41 days in Guatemala Itinerary

41 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Mundo Maya International Airport, Drive to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Flores
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Lanquin
— 3 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
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 2 nights
Taxi to Panajachel, Shuttle to Antigua
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Antigua
— 18 nights
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Tikal National Park

— 3 nights
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Spend the 20th (Sat) soaking in the spiritual atmosphere of Tikal.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Tikal National Park online attractions planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tikal National Park is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Tikal National Park due to the time zone difference. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Flores.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.
Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun, examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, head outdoors with Actún Can, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Flores journey maker site.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Flores in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Flores can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lanquin

— 3 nights
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Lanquin is known for nature and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias, and head outdoors with Aventura Grande.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lanquin holiday maker site.

Getting from Flores to Lanquin by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Flores, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lanquin, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Pascual Abaj, see the interesting displays at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichicastenango road trip planner.

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. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Lanquin in March; daily highs in Chichicastenango reach 26°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quetzaltenango: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil), Retalhuleu (Xocomil & Xetulul Theme Park) and Panajachel (Church of St Francis, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, see the interesting displays at Museo Ixkik' del Traje Maya, and don't miss a visit to Central Plaza.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango road trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Quetzaltenango can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Pedro La Laguna: Indian Nose (in San Juan la Laguna), Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna) and Santiago Atitlan (Colonial Church & Cojolya Museum and Store). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, get a dose of the wild on Geo Travel Guatemala, view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox, and take an in-depth tour of Tzunun' Ya'.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Pedro La Laguna trip planner.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to San Pedro La Laguna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Quetzaltenango in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro La Laguna: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Cruz La Laguna

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stop by Manos Crucenas Artisan Store, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago de Atitlan, and then take in the architecture and design of Santa Cruz Spanish School. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with Ati Divers, identify plant and animal life at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve, and then trek along El Pico de Cielo.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz La Laguna trip tool.

Traveling by ferry from San Pedro La Laguna to Santa Cruz La Laguna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz La Laguna can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Antigua

— 18 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 (Oakland Mall, Museo Popol Vuh, &more), Iximche (in Panajachel) and Fuego Volcano (in Alotenango). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Antigua online trip 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. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Cruz La Laguna in March since evenings lows in Antigua dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · 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.