12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala itinerary builder

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  12 h
1
Antigua
— 4 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h 15 min
5
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h
End: Ottawa

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, Catedral Metropolitana, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, admire the natural beauty at Caoba Farms, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Antigua online travel planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Antigua is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ottawa to Antigua due to the time zone difference. In February, Antigua is much hotter than Ottawa - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, and then get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, then look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco, then head outdoors with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Indian Nose.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro La Laguna trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to San Pedro La Laguna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in San Pedro La Laguna when traveling from Antigua in February, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Colonial Church
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Casa Flor Ixcaco ©
Casa Flor Ixcaco

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, see the interesting displays at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chichicastenango driving holiday planner .

Getting from San Pedro La Laguna to Chichicastenango by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in February: highs in Chichicastenango hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales ©
Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales

1
night
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 28th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, then get outside with Aventura Grande, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lanquin trip itinerary app .

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 February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lanquin, with highs around 38°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias
Aventura Grande ©
Aventura Grande

2
nights
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 29th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tikal. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Tikal National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Museums
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:

Similar Plans

14 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Belize & Guatemala BY A USER FROM BRAZIL March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM ITALY March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM CANADA February, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Mexico & Guatemala BY A USER FROM DENMARK July, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 20 days in Canada, Mexico & Central America BY A USER FROM FRANCE March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM CANADA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
See more plans