21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly
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Antigua
— 6 nights
Fly
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Flores
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Drive
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Retalhuleu
— 1 night
Bus to San Bernardino, Taxi to San Pedro La Laguna
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Lucas Toliman
— 2 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Cape Town International Airport

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Antigua

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, La Aurora Zoo, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and head outdoors with Old Town Outfitters.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Antigua trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Antigua is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Antigua is minus 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cape Town in August, with highs in Antigua at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

2
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Flores

An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
On the 8th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, paddle through the water with Kayak Rental Lacandon, then don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, and finally delve into the distant past at Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): head outdoors with Actún Can, then look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, and then get to know the resident critters at Petencito Zoo.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Flores road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Antigua to Flores takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In August, Flores is somewhat warmer than Antigua - with highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

1
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Lanquin

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): head outdoors with Aventura Grande, then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lanquin online visit planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Flores to Lanquin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lanquin are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

4
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Quetzaltenango

Named for the Quetzal bird--one of Guatemala's national symbols--Quetzaltenango once included the territories controlled by K'iche' Mayans, a pre-Columbian tribe eventually supplanted by Spanish conquistadores.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quetzaltenango: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Panajachel (Reserva Natural Atitlán & Hotel Atitlan Gardens). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, make a trip to Central Plaza, and appreciate the history behind Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Lanquin in August: high temperatures in Quetzaltenango hover around 25°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

1
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Retalhuleu

The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at XULIK Parque Museo, then get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park, and then make a splash at Xocomil.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Retalhuleu trip planner.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Quetzaltenango in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Retalhuleu: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

3
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San Pedro La Laguna

Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Pedro La Laguna: Finca Xetuc (in Santiago Atitlan), Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna) and Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, surround yourself with nature on Geo Travel Guatemala, relax and rejuvenate at Erin's All Natural Facials and Massage, and stop by Atitlan Women Weavers.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Retalhuleu to San Pedro La Laguna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Retalhuleu in August: high temperatures in San Pedro La Laguna hover around 30°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Lucas Toliman.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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San Lucas Toliman

San Lucas Tolimán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 19th (Thu), contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Atitlan and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read San Lucas Toliman trip planner.

Getting from San Pedro La Laguna to San Lucas Toliman by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in San Lucas Toliman. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Lucas Toliman

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala travel guide

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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.