18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  17​h
1
Antigua
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Panajachel
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
3
San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Calgary

5
nights
Antigua

Antigua ©
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.
You've now added Guatemalan Tour Guide Day Tours to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, examine the collection at Casa Santo Domingo, look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua online itinerary creator.

Calgary, Canada to Antigua is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Calgary to Antigua, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in January, things will get warmer in Antigua: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Panajachel.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

4
nights
Panajachel

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
Step out of Panajachel to go to Chichicastenango and see Santo Tomas Church, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, stop by Jenna's Galeria, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and admire the natural beauty at Hotel Atitlan Gardens.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Panajachel vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Antigua to Panajachel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Panajachel, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Panajachel

Parks Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Atitlan, Santo Tomas Church
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church

2
nights
San Pedro La Laguna

San Pedro La Laguna
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): look for gifts at Lema Association, stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco, and then get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro. On the next day, get outside with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Indian Nose.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read San Pedro La Laguna trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Panajachel to San Pedro La Laguna in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in San Pedro La Laguna are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo
Highlights from your plan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose

3
nights
Quetzaltenango

Quetzaltenango ©
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 Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, make a trip to Central Plaza, pause for some serene contemplation at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Pedro La Laguna to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Quetzaltenango can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Xetulul Theme Park, Fuentes Georginas
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

1
night
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
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 16th (Tue): get outside with Aventura Grande.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lanquin custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lanquin, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

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