18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: San Ignacio
Drive:  2​h
1
Flores
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  6​h 15​min
2
Livingston
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Shuttle + Bus:  11​h
3
Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Coban
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Quetzaltenango
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
San Pedro La Laguna
— 3 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2​h 15​min
7
Antigua
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h
8
Guatemala City
— 1 night
End: Guatemala City

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Flores trip planner.

San Ignacio, Belize to Flores is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In March, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Flores

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Mirador del Rey Canek
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores
Mirador del Rey Canek ©
Mirador del Rey Canek

2
nights
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
On the 13th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Blanca. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Seven Altars.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Livingston travel planner.

Getting from Flores to Livingston by combination of bus and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 15th (Sun), you're off to Lanquin.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Beaches Nature
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

2
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): Head underground at Lanquin Caves, then explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Aventura Grande.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lanquin travel route planner.

Do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and bus from Livingston to Lanquin in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Livingston, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lanquin, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 25°C. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Coban.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

1
night
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.
To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Coban trip maker site .

You can drive from Lanquin to Coban in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lanquin in March; daily highs in Coban reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa Botran, examine the collection at Lxkik Maya Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Andres Xecul, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora). On the next day, get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano and then get impressive views of Santiaguito Volcano.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Quetzaltenango travel route planning website .

Drive from Coban to Quetzaltenango in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Coban in March, Quetzaltenango is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Totonicapan Department
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Santiaguito Volcano ©
Santiaguito Volcano
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve and Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Colonial Church and Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna. Step out of San Pedro La Laguna to go to Santiago Atitlan and see Cojolya Museum and Store, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, stop by Lema Association, take an in-depth tour of Tzunun' Ya', and get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro La Laguna trip itinerary 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 a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro La Laguna, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, San Marcos La Laguna, Santiago Atitlan, Lake Atitlan, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo
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Cerro Tzankujil  Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church
Cojolya Museum and Store ©
Cojolya Museum and Store

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Convento Santa Clara and La Recoleccion. Get outdoors at Volcán Pacaya and Finca El Pilar. Step out of Antigua to go to Sumpango and see La Ruta del Yalu, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Antigua trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from San Pedro La Laguna to Antigua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Antigua, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

La Ruta del Yalu
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
La Recoleccion ©
La Recoleccion

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night
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get outside with Top Tee, get a taste of the local shopping with Zona Viva, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Yurrita, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Volcan de Fuego.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Guatemala City trip website .

Traveling by bus from Antigua to Guatemala City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Iglesia Yurrita ©
Iglesia Yurrita
Zona Viva ©
Zona Viva
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana

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