24 days in Guatemala Itinerary

24 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Antigua
— 8 nights
Shuttle to Panajachel, Ferry to San Pedro La Laguna
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Shuttle
4
Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Drive
5
Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to Tel Aviv

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Antigua

— 8 nights
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 Iximche (in Panajachel) and Guatemala City (Iglesia de San Francisco, Catedral Metropolitana, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Antigua sightseeing planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Antigua is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Antigua. Traveling from Tel Aviv in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Antigua, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna

— 4 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santiago Atitlan (Cojolya Museum and Store & Colonial Church), Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna) and Indian Nose (in San Juan la Laguna). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Lago de Atitlan, relax and rejuvenate at Erin's All Natural Facials and Massage, and stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro La Laguna day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Antigua to San Pedro La Laguna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in San Pedro La Laguna. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Quetzaltenango

— 5 nights
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: Reserva Natural Atitlán (in Panajachel), Retalhuleu (Xocomil & Xetulul Theme Park) and Solola Market (in Solola). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, don't miss a visit to Central Plaza, pause for some photo ops at Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral del Espiritu Santo.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango itinerary planning site.

You can drive from San Pedro La Laguna to Quetzaltenango in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in May, plan for slightly colder days in Quetzaltenango, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Chichicastenango

— 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Thu), stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chichicastenango road trip planning website.

Traveling by shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Chichicastenango can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites

Lanquin

— 2 nights
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 20th (Fri): head outdoors with Aventura Grande, then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lanquin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chichicastenango to Lanquin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In May, Lanquin is warmer than Chichicastenango - with highs of 42°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Tikal National Park

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tikal National Park trip simple and quick.

Drive from Lanquin to Tikal National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.