31 days in Guatemala Itinerary

31 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
2
Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
3
Chichicastenango
— 3 nights
4
Lanquin
— 3 nights
5
Flores
— 3 nights
6
Tikal National Park
— 4 nights
7
Antigua
— 9 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Pedro La Laguna: Cojolya Museum and Store (in Santiago Atitlan), Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna) and Indian Nose (in San Juan la Laguna). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Imox, and identify plant and animal life at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro La Laguna online day trip planner.

Seattle, USA to San Pedro La Laguna is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to San Pedro La Laguna. While traveling from Seattle, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in San Pedro La Laguna, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, Cojolya Museum and Store, Lake Atitlan, Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Cerro Tzankujil  Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve

5
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 San Andres Xecul (in Totonicapan), Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, stop by Ketzali Accessories, and admire the landmark architecture of Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango trip maker site.

Drive from San Pedro La Laguna to Quetzaltenango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

San Andres Xecul, Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul, Fuentes Georginas, Tak'alik Ab'aj, Xetulul Theme Park
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 4:
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chichicastenango: Solola Market (in Solola), Panajachel (Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Museum, Church of St Francis, &more) and Santa Catarina Palopo (Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo & Santa Catarina Palopo Church). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichicastenango visit planner.

Getting from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in December, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Panajachel, Santa Catarina Palopo, Solola Market
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church
Chichi Cemetery
Chichi Cemetery

3
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Take a break from Lanquin with a short trip to Parque Nacional Las Victorias in Coban, about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, get outside with Aventura Grande, and Head underground at Lanquin Caves.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lanquin tour builder.

You can drive from Chichicastenango to Lanquin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from Chichicastenango, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Lanquin, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Las Victorias
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

3
nights
Flores

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Flores is known for historic sites, wildlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, and head outdoors with Actún Can.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Flores day trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lanquin in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Flores: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
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Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park

4
nights
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Get out of town with these interesting Tikal National Park side-trips: Peten (Isla Principal Topoxte & Yaxha National Park).

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park online journey planner.

Drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 17th (Tue), you're off to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Peten
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:
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Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Isla Principal Topoxte ©
Isla Principal Topoxte

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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.
Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, &more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral de Santiago, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Antigua online trip maker.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Iximche
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 26:
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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