31 days in Guatemala Itinerary

31 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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31 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Drive:  15​h 15​min
1
San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
3
Chichicastenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Lanquin
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h
5
Flores
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Tikal National Park
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Antigua
— 9 nights
shuttle + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Seattle

2
nights
San Pedro La Laguna

San Pedro La Laguna ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Pedro La Laguna side-trips: Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna), Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna) and Cojolya Museum and Store (in Santiago Atitlan). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan, explore the galleries of Galeria Imox, look for gifts at Aj Toooneel Ixoq, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Indian Nose.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna trip planner .

Seattle, USA to San Pedro La Laguna is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to San Pedro La Laguna is 2 hours. When traveling from Seattle in November, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in San Pedro La Laguna: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, Cojolya Museum and Store, Lake Atitlan, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Cerro Tzankujil  Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kaqchikel Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil), Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul (in San Andres Xecul) and Totonicapan (San Andres Xecul & Iglesia San Andres Xecul). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, pause for some serene contemplation at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), admire the striking features of Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, and contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango itinerary site .

You can drive from San Pedro La Laguna to Quetzaltenango in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In November, daytime highs in Quetzaltenango are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Totonicapan, Xetulul Theme Park, Fuentes Georginas, Tak'alik Ab'aj, Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 4:
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chichicastenango: Santa Catarina Palopo (Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo & Santa Catarina Palopo Church), Panajachel (Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Museum, Church of St Francis, & more) and Solola Market (in Solola). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church, examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Chichicastenango trip itinerary site .

Traveling by shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Chichicastenango are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Panajachel, Santa Catarina Palopo, Solola Market
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church
Hotel Atitlan Gardens ©
Hotel Atitlan Gardens

3
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Take a break from Lanquin with a short trip to Parque Nacional Las Victorias in Coban, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin, get outside with Aventura Grande, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Lanquin online travel planner .

You can drive from Chichicastenango to Lanquin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Chichicastenango in December, you will find days in Lanquin are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are much hotter (69°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Coban
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

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: delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, and head outdoors with Actún Can.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Flores trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by shuttle from Lanquin to Flores takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lanquin in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Flores: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
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Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing

4
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 (Isla Principal Topoxte & Yaxha National Park). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Tikal. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tikal National Park trip itinerary site .

Drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for Antigua on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Peten
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Isla Principal Topoxte ©
Isla Principal Topoxte

9
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 (Catedral Metropolitana, National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, & more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and examine the collection at ChocoMuseo.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Antigua journey maker site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In December in Antigua, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Iximche
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 26:
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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