33 days in Guatemala Itinerary

33 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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33 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  19​h
1
Antigua
— 10 nights
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  7​h
2
Livingston
— 1 night
ferry + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
3
Tikal National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Flores
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h
5
Lanquin
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Chichicastenango
— 3 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
7
Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Vienna

10
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Iximche (in Panajachel) and Guatemala City (Mundo Petapa Irtra, Iglesia de San Francisco, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, and examine the collection at ChocoMuseo.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Antigua route planning app .

Vienna, Austria to Antigua is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Vienna in January: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 27°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Iximche
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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 3rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca and then admire the sheer force of Seven Altars.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Livingston trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Antigua to Livingston in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in February, with highs in Livingston at 33°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

3
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). Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Tikal. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and shuttle from Livingston to Tikal National Park in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll set off for Flores on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Peten
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Isla Principal Topoxte ©
Isla Principal Topoxte

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, zoos & aquariums, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Flores tour itinerary planning site .

Drive from Tikal National Park to Flores in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Flores can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas

3
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Step out of Lanquin to go to Coban and see Parque Nacional Las Victorias, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias, get outside with Aventura Grande, and explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lanquin day trip planner.

Getting from Flores to Lanquin by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Flores in February, expect nights in Lanquin to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Coban
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chichicastenango: Panajachel (Church of St Francis, Hotel Atitlan Gardens, & more), Solola Market (in Solola) and Santa Catarina Palopo (Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo & Santa Catarina Palopo Church). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, and stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chichicastenango trip planner .

Getting from Lanquin to Chichicastenango by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Lanquin in February, with highs in Chichicastenango at 25°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Panajachel, Santa Catarina Palopo, Solola Market
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Hotel Atitlan Gardens ©
Hotel Atitlan Gardens
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quetzaltenango: Retalhuleu (Xetulul Theme Park & Xocomil) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), don't miss a visit to Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal.

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Getting from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Quetzaltenango are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Retalhuleu, Fuentes Georginas
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, and then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Indian Nose, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to San Pedro La Laguna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Quetzaltenango, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro La Laguna, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, Santiago Atitlan, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose

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