21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Chichicastenango
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Chichicastenango
— 1 day
Drive
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lanquin
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Flores
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to Guatemala City
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Antigua
— 5 nights
Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Brussels

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Chichicastenango

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.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chichicastenango trip itinerary maker website.

Brussels, Belgium to Chichicastenango is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Chichicastenango is minus 7 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in April: high temperatures in Chichicastenango hover around 28°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro and then contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Indian Nose, then get outside with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, and then stop by Asociacion de Mujeres en Colores Botanico.

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You can drive from Chichicastenango to San Pedro La Laguna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Chichicastenango in April, you will find days in San Pedro La Laguna are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, make a trip to Central Plaza, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, and see the interesting displays at Lxkik Maya Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango online trip planner.

Drive from San Pedro La Laguna to Quetzaltenango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in April, plan for little chillier days in Quetzaltenango, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Lanquin

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 12th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves and then get outside with Aventura Grande. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lanquin road trip planner.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Quetzaltenango in April: high temperatures in Lanquin hover around 43°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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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 out of town with these interesting Flores side-trips: Peten (Piedras Negras & Isla Principal Topoxte). Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun, see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Flores tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Lanquin to Flores by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in April, you will find days in Flores are a bit cooler (39°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Tikal National Park

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 18th (Thu), you're off to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

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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.
Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, La Aurora Zoo, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Antigua trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April in Antigua, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Guatemala travel guide

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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.