31 days in Guatemala Itinerary

31 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  12 h 15 min
1
Antigua
— 14 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  7 h
2
Livingston
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Foot + Bus:  6 h 15 min
3
Flores
— 4 nights
Shuttle:  5 h
4
Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Chichicastenango
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
6
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
San Pedro La Laguna
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

14
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.
Get in touch with nature at Volcán Pacaya and Reserva Natural Atitlán. Visit Convento Santa Clara and La Recoleccion for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Panajachel (La Galeria, Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya, &more), Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Union Church of Guatemala, &more) and El Barretal Coffee Farm (in Escuintla). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at La Azotea, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and take in nature's colorful creations at Caoba Farms.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua journey planner.

San Francisco, USA to Antigua is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Antigua, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect Antigua to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Panajachel, Chateau DeFay, La Azotea, El Barretal Coffee Farm
Find places to stay May 1 — 15:
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Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Recoleccion ©
La Recoleccion

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 16th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Seven Altars and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Livingston trip builder site.

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. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in May; daily highs in Livingston reach 89°F and lows reach 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Livingston

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

4
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.
Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park and Parque arqueologico uaxactun are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Catedral de Flores and Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal for their historical value. Step out of Flores to go to El Remate and see Cerro Biotope Cahui, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas, get outside with Actún Can, and don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Flores trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Livingston to Flores in 6.5 hours. In May in Flores, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, Cerro Biotope Cahui
Find places to stay May 16 — 20:
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas

2
nights
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 21st (Thu): Head underground at Lanquin Caves and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin. On the next day, head outdoors with Aventura Grande, admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lanquin road trip website.

Traveling by shuttle from Flores to Lanquin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Flores in May: highs in Lanquin hover around 97°F, while lows dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): hunt for treasures at Solola Market, contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, and then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Lemoa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Chichicastenango using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Chichicastenango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, Chichicastenango is colder than Lanquin - with highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Laguna Lemoa, Solola Market
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Laguna Lemoa ©
Laguna Lemoa
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Santa Maria Volcano and Catedral del Espiritu Santo. Take a break from the city and head to Laguna Chicabal and Fuentes Georginas. Change things up with a short trip to Xocomil in Retalhuleu (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), get outside with Outdoor Activities, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Casa Botran.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by shuttle from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Xocomil, Fuentes Georginas
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Catedral del Espiritu Santo ©
Catedral del Espiritu Santo
Climbing Tours

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Colonial Church and Cojolya Museum and Store. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of St Peter and Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna. Get out of town with these interesting San Pedro La Laguna side-trips: Tzantizotz Nature Reserve (in Santa Cruz La Laguna), Indian Nose (in San Juan la Laguna) and Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, and look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro La Laguna trip planning tool.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to San Pedro La Laguna in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Quetzaltenango in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro La Laguna: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, Santiago Atitlan, Lake Atitlan, Tzantizotz Nature Reserve, Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
Find places to stay May 27 — 31:
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Cerro Tzankujil  Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose

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