fun at Bury The Hatchet Old Bridge - Axe Throwing.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Newark sightseeing app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Newark Liberty International Airport, La Guardia Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Newark can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Newark

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Princeton, Montclair, New Paltz, Bushkill Falls, Hoboken Waterfront Walkway
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 12:
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Woodbury Common Premium Outlets ©
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Bronx Zoo ©
Bronx Zoo
Six Flags Great Adventure ©
Six Flags Great Adventure

11
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Iximche (in Panajachel), Guatemala City (Iglesia Santo domingo, Museo Popol Vuh, & more) and Fuego Volcano (in Alotenango). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua driving holiday website .

Explore your travel options from Newark to Antigua with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Antigua is minus 1 hour. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Newark in January; daily highs in Antigua reach 74°F and lows reach 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Santo Tomas Church, Iximche, Fuego Volcano, Mixco Viejo
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 24:
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Mundo Petapa Irtra ©
Mundo Petapa Irtra

4
nights
Livingston, Guatemala

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Livingston: Belgian Cemetary (in Santo Tomas de Castilla) and Hot waterfall (in Izabal). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, contemplate the waterfront views at Seven Altars, and step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Lara.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Livingston itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Antigua to Livingston takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Antigua in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Livingston: highs are around 80°F and lows about 67°F. On the 28th (Tue), you're off toTikal National Park.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Castillo de San Felipe de Lara, Hot waterfall, Belgian Cemetary
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars
Castillo de San Felipe de Lara ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Lara

3
nights
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tikal National Park: Peten (Yaxha National Park & Isla Principal Topoxte). Spend the 31st (Fri) exploring ancient history at Tikal. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park online trip planner .

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 1st (Sat), you're off toFlores.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Peten
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Isla Principal Topoxte ©
Isla Principal Topoxte

4
nights
Flores, Guatemala

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring ancient history at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas, delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, and make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, 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. In February, daily temperatures in Flores can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:
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Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Actún Can ©
Actún Can

4
nights
Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Go for a jaunt from Lanquin to Raxruha to see Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha about 2 hours away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias, and head outdoors with Aventura Grande.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lanquin road trip planning tool .

You can take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Flores in February, expect nights in Lanquin to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 91°F. You will leave for Coban on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha ©
Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha

4
nights
Coban, Guatemala

Coban ©
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.
Coban is known for wildlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Biotopo del Quetzal, explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq', explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Las Victorias, and take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Coban day trip website .

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Coban takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in February, things will get slightly colder in Coban: highs are around 73°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chisec.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:
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Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq' ©
Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq'

3
nights
Chisec, Guatemala

Chisec ©
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Candelaria Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Las Cuevas de Bombil Pek, and explore the activities along Lagunas Sepalau.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chisec attractions website .

You can drive from Coban to Chisec in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chisec

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:
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Lagunas Sepalau ©
Lagunas Sepalau
Candelaria Caves ©
Candelaria Caves

5
nights
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Quetzaltenango ©
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.
Explore Quetzaltenango's surroundings by going to Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna), Indian Nose (in San Pedro La Laguna) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at San Andres Xecul, admire the landmark architecture of Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango trip planner .

Drive from Chisec to Quetzaltenango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Chichicastenango, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Indian Nose, Fuentes Georginas, San Andres Xecul
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas

2
nights
Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Tak'alik Ab'aj, see the interesting displays at XULIK Parque Museo, and then make a splash at Xocomil. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let little ones run wild at Dino Park and then find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Retalhuleu road trip planner .

Getting from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, Retalhuleu is much hotter than Quetzaltenango - with highs of 92°F and lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to San Lucas Toliman.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Santa Cruz Mulua, Tak'alik Ab'aj
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
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Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Xocomil ©
Xocomil
Dino Park ©
Dino Park

4
nights
San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala

San Lucas Toliman ©
San Lucas Tolimán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Catarina Palopo (Santa Catarina Palopo Church & Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo), Volcan San Pedro (in San Pedro La Laguna) and Hotel Atitlan Gardens (in Panajachel). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan, don't miss a visit to San Antonio Palopo, and see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Lucas Toliman trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Retalhuleu to San Lucas Toliman in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Retalhuleu in February, expect San Lucas Toliman to be a bit cooler, temps between 76°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Lucas Toliman

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Santa Catarina Palopo, Lake Atitlan, Volcan San Pedro, Hotel Atitlan Gardens, Cojolya Museum and Store
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan

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