27 days in Guatemala Itinerary

27 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to San Pedro La Laguna
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lanquin
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Flores
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Shuttle to Rio Dulce, Ferry to Livingston
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Livingston
— 2 nights
Ferry to Rio Dulce, Shuttle to Antigua
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Antigua
— 13 nights
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San Pedro La Laguna

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Pedro La Laguna: Panajachel (Hotel Atitlan Gardens, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more), Indian Nose (in San Juan la Laguna) and Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, explore the galleries of Galeria Imox, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro La Laguna trip itinerary tool.

Barcelona, Spain to San Pedro La Laguna is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Barcelona to San Pedro La Laguna. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect nights in San Pedro La Laguna to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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 12th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias, take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then head outdoors with Aventura Grande.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Lanquin planner.

Traveling by car from San Pedro La Laguna to Lanquin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in December, you will find days in Lanquin are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Flores

— 3 nights
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Step out of Flores to go to El Remate and see Cerro Biotope Cahui, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun, get to know the resident critters at Petencito Zoo, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, and examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Flores sightseeing planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Lanquin to Flores takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lanquin in December: highs in Flores hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tikal National Park

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 17th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Flores to Tikal National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Livingston

— 2 nights
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Altars and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Livingston road trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Tikal National Park to Livingston in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Livingston can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Antigua.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Antigua

— 13 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (Ministerio Del Medio Ambiente & Recursos Naturales, La Aurora Zoo, &more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and contemplate the long history of Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Antigua trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from Livingston to Antigua takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Livingston in December, expect Antigua to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel 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.