35 days in Guatemala Itinerary

35 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to San Pedro La Laguna
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Drive
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Lanquin
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Flores
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Shuttle to Rio Dulce, Ferry to Livingston
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Livingston
— 2 nights
Ferry to Rio Dulce, Shuttle to Antigua
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Antigua
— 13 nights
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San Pedro La Laguna

— 3 nights
Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Pedro La Laguna: Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna), Santiago Atitlan (Cojolya Museum and Store & Colonial Church) and Indian Nose (in San Juan la Laguna). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox, stop by Atitlan Women Weavers, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Erin's All Natural Facials and Massage.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro La Laguna trip website.

Cairo, Egypt to San Pedro La Laguna is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to San Pedro La Laguna is minus 8 hours. When traveling from Cairo in January, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Pedro La Laguna: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Cruz La Laguna

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): look for gifts at Manos Crucenas Artisan Store, explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, and then take in the architecture and design of Santa Cruz Spanish School. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at Los Elementos Day Spa, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve, and then discover the deep blue sea with Ati Divers.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz La Laguna trip itinerary site.

You can ride a ferry from San Pedro La Laguna to Santa Cruz La Laguna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Santa Cruz La Laguna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Quetzaltenango

— 5 nights
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 Panajachel (Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more) and Retalhuleu (Xocomil & Xetulul Theme Park). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, look for gifts at Yabal Handicrafts, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral del Espiritu Santo.

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Traveling by car from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Quetzaltenango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Cruz La Laguna in January: highs in Quetzaltenango hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichicastenango

— 1 night

Chichi

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Lemoa, then examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, then stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chichicastenango trip maker tool.

You can take a shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Chichicastenango, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Lanquin

— 2 nights
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 31st (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias, then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then get outside with Aventura Grande.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lanquin travel route planner.

Getting from Chichicastenango to Lanquin by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Chichicastenango in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Lanquin: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Flores

— 4 nights
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, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, get to know the resident critters at Petencito Zoo, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, and head outdoors with Actún Can.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Flores trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Lanquin to Flores takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lanquin, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Flores, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tikal National Park

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 6th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Flores to Tikal National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Livingston

— 2 nights
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Seven Altars and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

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

Do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Tikal National Park to Livingston in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Livingston are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Antigua.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Antigua

— 13 nights
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 Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (Avenida La Reforma, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Antigua day trip app.

Do a combination of ferry and shuttle from Livingston to Antigua in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Livingston in February, with highs in Antigua at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.