Enjoy the best of Guatemala and Honduras' Roatán Island in two weeks on this culture- and nature-focused adventure. You'll explore ancient Maya ruins in Tikal, inner tube through winding caves at B'omb'il Pek, and visit rural Ixil communities in the Western Highlands. Discover Guatemala's natural rugged beauty as you swim, drive, and fly your way across the country.

Highlights

  • Explore the well-preserved Mayan ruins at ancient Tikal 
  • Take a dip in Semuc Champey's stunning turquoise pools
  • Discover Ixil daily life and culture in the Guatemalan Highlands
  • Admire Baroque architecture and fascinating church ruins in Antigua
  • Snorkel thriving reefs off the Honduran island of Roatán in the Caribbean

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Guatemala City Guatemala City
Day 2 Fly to Flores - Explore Tikal Tikal National Park
Day 3 B'omb'il Pek excursion - Transfer to Cobán Cobán
Day 4 Day trip to Semuc Champey Cobán
Day 5 Transfer to Huehuetenango Huehuetenango
Day 6 Day trip to the Ixil region Huehuetenango
Day 7 Transfer to Panajachel Panajachel
Day 8 Boat tour of Lake Atitlán  Panajachel
Day 9 Transfer to Antigua Guatemala Antigua
Day 10 Bike tour of Antigua's local villages Antigua
Day 11 Fly to Roatán Roatán
Day 12 Snorkel tour Roatán
Day 13 Return to Guatemala City Guatemala city
Day 14 Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Guatemala City

Guatemala City, Guatemala
Palacio Nacional de la Cultura and Cathedral of Guatemala City

Welcome to Guatemala City! A representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel where you will receive your detailed itinerary. Depending on your arrival time, stretch your legs with a stroll and explore the surroundings of Guatemala's capital.

Day 2: Fly to Flores - Explore Tikal

Tikal, Archaeological site.
Explore the ancient Maya complex of ruins at Tikal

Get an early start this morning for your flight to Flores in the department of Petén where you'll meet your driver and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tikal National Park. The site is known for its Maya ruins, complete with towering pyramids and sprawling columns. It was the capital of one of the ancient Mayas' most powerful kingdoms and is currently home to the tallest pre-Columbian structure in the Americas.

Follow your expert guide through temples and pyramids, stopping at significant points of interest all the while keeping an eye out for the resident wildlife, like howler and spider monkeys and toucans and parakeets.

Day 3: B'omb'il Pek excursion - Transfer to Cobán

B'omb'il Pek, Candelaria, Guatemala
Float in the dark through a labyrinth of caves in Candelaria

After an early breakfast, make your way south toward Cobán for an exciting afternoon of inner-tubing the B'omb'il Pek caves at Chisec. Meaning "painted stone" in English, you'll grab a flashlight and set off to navigate your way through this system of caves (one of Central America's largest) and underground rivers carved into the limestone mountains in the north of Alta Verapaz. When you've made your way through, you'll return to your hotel in Cobán.

Day 4: Day trip to Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey, Alta Verapaz
Cool off with a refreshing swim in one of Semuc Champey's pools

After breakfast, you'll transfer from your hotel for a full day excursion to the department of Alta Verapaz' crown jewels: the breathtaking limestone bridge and stepped-turquoise pools of Semuc Champey. En route, you'll switch vehicles and climb into a 4X4 at the Q'eqchi' Maya town of Lanquín before making your way to Semuc Champey. Climb the 984-foot bridge for all-encompassing views of the Cahabón River and surrounding lush landscape and take a dip in one of the series of pools to reward yourself.

Day 5: Transfer to Huehuetenango

Huehuetenango, Western Highlands, Guatemala
Drive through the forested hills in the highlands of Huehuetenango

Set off bright and early to Huehuetenango in Guatemala's Western Highlands, periodically stopping to visit the pueblitos (small towns) along the way.

