29 days in Guatemala Itinerary

29 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala travel planner

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Fly
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Antigua
— 7 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
Shuttle
5
Coban
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Chisec
— 2 nights
Drive
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Peten
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to Zurich

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Antigua

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Relief Map, La Merced, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Antigua is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in November; daily highs in Antigua reach 27°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

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 San Marcos La Laguna (Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve & Spas & Wellness), Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna) and Santiago Atitlan (Cojolya Museum and Store & Colonial Church). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Lago de Atitlan, don't miss a visit to San Antonio Palopo, and get a dose of the wild on Geo Travel Guatemala.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro La Laguna trip builder.

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 November, San Pedro La Laguna is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Quetzaltenango side-trips: Reserva Natural Atitlán (in Panajachel), Solola Market (in Solola) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, make a trip to Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango trip maker tool.

You can drive from San Pedro La Laguna to Quetzaltenango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In November in Quetzaltenango, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chichicastenango trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Chichicastenango can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to Coban.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Biotopo del Quetzal. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Orquigonia and then explore the activities along Grutas del Rey Marcos.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Coban trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Chichicastenango to Coban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Chichicastenango in December, Coban is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): head outdoors with Aventura Grande, then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lanquin trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Coban to Lanquin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Coban in December, things will get a bit warmer in Lanquin: highs are around 36°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chisec.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Chisec

— 2 nights
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha and then get outside with Candelaria Caves.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chisec trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Chisec takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Peten.

Things to do in Chisec

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Peten

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Isla Principal Topoxte and then delve into the distant past at Yaxha National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Dos Pilas and then get outside with Mirador del Rey Canek.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Peten journey planner.

You can drive from Chisec to Peten in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites · 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 11th (Sat): make a trip to Tikal.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park holiday maker website.

Getting from Peten to Tikal National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 12th (Sun), you're off to 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.