29 days in Guatemala Itinerary

29 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip planner

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Mundo Maya International Airport, Drive to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Peten
— 2 nights
Taxi to Flores, Shuttle to Lanquin
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Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Drive
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Retalhuleu
— 2 nights
Bus to San Bernardino, Taxi to San Pedro La Laguna
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 3 nights
Taxi to Panajachel, Shuttle to Antigua
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Antigua
— 10 nights
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Tikal National Park

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 13th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal. On your second day here, whizz through the canopy at Tikal Canopy Tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Tikal National Park is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Peten.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Peten

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): make a trip to Isla Principal Topoxte and then explore the ancient world of Yaxha National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Dos Pilas and then get outside with Mirador del Rey Canek.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Peten vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Peten takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Lanquin.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites · Outdoors

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 17th (Sat): get outside with Aventura Grande, explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lanquin trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Peten to Lanquin in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in October, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quetzaltenango: Panajachel (Hotel Atitlan Gardens, guateSUP, &more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and don't miss a visit to Central Plaza.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango holiday website.

Drive from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Lanquin in October; daily highs in Quetzaltenango reach 70°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Retalhuleu

— 2 nights
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Tak'alik Ab'aj and then examine the collection at XULIK Parque Museo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): let the kids burn off some steam at Dino Park, get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park, and then make a splash at Xocomil.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Retalhuleu online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in October, you will find days in Retalhuleu are a bit warmer (89°F), and nights are much hotter (72°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Pedro La Laguna side-trips: Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo (in Santa Catarina Palopo), Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango) and Ixmucane Holistic Healing (in Tzununa). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Peter, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, and get engrossed in the history at Tzunun' Ya'.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Pedro La Laguna itinerary planning app.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Retalhuleu to San Pedro La Laguna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Retalhuleu in October, things will get little chillier in San Pedro La Laguna: highs are around 76°F and lows about 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz La Laguna

— 3 nights
Explore Santa Cruz La Laguna's surroundings by going to Lake Atitlan Travel Guide (in Santa Catarina Palopo) and Chichi Cemetery (in Chichicastenango).

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz La Laguna trip planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from San Pedro La Laguna to Santa Cruz La Laguna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Spas

Side Trips

Antigua

— 10 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 Iximche (in Panajachel) and Guatemala City (Edificio de Correos Central, Catedral Metropolitana, &more). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Antigua road trip website.

Getting from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Antigua by combination of taxi and shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 61°F. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

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.