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Guatemala Itinerary

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Guatemala Itinerary

How long does it take to travel from Guatemala City to Tikal/Peten? I did it 15 years ago as a kid on vacation with my family, but these days I'm not sure. I'm thinking of going to visit next year.

Here is the potenital list of stops:

Guatemala City - must because I have family there

Antigua - of course!

Lake Atitlan


Puerto Barrios (maybe)

Any thoughts?

Napa, California
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Hi Ruthbruin,

It's about

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Hi ruthbruin!

It's about an 10 hour trip by bus from the ciudad to tikal. I like to stop and stay the night in Rio Dulce town which is about six hours from Guatemala city just to break up the long ride. In the morning,

you can take a swim under the hot waterfall (seriously!) close to town before continuing on to Tikal. If you're on a budget, I recommend staying in Flores, rather than at Tikal itself. It's easy to catch a shuttle bus to Tikal from the tour company close to the bridge into town. For cheap rooms try my friends at the Mayab hotel to the left of the bridge on the west side of the island.

Lago de Atitlan is a beautiful, beautiful place. I recommend staying in Santiago de Atitlan.

Puerto Barrios is no place anybody should go to. Check out Livingston instead on the other side of the river.


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I prefer an overnight bus trip from Guate to Santa Elena, which should take around 8 hours. In February, I was on a second class overnight bus, kind of like an old US Greyhound, and I have not seen a HUGE amount of differences between it and luxury buses with Linea Dorada. There is nothing much to see in Puerto Barrios.

Returning in daytime via Coban with a nightover there would give you some seriously scenic views along the way, unlike the slash and burn agriculture the other way.

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