32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
1
Livingston
— 1 night
ferry + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
2
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Peten
— 2 nights
shuttle:  7​h 15​min
4
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Chisec
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Chichicastenango
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
7
Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Santiago Atitlan
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h
9
Antigua
— 10 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Edmonton

1
night
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 28th (Tue): explore the activities along Rio Dulce. On the next day, explore the activities along Seven Altars and then stroll through Playa Blanca.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Livingston trip planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Livingston is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edmonton to Livingston due to the time zone difference. In January, Livingston is much hotter than Edmonton - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Rio Dulce ©
Rio Dulce
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.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Tikal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tikal National Park day trip website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from Livingston to Tikal National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Peten.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

2
nights
Peten

Peten ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Yaxha National Park. On your second day here, make a trip to Isla Principal Topoxte, explore the ancient world of Piedras Negras, and then explore the ancient world of Dos Pilas.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Peten trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Peten takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Lanquin.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Piedras Negras ©
Piedras Negras
Isla Principal Topoxte ©
Isla Principal Topoxte

1
night
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): Head underground at Lanquin Caves and then head outdoors with Aventura Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lanquin tour planning website .

Traveling by shuttle from Peten to Lanquin takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chisec.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks Outdoors
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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 5th (Wed) 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 find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chisec online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Lanquin to Chisec by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Chisec

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, then contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Tomas Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico Rossbach, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, and then admire all the interesting features of Laguna Lemoa.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Chichicastenango travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Chisec to Chichicastenango in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in February, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Laguna Lemoa
Highlights from your plan
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj
Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales ©
Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales

5
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: Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu), Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Tak'alik Ab'aj (in El Asintal). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Atitlan Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catarina Palopo Church, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango itinerary planner .

Getting from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Catarina Palopo Church, Fuentes Georginas, Tak'alik Ab'aj, Xetulul Theme Park, Hotel Atitlan Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

2
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro and then contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store and then get impressive views of Volcano Toliman.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santiago Atitlan visit planning site .

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Santiago Atitlan in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Quetzaltenango in February since evenings lows in Santiago Atitlan dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lake Atitlan, Volcano Toliman, Volcan San Pedro
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Volcano Toliman ©
Volcano Toliman

10
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, La Merced, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Antigua trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In February in Antigua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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