31 days in Guatemala & Cancun Itinerary

31 days in Guatemala & Cancun Itinerary

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Panajachel, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Taxi
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San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Chisec, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lanquin, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Flores, Guatemala
— 8 nights
Fly
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Cancun, Mexico
— 1 night
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Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Zona Viva, then steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Relief Map and then get impressive views of Volcan de Fuego.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Guatemala City trip builder app.

If you are flying in from Guatemala, the closest major aiport is La Aurora Airport. November in Guatemala City sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:

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Antigua, Guatemala

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de La Merced and Arco de Santa Catalina. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Volcán Pacaya and ChocoMuseo. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo, and look for gifts at Ileana Sotela Accesorios.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Antigua trip tool.

Take a shuttle from Guatemala City to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:

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Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Chichi

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chichicastenango trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Antigua to Chichicastenango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Chichicastenango, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Panajachel.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

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Panajachel, Guatemala

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.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Francis. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano and then explore the ancient world of Iximche.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Panajachel driving holiday planner.

You can take a shuttle from Chichicastenango to Panajachel in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichicastenango in November, Panajachel is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in Panajachel

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:

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Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala

Escape the urban bustle at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve and El Pico de Cielo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz La Laguna attractions site.

You can drive from Panajachel to Santa Cruz La Laguna in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Traveling from Panajachel in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Cruz La Laguna, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Marcos La Laguna.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:

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San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala

San Marcos La Laguna is a village on the western shore of Lago Atitlán in the Sololá Department of Guatemala. On the 20th (Wed), stop by Xocolatl, identify plant and animal life at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Marcos La Laguna road trip tool.

Getting from Santa Cruz La Laguna to San Marcos La Laguna by taxi takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. In November, daytime highs in San Marcos La Laguna are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Marcos La Laguna

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:

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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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.
On the 21st (Thu), appreciate the history behind Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora).

Plan trip to Quetzaltenango with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from San Marcos La Laguna to Quetzaltenango in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chisec.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:

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Chisec, Guatemala

Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Candelaria Caves.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chisec tour planner.

Drive from Quetzaltenango to Chisec in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chisec

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

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Lanquin, Guatemala

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lanquin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chisec to Lanquin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Lanquin, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

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Flores, Guatemala

An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park and Catedral de Flores. Escape the urban bustle at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas and Ixpanpajul Nature Park. Change things up with a short trip to Cerro Biotope Cahui in El Remate (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Actún Can, delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, get to know the resident critters at Petencito Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Flores trip maker.

Getting from Lanquin to Flores by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lanquin in November, plan for little chillier days in Flores, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — Dec 3:

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Cancun, Mexico

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, then look for gifts at Tattooarte, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalupe Chapel and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cancun route maker website.

Explore your travel options from Flores to Cancun with the Route module. Traveling from Flores to Cancun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Cancun are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Shopping · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.