Day 6: Day trip to the Ixil region

Nebaj, Quiche.
Meet with local Ixil people of Santa Maria Nebaj

Today you will explore the department of Quiché's Ixil region and set out to visit the three neighboring towns of Santa Maria Nebaj, San Juan Cotzal, and San Gaspar Chajul. Here you will learn about the 30-year civil war that affected these communities as well as learn about their daily customs and rituals.

Day 7: Transfer to Panajachel

Lake Atitlán, Panajachel.
Marvel at the stunning views of the massive Lake Atitlán from Panajachel

Get an early start for your scenic drive south to Panajachel, the main town on Lake Atitlán.

Day 8: Boat tour of Lake Atitlán 

Santa Cruz la Laguna, Lake Atitlán
Visit Santa Cruz la Laguna on Lake Atitlán

Considered to be among the most beautiful lakes in the world, Atitlan's sparkling blue waters are surrounded by dramatic volcanoes giving the lake a uniquely magical atmosphere. Its shores are home to several indigenous Mayan villages, and you'll get to visit a few during your private boat tour, like San Juan La Laguna and Santiago Atitlán. Take time to explore the local markets, shops, and cooperatives, and learn about Mayan traditions. 

Day 9: Transfer to Antigua Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala
Discover Antigua's iconic Santa Catalina Arch

This morning you'll transfer from Lake Atitlán east to Antigua Guatemala, set in a valley beneath three volcanoes. Check into your hotel and set out to explore on your own before joining your guide on a walking tour.

As you stroll down charming cobblestone lanes, you'll see beautiful streetscapes of pastel facades against a mountain backdrop, some exquisitely preserved colonial buildings, and lush green parks and plazas. The haunting ruins of the many churches, like the bright yellow La Merced or the San Francisco Church, and La Recoleccion, a former convent, destroyed in a massive earthquake in the 1700s are part of what gives Antigua its unique character. 

Take in the stunning view of the Santa Catalina Arch before paying a visit to the buildings around the main square. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening tasting delicious street food, souvenir shopping in the crafts markets, and exploring the nightlife.

Day 10: Bike Antigua's local villages

La Recoleccion, Antigua, Guatemala
The ruins of La Recoleccion, a former convent

Begin the day with a bicycle ride to explore the nearby villages, ruins, and stunning scenery around Antigua. Enjoy panoramic views in between visits to a macadamia nut farm, coffee plantations, and a famous textiles and handicrafts market in San Antonio Aguas Calientes. Pedal back to Antigua and take the rest of the day at a slower pace, keeping mindful of your early morning flight tomorrow to Honduras.

Day 11: Fly to Roatán

Honduras - Roatán - Oak Ridge
Explore Roatán's Oak Ridge

The first part of the early hours of the morning sees you transferring to the Guatemala City airport for your flight to San Pedro Sula in Honduras. Here you'll catch your second flight to the Caribbean island, Roatán where you'll check into your hotel by breakfast and spend the day as you choose. 

Day 12: Snorkel tour 

Roatán, Honduras
Relax on the white sand beaches of Roatán

Spend the morning at your leisure and take the opportunity to explore the vibrant marine life on a snorkeling tour.

Day 13: Return to Guatemala City

National Palace of Culture, Guatemala City
Guatemala City's National Palace of Culture

Today is dedicated to traveling to your hotel in Guatemala City. You'll transfer to the Roatán airport for your quick flight to San Pedro Sula and then your second flight to Guatemala City. Upon arrival, a driver will meet you at the airport to bring you to your hotel. If you aren't too tired, you can take the opportunity to hit the town and explore the capital city.

Day 14: Depart

Guatemala - Guatemala City - Place of Concordia
Concordia Plaza

It's time to say adiós to Guatemala. At your convenience, you will meet your driver at your hotel to transfer to the airport for your international flight.

Map

Map of Best of Guatemala & Roatán - 14 Days
Map of Best of Guatemala & Roatán - 14 Days