42 days in Guatemala Itinerary

42 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Santiago Atitlan
— 2 nights
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Retalhuleu
— 3 nights
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Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
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Chichicastenango
— 3 nights
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Coban
— 4 nights
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Chisec
— 2 nights
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Lanquin
— 2 nights
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Flores
— 4 nights
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Antigua
— 15 nights

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Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Tzunun' Ya', take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and finally get impressive views of Lake Atitlan. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox, then get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, and then look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago Atitlan road trip planner.

Boston, USA to Santiago Atitlan is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Boston to Santiago Atitlan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in April, you will find days in Santiago Atitlan are much warmer (81°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (58°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

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Retalhuleu

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Step out of Retalhuleu with an excursion to Tak'alik Ab'aj in El Asintal--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, make a splash at Xocomil, enjoy some diversion at Dino Park, and examine the collection at XULIK Parque Museo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Retalhuleu trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Retalhuleu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santiago Atitlan in April; daily highs in Retalhuleu reach 94°F and lows reach 72°F. On the 1st (Sat), you're off to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:
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Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
XULIK Parque Museo ©
XULIK Parque Museo
Dino Park ©
Dino Park

5
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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: Panajachel (Hotel Atitlan Gardens & Reserva Natural Atitlán) and Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul (in San Andres Xecul). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 6th (Thu) at Xocomil. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, and make a trip to Central Plaza.

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

Getting from Retalhuleu to Quetzaltenango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Retalhuleu in May, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Quetzaltenango: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 6:
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Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

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Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango ©

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.
Explore Chichicastenango's surroundings by going to Q'umarkaj (in Santa Cruz del Quiche), Solola Market (in Solola) and Tzantizotz Nature Reserve (in Santa Cruz La Laguna). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church, contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichicastenango trip maker app.

You can take a shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Chichicastenango are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Coban.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Chichi Cemetery
Chichi Cemetery
Solola Market ©
Solola Market

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Coban

Coban ©

Imperial City

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.
Go for a jaunt from Coban to Chilasco to see El Salto de Chilasco about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Orquigonia, explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq', explore the striking landscape at Grottes de la Candelaria, and contemplate the waterfront views at Grutas del Rey Marcos.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Coban online trip builder.

Traveling by shuttle from Chichicastenango to Coban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Chichicastenango in May, expect Coban to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chisec.

Things to do in Coban

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 13:
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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq' ©
Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq'

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Chisec

Chisec ©
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha and then get outside with Candelaria Caves.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Chisec trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Coban to Chisec in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chisec

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
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Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha ©
Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha
Candelaria Caves ©
Candelaria Caves

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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 16th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): get outside with Aventura Grande, contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lanquin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chisec to Lanquin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Lanquin, expect temperatures between 97°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Flores: Cerro Biotope Cahui (in El Remate) and Peten (Piedras Negras & Isla Principal Topoxte). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, and get outside with Actún Can.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Flores attractions planner.

Take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lanquin in May: highs in Flores hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 21:
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing

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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 Iximche (in Panajachel) and Guatemala City (Plaza Mayor de la Constitucion, Catedral Metropolitana, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, and get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Antigua online visit planner.

You can fly from Flores to Antigua in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Flores in May, expect Antigua to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — Jun 5:
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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