21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Antigua
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Antigua
— 6 nights
Shuttle to Panajachel, Ferry to San Pedro La Laguna
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive
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Chisec
— 2 nights
Drive
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Peten
— 2 nights
Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to William R Fairchild International Airport

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Antigua

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Museo Popol Vuh, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua road trip tool.

Port Angeles, USA to Antigua is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Port Angeles to Antigua. In May, Antigua is somewhat warmer than Port Angeles - with highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

San Pedro La Laguna

— 2 nights
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), examine the collection at Tzunun' Ya', then explore the activities along Lago de Atitlan, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco, then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Peter, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Erin's All Natural Facials and Massage.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro La Laguna route tool.

Do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Antigua to San Pedro La Laguna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 56°F in San Pedro La Laguna. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Quetzaltenango

— 4 nights
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: Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu), Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Panajachel (Church of St Francis, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora).

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Pedro La Laguna to Quetzaltenango in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Quetzaltenango: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lanquin

— 1 night
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 8th (Tue): Head underground at Grutas Las Marias, then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then get outside with Aventura Grande.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lanquin itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Quetzaltenango in June: high temperatures in Lanquin hover around 93°F and lows are around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chisec.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Chisec

— 2 nights
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Sepalau and then get outside with Candelaria Caves. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chisec tour planning site.

You can drive from Lanquin to Chisec in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Peten.

Things to do in Chisec

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Peten

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Isla Principal Topoxte. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Dos Pilas and then get outside with Mirador del Rey Canek.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Peten online attractions planner.

You can drive from Chisec to Peten in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.