32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City
Drive:  30​min
1
Santa Catarina Pinula
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Livingston
— 1 night
ferry + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
3
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Peten
— 2 nights
shuttle:  7​h 15​min
5
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
6
Retalhuleu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Quetzaltenango
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
San Marcos La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Santiago Atitlan
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h
10
Antigua
— 11 nights
bus:  1​h
End: Guatemala City

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Santa Catarina Pinula

Santa Catarina Pinula
Santa Catarina Pinula is a municipality in the Guatemala Department of Guatemala. On the 26th (Wed), browse the different shops at Mall Pradera Concepcion.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Catarina Pinula day trip planning app .

Guatemala City to Santa Catarina Pinula is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Santa Catarina Pinula

Shopping
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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 27th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Altars and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Livingston online journey planner .

Drive from Santa Catarina Pinula to Livingston in 10.5 hours. In June, Livingston is somewhat warmer than Santa Catarina Pinula - with highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

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Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Tikal. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park online vacation planner .

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 will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for Peten.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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Peten

Peten ©
On the 30th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Yaxha National Park and then make a trip to Isla Principal Topoxte. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Maya Biosphere Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Peten day trip site .

Getting from Tikal National Park to Peten by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lanquin.

Things to do in Peten

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
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Maya Biosphere Reserve ©
Maya Biosphere Reserve
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Isla Principal Topoxte ©
Isla Principal Topoxte

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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 2nd (Tue): Head underground at Lanquin Caves and then head outdoors with Aventura Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): Head underground at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin, then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lanquin trip itinerary planner .

You can take a shuttle from Peten to Lanquin in 7.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, daytime highs in Lanquin are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

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Retalhuleu

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Tak'alik Ab'aj, see the interesting displays at XULIK Parque Museo, and then cool off at Xocomil. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Dino Park and then find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park.

Before you visit Retalhuleu, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Lanquin to Retalhuleu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Santa Cruz Mulua, Tak'alik Ab'aj
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Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
XULIK Parque Museo ©
XULIK Parque Museo
Dino Park ©
Dino Park

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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 Totonicapan (San Andres Xecul & Iglesia San Andres Xecul) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). Make the 9th (Tue) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Cerro El Baul. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, don't miss a visit to Central Plaza, and see the interesting displays at Lxkik Maya Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Quetzaltenango, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Retalhuleu to Quetzaltenango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Retalhuleu in July, expect Quetzaltenango to be cooler, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Marcos La Laguna.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Totonicapan, Fuentes Georginas
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Santiaguito Volcano ©
Santiaguito Volcano

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San Marcos La Laguna

San Marcos La Laguna ©
San Marcos La Laguna is a village on the western shore of Lago Atitlán in the Sololá Department of Guatemala. On the 12th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Indian Nose, then stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Peter, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Imox.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Marcos La Laguna road trip planning tool .

Getting from Quetzaltenango to San Marcos La Laguna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in July, you will find days in San Marcos La Laguna are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in San Marcos La Laguna

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna
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Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose
Galeria Imox ©
Galeria Imox
Church of St Peter ©
Church of St Peter

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nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago Atitlan: San Lucas Toliman (The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute & Volcan Atitlan) and Volcan San Pedro (in San Pedro La Laguna). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and don't miss a visit to San Antonio Palopo.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santiago Atitlan trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Marcos La Laguna to Santiago Atitlan takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Marcos La Laguna in July, Santiago Atitlan is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lake Atitlan, San Lucas Toliman, Volcan San Pedro
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan

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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.
Shop till you drop at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales and El Fotografo. Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: El Barretal Coffee Farm (in Escuintla) and Iximche (in Panajachel). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at 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.

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

Getting from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. July in Antigua sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

El Barretal Coffee Farm, Iximche, Valhalla Experimental Station, La Azotea
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Caoba Farms ©
Caoba Farms

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