18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14 h
1
Panajachel
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h
2
Antigua
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Izabal
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 45 min
4
Livingston
— 1 night
Ferry + Shuttle:  7 h 15 min
5
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18 h 30 min
End: New York City

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve and Tzantizotz Nature Reserve. Let the collections at Cojolya Museum and Store and La Galeria capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panajachel: Colonial Church (in Santiago Atitlan), Chichicastenango (Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, Chichi Cemetery, &more) and Xocolatl (in San Marcos La Laguna). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Indian Nose, examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catarina Palopo Church.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Panajachel trip itinerary builder tool.

New York City, USA to Panajachel is an approximately 14- hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in November, expect Panajachel to be somewhat warmer, temps between 74°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Panajachel

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chichicastenango, Quetzaltenango, Santiago Atitlan, Santa Catarina Palopo, San Juan la Laguna
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Cerro Tzankujil  Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church
Cojolya Museum and Store ©
Cojolya Museum and Store

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Convento Santa Clara and Museo de los Ninos de Guatemala. You'll explore and learn at Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena. Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (Museo Popol Vuh, Iglesia Yurrita, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at La Azotea, don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia Escuela de Cristo.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip site.

Traveling by bus from Panajachel to Antigua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In December in Antigua, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Izabal.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Guatemala City, La Azotea
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Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
La Recoleccion ©
La Recoleccion

1
night
Izabal

Izabal
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs.

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You can drive from Antigua to Izabal in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in December, with highs in Izabal at 88°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Livingston.

Things to do in Izabal

Nature Parks
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1
night
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 13th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Seven Altars and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

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Traveling by car from Izabal to Livingston takes 7 hours. When traveling from Izabal in December, plan for little chillier days in Livingston, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can 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

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Biotope Cahui.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park online trip itinerary planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Cerro Biotope Cahui
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Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui