Guatemala is a beautiful, tropical country, full of forests, rivers, volcanoes, lakes, and lovely beaches. It’s known for its many natural attractions, great biodiversity, delicious cuisine, coffee, diverse culture, charming colonial towns, outstanding Mayan ruins, stunning national parks, and turbulent history and politics.
Our four-day Guatemala honeymoon itinerary (things to see and things to do)
We arrived in Livingston on a boat from Belize sometime in the afternoon. We took a taxi to Siete Altares (Seven Altars), a series of waterfalls and pools, located by the shore of Bahía de Amatique (Amatique Bay). What an amazing sight! <3
Travel day. In Livingston, we took a boat ride through the jungle to Rio Dulce. The ride was pretty interesting on its own, besides, we got to see a lot of beautiful sights along the way. We had lunch in Rio Dulce and afterward we took a five-hour shuttle-bus ride to Semuc Champey. We had heard some stories about ‘road pirates’ attacking tourist shuttle-buses in Guatemala, which made us a bit nervous, but luckily, we arrived at our destination safely.
Semuc Champey is one of the most popular attractions in Guatemala – and for a good reason. It’s a 300 m long limestone bridge with crystal clear emerald water pools, hidden in a beautiful mountainous jungle. First, we took a hike through the jungle to the viewpoint, called El Mirador. El Mirador offers you a spectacular view of the pools and the jungle paradise surrounding them. <3 Afterward, we descended to the river. We walked the entire length of the limestone bridge and went swimming in the natural pools. After a day full of romance and adventure it was time to move to our next location, Cobán, and we drove there in style – the first part of the route in the back of a pickup truck and the second part in a funky ‘chicken bus’. 😀
Travel day. In Cobán we took a bus to Guatemala City and there we took a ‘fancier’, international long-distance bus to Nicaragua. 🙂
♥ Top romantic experience
You can go bird watching, take a dip in the hot springs, visit the Mayan ruins of Tikal, have a spa day, take a walk through Antigua and admire the colonial architecture, have a lakeside picnic, soak up their vibrant culture, take a food tasting tour, or spend the day at the beach. For us, relaxing in the beautiful pools of Semuc Champey was the most romantic experience.
♥ Top adventure
In our experience, in Guatemala, everything is adventurous – every bus ride, every boat ride, and every attraction. The best adventure destination was definitely Semuc Champey. There you can hike through the jungle, go river tubing, take a thrilling cave tour or simply relax in the turquoise pools.
In Guatemala, you can also take a volcano tour, go kayaking, rafting, sailing, standup paddle boarding, zip-lining through the jungle, caving, mountain biking, rock climbing or horseback riding.
Are you wondering about the daily budget, the best time to go, visa and immunization requirements, local customs, currency, electricity standards, safety tips and where to stay? Here you can find out all you need to know before visiting Guatemala.
Have you already been to Guatemala? We invite you to share your top romantic experience and top adventure in the comment section below. 😉
Next stop: green Nicaragua! 😉
4 thoughts on “Guatemala travel itinerary”
These are some amazing photos! I love all the greenery Guatemala has to offer. I am really interested in checking out the hot springs they have there because I haven’t really seen any up close. This sounds like a wonderful destination for me and my husband one day. I am going to have to add this to our bucket list.
You won’t regret it 😉
What a beautiful Trip
What a great idea to take this on your honeymoon. Adversity draws us together 🙂
Your description of the travel was interesting with anticipation of the arrival of the road pirates.
Truly you have added much flavor for a visit to Guatemala which now peaks my interest. I really like the idea of exploring the history while enjoying the views along the way.
Was the trip all you expected?
It really was. We played it safe and kept our expectations low, since we weren’t completely sure what to expect. Everything turned out great. We had a blast.