19 days in Guatemala Itinerary

19 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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19 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + Drive + shuttle:  18​h 15​min
1
Antigua
— 4 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
6
Guatemala City
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: London

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, La Aurora Zoo, & more). Make the 16th (Thu) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and contemplate the long history of Casa Popenoe.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Antigua travel route planning tool .

London, UK to Antigua is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, car, bus, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. When traveling from London in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Antigua, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

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 17th (Fri): get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, then contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church. On the next day, stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco, get outside with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, and then take in the awesome beauty at Indian Nose.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Antigua to San Pedro La Laguna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Antigua in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Pedro La Laguna, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Casa Flor Ixcaco, Colonial Church, Lake Atitlan
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
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: Retalhuleu (Xetulul Theme Park & Xocomil) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, make a trip to Central Plaza, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, and stop by Yabal Handicrafts.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from San Pedro La Laguna to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Quetzaltenango: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Retalhuleu, Fuentes Georginas
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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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): Head underground at Lanquin Caves. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, Head underground at Grutas Las Marias, and then head outdoors with Aventura Grande.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lanquin trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in August, things will get much hotter in Lanquin: highs are around 40°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Lanquin

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

1
night
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Tikal. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Tikal National Park trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Lanquin to Tikal National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun

3
nights
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Mercado Central, make a trip to Relief Map, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, then browse the different shops at Plaza Fontabella, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Oakland Mall. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Zona Viva, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Merced, then don't miss a visit to Avenida La Reforma, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor de la Constitucion.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Guatemala City trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Guatemala City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. August in Guatemala City sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Zona Viva ©
Zona Viva
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana

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