37 days in Guatemala Itinerary

37 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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37 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Shuttle:  1​h 30​min
2
Chichicastenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
San Pedro La Laguna
— 3 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Antigua
— 9 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 30​min
5
Tikal National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Flores
— 4 nights
Shuttle:  5​h
7
Lanquin
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Coban
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Sydney

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quetzaltenango: Tak'alik Ab'aj (in El Asintal), Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Retalhuleu (Xetulul Theme Park & Xocomil). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, appreciate the history behind Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and don't miss a visit to Central Plaza.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Quetzaltenango is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in January: highs in Quetzaltenango hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Retalhuleu, Tak'alik Ab'aj, Fuentes Georginas
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chichicastenango side-trips: Panajachel (Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya, Hotel Atitlan Gardens, & more), Solola Market (in Solola) and Santa Catarina Palopo (Santa Catarina Palopo Church & Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve, and examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichicastenango journey site .

Getting from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santiago Atitlan (Colonial Church & Cojolya Museum and Store), Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna) and Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, take in the awesome beauty at Indian Nose, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Peter, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro La Laguna trip planner .

Getting from Chichicastenango to San Pedro La Laguna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Chichicastenango in February, you will find days in San Pedro La Laguna are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, Santiago Atitlan, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose

9
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 out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Iximche (in Panajachel) and Guatemala City (Plaza Espana, La Aurora Zoo, & more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Antigua trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from San Pedro La Laguna to Antigua by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Antigua, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Tours

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Peten (Isla Principal Topoxte & Yaxha National Park). Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Tikal. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tikal National Park trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Flores.

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

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.
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, identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, head outdoors with Actún Can, and make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Flores day trip planner .

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Flores in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Flores are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park
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Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park

4
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Go for a jaunt from Lanquin to Chisec to see Lagunas Sepalau about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, head outdoors with Aventura Grande, and Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lanquin attractions planning website .

You can take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Flores in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Lanquin, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. You'll set off for Coban on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lagunas Sepalau
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

2
nights
Coban

Coban ©
Located at the center of one of the country's primary coffee growing areas, the affluent city of Coban offerss a scattered few cultural attractions, a relaxed and welcoming vibe, and proximity to a wealth of natural highlights.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Orquigonia and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grutas del Rey Marcos. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz and then look for all kinds of wild species at Biotopo del Quetzal.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Coban driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Lanquin to Coban by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in March, expect Coban to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Grutas del Rey Marcos ©
Grutas del Rey Marcos

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