13 days in Guatemala Itinerary

13 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Start: New York City
+6
Train + Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  9 h 30 min
1
Antigua
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  7 h
2
Livingston
— 1 night
Ferry + Shuttle:  7 h 15 min
3
Tikal National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Peten
— 1 night
Shuttle:  7 h 15 min
5
Lanquin
— 1 day
Drive:  5 h
6
Huehuetenango
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  2 h 15 min
7
Panajachel
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14 h
End: New York City

3
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.
Let the collections at La Azotea and Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Convento Santa Clara and La Recoleccion. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Jose, examine the collection at Paseo De Los Museos, and make a trip to San Jose El Viejo.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Antigua day trip planning site.

New York City, USA to Antigua is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of subway, train, flight, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Antigua. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 74°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

La Azotea
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La Recoleccion ©
La Recoleccion
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Iglesia Escuela de Cristo ©
Iglesia Escuela de Cristo

1
night
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
On the 31st (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Blanca and then take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Altars.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Livingston trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Antigua to Livingston in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Antigua in January, expect Livingston to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

1
day
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tikal National Park online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and shuttle from Livingston to Tikal National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll set off for Peten on the 1st (Sat).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Peten

Peten ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): head outdoors with Actún Can, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, and then don't miss a visit to Isla Principal Topoxte.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Peten road trip planner.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Peten in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Lanquin.

Things to do in Peten

Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Flores
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Actún Can ©
Actún Can
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores
Isla Principal Topoxte ©
Isla Principal Topoxte

1
day
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 3rd (Mon), admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lanquin trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Peten to Lanquin by shuttle takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Lanquin can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Huehuetenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks
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Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey

2
nights
Huehuetenango

Huehuetenango
Huehuetenango is a city and a municipality in the highlands of western Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Ruinas de Zaculeu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Huehuetenango day trip website.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Huehuetenango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Lanquin in February, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Huehuetenango: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Panajachel.

Things to do in Huehuetenango

Historic Sites
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2
nights
Panajachel

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of St Francis and La Galeria. Museum-lovers will get to explore Galeria Imox and Museo Lacustre de Atitlan. Change things up with a short trip to Xocolatl in San Marcos La Laguna (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya, make a trip to Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo, and admire the striking features of Casa Cakchiquel.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Panajachel sightseeing planner.

You can take a shuttle from Huehuetenango to Panajachel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Huehuetenango in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Panajachel, with lows around 55°F. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panajachel

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo, Galeria Imox, Xocolatl
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La Galeria ©
La Galeria
Galeria Imox ©
Galeria Imox
Church of St Francis ©
Church of St Francis

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