This route can take you as little as two weeks or as much as a month, it depends on your time constraints and how much you end up falling in love with one of my favourite countries. The route encompasses all of Guatemala’s top tourist attractions in an easy to follow path around the country, allowing you to get a good grasp of the culture in each region.
The Main attractions we’re going to try and hit include:
The map below pinpoints where each attraction lies, Panajachel is the transport hub for Lago De Atitlan and where most travellers will base themselves. In a similar way Flores is the traveller hub for reaching Tikal and Lanquin is the hub for Semuc Champey.
Your route will vary dependent on your start and end points, a round trip starting in Guatemala City would look like the above. There is almost an infinite number of variations on the route, so you will need to figure out what works best for you. I find it useful to plug all my destinations into Google Maps and then fiddle until I’ve found the shortest travel time possible whilst incorporating all my desired stops and keeping my entry and departure points fixed.
As for transportation between these locations, it didn’t take long for the tourist industry in Guatemala to realise travellers wanted to visit these top attractions. Meaning travel agencies have sprung up all over these areas providing shuttle buses. The mass of competition means your able to haggle a very fair price, whilst knowing you’ll have a direct and safe journey. Not happy with your initial quote walk next door… often you’ll get called back and offered a lower price. *Never book online in advance* the prices are always at a premium.
The other option available in some cases are chicken buses, these buses are incredible!? In a nutshell they’re old American school buses that have been pimped out to excess. They’re a cheaper option to travelling through Guatemala, however you can’t always be guaranteed a seat and in my experience, they are driven rather recklessly as well as rarely delivering you directly to your destination. A shuttle bus at the right price wins for me.
Hope this helps! Feel free to leave any questions below. Happy Travelling!
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