28 days in Guatemala Itinerary

28 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to San Pedro La Laguna
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Coban
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lanquin
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Flores
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Shuttle to Rio Dulce, Ferry to Livingston
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Livingston
— 2 nights
Ferry to Rio Dulce, Shuttle to Antigua
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Antigua
— 8 nights
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San Pedro La Laguna

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Pedro La Laguna: Santiago Atitlan (Cojolya Museum and Store & Colonial Church), Spas & Wellness (in San Marcos La Laguna) and Volcan Atitlan (in San Lucas Toliman). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lago de Atitlan, learn something new at TinteMaya, and get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna road trip planning site.

Dallas, USA to San Pedro La Laguna is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Dallas in December, you will find days in San Pedro La Laguna are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Nature · Parks · Spas · Classes

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.
Explore Quetzaltenango's surroundings by going to Solola Market (in Solola), Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Reserva Natural Atitlán (in Panajachel). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stop by Ketzali Accessories, and laugh and play at Xocomil.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Quetzaltenango trip itinerary planning app.

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 December, plan for slightly colder days in Quetzaltenango, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to Coban.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Coban

— 2 nights

Imperial City

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.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Grutas del Rey Marcos and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Orquigonia. On your second day here, stroll through Biotopo del Quetzal and then take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Coban driving holiday planner.

You can take a shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Coban in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in December, Coban is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Coban

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Lanquin

— 2 nights
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 12th (Sun), Head underground at Lanquin Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Aventura Grande, take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lanquin trip planner.

You can drive from Coban to Lanquin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Coban in December; daily highs in Lanquin reach 88°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Flores

— 4 nights
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, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, get to know the resident critters at Petencito Zoo, stroll through Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Flores trip maker website.

Traveling by shuttle from Lanquin to Flores takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in December, expect nights in Flores to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are little chillier, around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Tikal National Park

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Tikal National Park trip app.

You can drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Livingston

— 2 nights
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
On the 19th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Altars and then stroll through Playa Blanca.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Livingston attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and ferry from Tikal National Park to Livingston takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Livingston, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 68°F at night. You will leave for Antigua on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Livingston

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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 Guatemala City (Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, Catedral Metropolitana, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Antigua travel route planning site.

Getting from Livingston to Antigua by combination of ferry and shuttle takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Livingston in December; daily highs in Antigua reach 74°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side 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.