42 days in Guatemala Itinerary

42 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip itinerary 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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Peten
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chisec
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lanquin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 6 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
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 3 nights
Taxi to Panajachel, Shuttle to Antigua
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Antigua
— 15 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 2nd (Wed) soaking in the spiritual atmosphere of Tikal.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park visit planning website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tikal National Park is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Tikal National Park, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for Peten.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Peten

— 3 nights
Peten is known for historic sites, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Yaxha National Park, get outside with Mirador del Rey Canek, look for all kinds of wild species at Maya Biosphere Reserve, and don't miss a visit to Isla Principal Topoxte.

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Drive from Tikal National Park to Peten in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chisec.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Chisec

— 2 nights
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): Head underground at Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha and then get outside with Candelaria Caves.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Chisec planner.

Getting from Peten to Chisec by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chisec

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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, head outdoors with Aventura Grande, and Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lanquin travel planner.

Traveling by car from Chisec to Lanquin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Quetzaltenango

— 6 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: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Panajachel (Hotel Atitlan Gardens, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 17th (Thu) at Xocomil. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, and pause for some photo ops at Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango vacation builder app.

You can drive from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Lanquin in June, with highs in Quetzaltenango at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Retalhuleu

— 2 nights
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see the interesting displays at XULIK Parque Museo and then delve into the distant past at Tak'alik Ab'aj. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let little ones run wild at Dino Park, get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park, and then cool off at Xocomil.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Retalhuleu day trip planning app.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Quetzaltenango in June, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Retalhuleu: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games · Museums

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santiago Atitlan (Colonial Church & Cojolya Museum and Store) and Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, indulge in some personalized pampering at Erin's All Natural Facials and Massage, look for gifts at Atitlan Women Weavers, and get a dose of the wild on Geo Travel Guatemala.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro La Laguna online attractions planner.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Retalhuleu to San Pedro La Laguna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Retalhuleu in June, with highs in San Pedro La Laguna at 29°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz La Laguna

— 3 nights
Step out of Santa Cruz La Laguna with an excursion to Chichi Cemetery in Chichicastenango--about 1h 25 min away.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz La Laguna trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by ferry from San Pedro La Laguna to Santa Cruz La Laguna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Santa Cruz La Laguna, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Antigua

— 15 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Iglesia Santo domingo, Mundo Petapa Irtra, &more), Fuego Volcano (in Alotenango) and Iximche (in Panajachel). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Antigua trip itinerary app.

Do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Antigua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz La Laguna in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Antigua. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can 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.