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
— 8 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h
2
Flores
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
4
Izabal
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Coban
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Lanquin
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
End: Guatemala City

8
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Convento Santa Clara and Valhalla Experimental Station. Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Oakland Mall, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, 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 Arco de Santa Catalina.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Antigua online trip planner .

Guatemala City to Antigua is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Guatemala City, La Azotea, Valhalla Experimental Station
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Caoba Farms ©
Caoba Farms
Food Tours

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. Step out of Flores with an excursion to Cerro Biotope Cahui in El Remate--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Petencito Zoo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Flores trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Flores takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in June, expect Flores to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, Cerro Biotope Cahui
Highlights from your plan
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing

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.
On the 15th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Tikal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of El Mirador.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tikal National Park trip builder .

Traveling by car from Flores to Tikal National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Izabal.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

El Mirador
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal
El Mirador ©
El Mirador

2
nights
Izabal

Izabal ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua and Cascada de Agua Caliente.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Izabal trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Izabal takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Izabal can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Coban.

Things to do in Izabal

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua, Castillo de San Felipe de Lara
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Lara ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Lara

3
nights
Coban

Coban ©
Located at the center of one of the country's primary coffee growing areas, the affluent city of Coban offerss a scattered few cultural attractions, a relaxed and welcoming vibe, and proximity to a wealth of natural highlights.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Orquigonia and Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Las Victorias. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Biotopo del Quetzal and explore the striking landscape at Grutas del Rey Marcos.

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Drive from Izabal to Coban in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Izabal in June, expect Coban to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Grutas del Rey Marcos ©
Grutas del Rey Marcos

3
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grutas Las Marias and Lanquin Caves. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey and head outdoors with Aventura Grande.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lanquin road trip tool .

Traveling by shuttle from Coban to Lanquin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Coban in June: high temperatures in Lanquin hover around 39°C and lows are around 28°C. You'll set off for Quetzaltenango on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Lanquin

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

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Xetulul Theme Park and Xocomil. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quetzaltenango: Indian Nose (in San Pedro La Laguna), Casa Flor Ixcaco (in San Juan la Laguna) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, make a trip to Central Plaza, and stop by Chocolate Dona Pancha.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango sightseeing planner .

Getting from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In June, Quetzaltenango is colder than Lanquin - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Retalhuleu, Indian Nose, Casa Flor Ixcaco, Fuentes Georginas
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xocomil ©
Xocomil
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park

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