19 days in Guatemala Itinerary

19 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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19 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Livingston
— 1 day
ferry + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
2
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Flores
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h 15​min
4
Lanquin
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Quetzaltenango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 15​min
7
Antigua
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + Drive + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Rome

1
day
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the activities along Seven Altars and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Livingston trip itinerary planner .

Rome, Italy to Livingston is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

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 12th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Tikal. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park trip planner.

Getting from Livingston to Tikal National Park by combination of ferry and shuttle takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for Flores.

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Tikal ©
Tikal

3
nights
Flores

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Get some historical perspective at Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Catedral de Flores. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park and Piedras Negras. When in Flores, make a side trip to see Dos Pilas in Peten, approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, explore the ancient world of Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal, and identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Flores trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Flores in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Flores sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Peten, Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park
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Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Piedras Negras ©
Piedras Negras
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

1
day
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 17th (Sat), Head underground at Lanquin Caves, then get outside with Aventura Grande, and then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

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You can take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Lanquin are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Quetzaltenango.

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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

2
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.
Do your shopping at Ketzali Accessories and Solola Market. Get some cultural insight at Lxkik Maya Museum and La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora). Venture out of the city with trips to Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Getting from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, Quetzaltenango is much colder than Lanquin - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to San Pedro La Laguna.

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Side Trips

Xetulul Theme Park, Fuentes Georginas, Solola Market
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Solola Market ©
Solola Market

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.
On the 21st (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Tzunun' Ya', soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox, then look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St Peter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, and then get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna travel planning tool .

Drive from Quetzaltenango to San Pedro La Laguna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Quetzaltenango in August: highs in San Pedro La Laguna hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, Colonial Church, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church
Galeria Imox ©
Galeria Imox

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.
Popular historic sites such as Arco de Santa Catalina and Palacio Nacional are in your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Paseo Cayala and Zona Viva. Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Plaza Fontabella, & more). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Francisco, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Antigua day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from San Pedro La Laguna to Antigua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in August since evenings lows in Antigua dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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