17 days in Guatemala Itinerary

17 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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17 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Drive:  14​h 15​min
1
Tikal National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Peten
— 2 nights
shuttle:  7​h 15​min
3
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Panajachel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Guatemala City
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Los Angeles

1
day
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the striking landscape of Tikal.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Los Angeles, USA to Tikal National Park is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles to Tikal National Park, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Peten.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

2
nights
Peten

Peten ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get outside with Actún Can, then explore the ancient world of Yaxha National Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Petencito Zoo, make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, and then examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Peten online road trip planner .

Getting from Tikal National Park to Peten by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lanquin.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Flores
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Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing
Museo del Islote Santa Barbara ©
Museo del Islote Santa Barbara

1
night
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 9th (Thu), Head underground at Lanquin Caves and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Aventura Grande, contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lanquin online tour planner .

You can take a shuttle from Peten to Lanquin in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 99°F in April, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature 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

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night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 11th (Sat), get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santiago Atitlan online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lanquin to Santiago Atitlan in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in April, expect Santiago Atitlan to be a bit cooler, temps between 81°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Panajachel.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church
Cojolya Museum and Store ©
Cojolya Museum and Store

3
nights
Panajachel

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panajachel: Chichicastenango (Chichi Cemetery, Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, & more) and Manos Crucenas Artisan Store (in Santa Cruz La Laguna). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Iximche, take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Atitlan Gardens, don't miss a visit to San Antonio Palopo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Catarina Palopo Church.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Panajachel tour site .

Drive from Santiago Atitlan to Panajachel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Panajachel can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Panajachel

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Chichicastenango, Santa Catarina Palopo, San Antonio Palopo, Manos Crucenas Artisan Store
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Iximche ©
Iximche
Hotel Atitlan Gardens ©
Hotel Atitlan Gardens

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Quetzaltenango: Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu), Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, look for gifts at Yabal Handicrafts, cool off at Xocomil, and admire the striking features of Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango journey planning website .

Traveling by car from Panajachel to Quetzaltenango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Panajachel in April, with highs in Quetzaltenango at 75°F and lows at 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Xetulul Theme Park, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Fuentes Georginas
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Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas

4
nights
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guatemala City: Antigua (Volcán Pacaya, ChocoMuseo, & more). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at La Aurora Zoo, don't miss a visit to Relief Map, contemplate the long history of Palacio Nacional, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Guatemala City trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Quetzaltenango to Guatemala City by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Quetzaltenango in April, with highs in Guatemala City at 81°F and lows at 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Antigua
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

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