21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Oslo, Norway
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  21​h 15​min
1
Antigua
— 6 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Shuttle:  1​h 30​min
4
Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Lanquin
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  5​h
6
Flores
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Oslo, Norway

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Mundo Petapa Irtra, Palacio Nacional, & more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Antigua trip maker website .

Oslo, Norway to Antigua is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Oslo in August; daily highs in Antigua reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

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.
On the 18th (Sun), get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro and then contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Indian Nose, get outside with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, and then look for gifts at Asociacion de Mujeres en Colores Botanico.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to San Pedro La Laguna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in August, plan for little chillier nights in San Pedro La Laguna, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Asociacion de Mujeres en Colores Botanico, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose

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.
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: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, examine the collection at Lxkik Maya Museum, admire the striking features of Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, and look for gifts at Yabal Handicrafts.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Quetzaltenango travel planner.

Getting from San Pedro La Laguna to Quetzaltenango by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Quetzaltenango: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichicastenango online trip builder .

You can take a shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj

2
nights
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 25th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin, admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Aventura Grande and then Head underground at Lanquin Caves.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lanquin driving holiday planner.

Drive from Chichicastenango to Lanquin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Chichicastenango in August, expect Lanquin to be much hotter, temps between 40°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks 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

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 27th (Tue): head outdoors with Actún Can, then make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, and then examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Flores route planner.

Getting from Lanquin to Flores by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lanquin in August: highs in Flores hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Actún Can ©
Actún Can
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun

2
nights
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 29th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Flores to Tikal National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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