32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
1
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Flores
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h
3
Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Chisec
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Coban
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Antigua
— 8 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h
7
Santiago Atitlan
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h
8
Chichicastenango
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
9
Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Retalhuleu
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
End: Guatemala City

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 31st (Wed), examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tikal National Park day trip planning tool .

Guatemala City to Tikal National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Flores.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
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.
Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring ancient history at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, look for all kinds of wild species at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas, and explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Flores road trip website .

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Flores takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 5th (Mon): Head underground at Lanquin Caves. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Aventura Grande, take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lanquin route planner .

Take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chisec.

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

2
nights
Chisec

Chisec ©
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. On the 7th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Las Cuevas de Bombil Pek, explore the activities along Lagunas Sepalau, and then get outside with Candelaria Caves.

Make your Chisec itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Lanquin to Chisec in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Coban.

Things to do in Chisec

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

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.
Coban is known for wildlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Biotopo del Quetzal, admire the natural beauty at Vivero Verapaz, explore the striking landscape at Grottes de la Candelaria, and Head underground at Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq'.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Coban journey maker website .

Getting from Chisec to Coban by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Coban, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq' ©
Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq'

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, La Aurora Zoo, & more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Antigua itinerary app .

Traveling by bus from Coban to Antigua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. August in Antigua sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago Atitlan: Spas & Wellness (in San Marcos La Laguna), San Pedro La Laguna (Volcan San Pedro, Salud Para Vida The Health Food Store, & more) and San Lucas Toliman (Volcano Toliman & Volcan Atitlan). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, make a trip to San Antonio Palopo, and see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago Atitlan trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Santiago Atitlan can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, San Lucas Toliman, Lake Atitlan, Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan

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 23rd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Lemoa, see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico Rossbach, then identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, then stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Pascual Abaj, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, and then hunt for treasures at Solola Market.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chichicastenango online trip planner .

Getting from Santiago Atitlan to Chichicastenango by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, Chichicastenango is little chillier than Santiago Atitlan - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Laguna Lemoa, Solola Market
Highlights from your plan
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Solola Market ©
Solola Market
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hotel Atitlan Gardens (in Panajachel), Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and San Andres Xecul (in Totonicapan). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 28th (Wed) at Xocomil. Make the 29th (Thu) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, don't miss a visit to Central Plaza, pause for some serene contemplation at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), and stop by Ketzali Accessories.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango day trip planning tool .

You can take a shuttle from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Hotel Atitlan Gardens, Fuentes Georginas, San Andres Xecul
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas

2
nights
Retalhuleu

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): cool off at Xocomil, then find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, and then examine the collection at XULIK Parque Museo. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun at Dino Park and then explore the ancient world of Tak'alik Ab'aj.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Retalhuleu itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Quetzaltenango in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Retalhuleu, with highs around 38°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Santa Cruz Mulua, Tak'alik Ab'aj
Highlights from your plan
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Xocomil ©
Xocomil
Tak'alik Ab'aj ©
Tak'alik Ab'aj

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