13 days in Guatemala Itinerary

13 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America holiday planner

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Fly
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Antigua
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Rio Dulce, Ferry to Livingston
2
Livingston
— 1 night
Ferry to Rio Dulce, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
3
Tikal National Park
— 1 day
Drive
4
Peten
— 1 night
Taxi to Flores, Shuttle to Lanquin
5
Lanquin
— 1 day
Drive
6
Huehuetenango
— 2 nights
Shuttle
7
Panajachel
— 2 nights
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Antigua

— 3 nights
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.
Let the collections at La Azotea and Paseo De Los Museos capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Convento Santa Clara and Iglesia Escuela de Cristo. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at La Recoleccion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Jose, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and make a trip to San Jose El Viejo.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Antigua day trip planning site.

New York City, USA to Antigua is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Antigua. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 74°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Livingston

— 1 night
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
On the 31st (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Blanca and then take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Altars.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Livingston trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Antigua to Livingston in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Antigua in January, expect Livingston to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Tikal National Park

— 1 day
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Tikal National Park online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and shuttle from Livingston to Tikal National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll set off for Peten on the 1st (Sat).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Peten

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): head outdoors with Actún Can, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, and then don't miss a visit to Isla Principal Topoxte.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Peten road trip planner.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Peten in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Lanquin.

Things to do in Peten

Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lanquin

— 1 day
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 3rd (Mon), admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lanquin trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Peten to Lanquin by combination of taxi and shuttle takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Lanquin can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Huehuetenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks

Huehuetenango

— 2 nights
Huehuetenango is a city and a municipality in the highlands of western Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Ruinas de Zaculeu.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Huehuetenango day trip website.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Huehuetenango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Lanquin in February, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Huehuetenango: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Panajachel.

Things to do in Huehuetenango

Historic Sites

Panajachel

— 2 nights
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of St Francis and Casa Cakchiquel. Museum-lovers will get to explore Galeria Imox and Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Xocolatl in San Marcos La Laguna (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at La Galeria, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Panajachel, take an in-depth tour of Museo Lacustre de Atitlan, and don't miss a visit to Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Panajachel trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by shuttle from Huehuetenango to Panajachel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Huehuetenango in February since evenings lows in Panajachel dip to 55°F. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panajachel

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.

Lake Atitlan travel guide

4.4
Wildlife Areas · Bodies of Water · Ruins
Lake Atitlan, a large volcanic lake, provides the setting for a wealth of interesting Mayan towns and villages. Surrounded by imposing and scenic mountains, the lake forms part of a sprawling national park, rich in wildlife and cultural attractions. The main towns and villages range from touristy gateways to authentic realms of tradition and culture, with charming local markets, rustic architecture, and a laid-back feel. Many of the towns can only be reached by boat, with trips on the lake high on most visitors' Lake Atitlan itineraries.