33 days in Guatemala Itinerary

33 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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33 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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

3
nights
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Get out of town with these interesting Tikal National Park side-trips: Peten (Yaxha National Park & Isla Principal Topoxte). It doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tikal and examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tikal National Park trip builder site .

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. On the 8th (Sun), you're off toFlores.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Peten
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Isla Principal Topoxte ©
Isla Principal Topoxte

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.
Flores is known for historic sites, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, look for all kinds of wild species at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas, delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, and get outside with Actún Can.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Flores travel planner.

Getting from Tikal National Park to Flores by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Flores, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun

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: explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, Head underground at Lanquin Caves, get outside with Aventura Grande, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lanquin driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Flores to Lanquin by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lanquin can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel to Chisec.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Sepalau and then Head underground at Las Cuevas de Bombil Pek.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chisec day trip planning app .

You can drive from Lanquin to Chisec in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chisec

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lagunas Sepalau ©
Lagunas Sepalau

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: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil), Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul (in San Andres Xecul) and Totonicapan (Iglesia San Andres Xecul & San Andres Xecul). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, stop by Ketzali Accessories, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, and make a trip to Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango.

Plan trip to Quetzaltenango with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Chisec to Quetzaltenango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. September in Quetzaltenango sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Totonicapan, Chichi Cemetery, Fuentes Georginas, Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas

3
nights
Retalhuleu

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Change things up with a short trip to Tak'alik Ab'aj in El Asintal (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park, see the interesting displays at XULIK Parque Museo, make a splash at Xocomil, and let little ones run wild at Dino Park.

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Getting from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in September, expect nights in Retalhuleu to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. On the 24th (Tue), you're off toSantiago Atitlan.

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
Tak'alik Ab'aj ©
Tak'alik Ab'aj
Xocomil ©
Xocomil

3
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Venture out of the city with trips to Casa Flor Ixcaco (in San Juan la Laguna), San Pedro La Laguna (Volcan San Pedro & Indian Nose) and Santa Catarina Palopo Church (in Santa Catarina Palopo). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, make a trip to San Antonio Palopo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santiago Atitlan trip planner .

Drive from Retalhuleu to Santiago Atitlan in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Retalhuleu in September, things will get slightly colder in Santiago Atitlan: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Santa Catarina Palopo Church, Casa Flor Ixcaco, Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
San Antonio Palopo ©
San Antonio Palopo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Guatemala Destination Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Iximche (in Panajachel), Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango) and Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, & more). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Antigua trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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