33 days in Guatemala Itinerary

33 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Flores
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Lanquin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chisec
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Drive
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Retalhuleu
— 3 nights
Bus to San Bernardino, Taxi to Santiago Atitlan
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Santiago Atitlan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Antigua
— 10 nights
Shuttle

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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 (Yaxha National Park & Isla Principal Topoxte).

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tikal National Park holiday maker tool.

Guatemala City to Tikal National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Flores on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:

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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, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, get outside with Actún Can, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, and identify plant and animal life at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas.

To see photos and tourist information, use the Flores trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tikal National Park to Flores in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

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Lanquin

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Lanquin is known for nature and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, head outdoors with Aventura Grande, and Head underground at Lanquin Caves.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lanquin trip planner.

Getting from Flores to Lanquin by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll set off for Chisec on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

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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 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Sepalau and then Head underground at Las Cuevas de Bombil Pek.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chisec trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Chisec takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chisec

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

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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 Quetzaltenango's surroundings by going to Totonicapan (Iglesia San Andres Xecul & San Andres Xecul), Chichi Cemetery (in Chichicastenango) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, and appreciate the history behind Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Quetzaltenango trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Chisec to Quetzaltenango by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In September in Quetzaltenango, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:

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Retalhuleu

The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Step out of Retalhuleu to go to El Asintal and see Tak'alik Ab'aj, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, make a splash at Xocomil, examine the collection at XULIK Parque Museo, and enjoy some diversion at Dino Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Retalhuleu trip planner.

Getting from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Quetzaltenango, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Retalhuleu, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 26°C. You will leave for Santiago Atitlan on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

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Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago Atitlan: Volcan San Pedro (in San Pedro La Laguna), Santa Catarina Palopo Church (in Santa Catarina Palopo) and San Juan la Laguna (Casa Flor Ixcaco & Indian Nose). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, and make a trip to San Antonio Palopo.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago Atitlan trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Retalhuleu to Santiago Atitlan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Retalhuleu in September: high temperatures in Santiago Atitlan hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

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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.
Guatemala Destination Tours has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango), Iximche (in Panajachel) and Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Antigua travel planner.

Drive from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Antigua are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 7:

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.