37 days in Guatemala Itinerary

37 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly
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Antigua
— 13 nights
Shuttle to Panajachel, Ferry to San Pedro La Laguna
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Coban
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chisec
— 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
— 2 nights
Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to Paris

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Antigua

— 13 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 (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, La Aurora Zoo, &more). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Antigua tour planner.

Paris, France to Antigua is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Paris in November: highs in Antigua hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Pedro La Laguna: San Marcos La Laguna (Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve & Spas & Wellness), Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna) and Cojolya Museum and Store (in Santiago Atitlan). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lago de Atitlan, head outdoors with Geo Travel Guatemala, and get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and ferry from Antigua to San Pedro La Laguna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Pedro La Laguna when traveling from Antigua in December, with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Quetzaltenango

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quetzaltenango: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil), Solola Market (in Solola) and Reserva Natural Atitlán (in Panajachel). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Pedro La Laguna to Quetzaltenango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in December, you will find days in Quetzaltenango are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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 13th (Mon), explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chichicastenango trip maker app.

Traveling by shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Chichicastenango sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) 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.
On the 14th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Vivero Verapaz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Biotopo del Quetzal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): explore the activities along Grutas del Rey Marcos and then stroll through Orquigonia.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Coban trip maker tool.

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Coban, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chisec.

Things to do in Coban

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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 16th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha and then get outside with Candelaria Caves.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chisec trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Coban to Chisec takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chisec

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 18th (Sat): Head underground at Lanquin Caves. On your second day here, get outside with Aventura Grande, explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Lanquin tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chisec to Lanquin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Lanquin sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · 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: don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, get outside with Mirador del Rey Canek, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Flores journey planner.

Take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lanquin, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Flores, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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 24th (Fri): delve into the mystery of Tikal.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Tikal National Park trip website.

Getting from Flores to Tikal National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 25th (Sat), you'll 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.