26 days in Guatemala Itinerary

26 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 2 nights
Taxi to Panajachel, Shuttle to Antigua
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Antigua
— 12 nights
Shuttle

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Tikal National Park

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): delve into the mystery of Tikal.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tikal National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Guatemala City to Tikal National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lanquin.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Lanquin

— 2 nights
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 1st (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias, take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then get outside with Aventura Grande.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lanquin trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Lanquin in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. February in Lanquin sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Chichicastenango

— 1 night

Chichi

Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Pascual Abaj, then examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, then stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church.

To find out how to plan a trip to Chichicastenango, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Chichicastenango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Lanquin in March, expect Chichicastenango to be colder, temps between 26°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Museums

Quetzaltenango

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Quetzaltenango side-trips: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil), Panajachel (Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more) and Retalhuleu (Xocomil & Xetulul Theme Park). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, stop by Chocolate Dona Pancha, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango online route planner.

You can take a shuttle from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Quetzaltenango, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 9th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Tzunun' Ya', then look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco, then get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St Peter. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then get a dose of the wild on Geo Travel Guatemala.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Pedro La Laguna trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to San Pedro La Laguna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Quetzaltenango, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro La Laguna, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Cruz La Laguna

— 2 nights
On the 11th (Thu), stop by Manos Crucenas Artisan Store, then contemplate the geological forces at Lago de Atitlan, and then deepen your understanding at Santa Cruz Spanish School. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): get outside with Ati Divers, identify plant and animal life at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve, and then trek along El Pico de Cielo.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz La Laguna trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from San Pedro La Laguna to Santa Cruz La Laguna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Antigua

— 12 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.
Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (Oakland Mall, Museo Popol Vuh, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, steep yourself in history at Casa Popenoe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Antigua driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and shuttle from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Antigua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz La Laguna in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Antigua, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

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.