29 days in Guatemala Itinerary

29 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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29 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City
Bus:  45​min
1
Antigua
— 7 nights
Bus + Taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Shuttle:  1​h 30​min
4
Chichicastenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Lanquin
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Chisec
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Shuttle + Foot + Ferry:  10​h 45​min
7
Livingston
— 1 day
Ferry + Shuttle:  8​h
8
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Peten
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Guatemala City

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Museo Popol Vuh, & more). Make the 9th (Sat) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, contemplate the long history of Church of San Francisco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua attractions planner .

Guatemala City to Antigua is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

2
nights
Santa Cruz La Laguna

Santa Cruz La Laguna ©
On the 12th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Museo Lacustre de Atitlan and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Hotel Atitlan Gardens and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Santa Cruz Spanish School.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz La Laguna trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Santa Cruz La Laguna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Antigua in June, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Cruz La Laguna, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Hotel Atitlan Gardens ©
Hotel Atitlan Gardens
Santa Cruz Spanish School ©
Santa Cruz Spanish School

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quetzaltenango: Retalhuleu (Xetulul Theme Park & Xocomil), Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and San Andres Xecul Church (in San Andres Xecul). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, look for gifts at Yabal Handicrafts, and don't miss a visit to Central Plaza.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Quetzaltenango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. When traveling from Santa Cruz La Laguna in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Quetzaltenango: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Retalhuleu, Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul, Fuentes Georginas
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

3
nights
Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango ©
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.
Take a break from Chichicastenango with a short trip to Q'umarkaj in Santa Cruz del Quiche, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church, examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chichicastenango trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Chichicastenango can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Cruz del Quiche
Highlights from your plan
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj
Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales ©
Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales

3
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
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: take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, get outside with Aventura Grande, and Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lanquin trip itinerary site .

Getting from Chichicastenango to Lanquin by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In June, Lanquin is much warmer than Chichicastenango - with highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C. You'll set off for Chisec on the 23rd (Sat).

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

3
nights
Chisec

Chisec ©
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Candelaria Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Las Cuevas de Bombil Pek, and explore the activities along Lagunas Sepalau.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chisec trip site .

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Chisec takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Chisec

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lagunas Sepalau ©
Lagunas Sepalau
Candelaria Caves ©
Candelaria Caves

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 27th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Altars and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Livingston tour website .

You can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and ferry from Chisec to Livingston in 11 hours. In June, daytime highs in Livingston are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

2
nights
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Take a break from Tikal National Park with a short trip to Cerro Biotope Cahui in El Remate, about 38 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring ancient history at Tikal.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tikal National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from Livingston to Tikal National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Peten.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cerro Biotope Cahui, El Mirador
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal
El Mirador ©
El Mirador
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui

2
nights
Peten

Peten ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Actún Can and then explore the ancient world of Yaxha National Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Peten online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Peten in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Peten

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Actún Can, Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park
Highlights from your plan
Actún Can ©
Actún Can
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park

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