35 days in Guatemala Itinerary

35 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to San Pedro La Laguna
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Drive
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Lanquin
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Flores
— 4 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

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santiago Atitlan (Cojolya Museum and Store & Colonial Church), Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna) and Indian Nose (in San Juan la Laguna). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Peter, explore the galleries of Galeria Imox, and stop by Atitlan Women Weavers.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna online tour planner.

Cairo, Egypt to San Pedro La Laguna is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Cairo to San Pedro La Laguna. Traveling from Cairo in January, expect nights in San Pedro La Laguna to be slightly colder, around 6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Cruz La Laguna

— 2 nights
On the 22nd (Fri), stop by Manos Crucenas Artisan Store, contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan, and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Santa Cruz Spanish School. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at Los Elementos Day Spa, then identify plant and animal life at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve, and then see some colorful creatures with Ati Divers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz La Laguna road trip planning website.

You can ride a ferry from San Pedro La Laguna to Santa Cruz La Laguna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Explore Quetzaltenango's surroundings by going to Panajachel (Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more) and Retalhuleu (Xocomil & Xetulul Theme Park). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, stop by Yabal Handicrafts, and pause for some photo ops at Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango journey planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Quetzaltenango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Traveling from Santa Cruz La Laguna in January, expect nights in Quetzaltenango to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Lemoa, then examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, then stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church.

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Traveling by shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Chichicastenango are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Lanquin

— 2 nights
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): Head underground at Lanquin Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias, then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then get outside with Aventura Grande.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lanquin trip builder site.

You can drive from Chichicastenango to Lanquin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from Chichicastenango, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Lanquin, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Flores

— 4 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.
Flores is known for historic sites, wildlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun, make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, head outdoors with Actún Can, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Flores itinerary builder site.

You can take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lanquin in January: high temperatures in Flores hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · 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 5th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park route builder tool.

Getting from Flores to Tikal National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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 6th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Seven Altars and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Livingston road trip website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and ferry from Tikal National Park to Livingston takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Livingston are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Antigua.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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 (Avenida La Reforma, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Antigua itinerary maker site.

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 February, things will get a bit cooler in Antigua: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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.