21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Guatemala City
Shuttle
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Antigua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monterrico
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santiago Atitlan
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Lanquin
— 4 nights
Shuttle
6
Flores
— 1 night
Drive
7
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Shuttle
8
Izabal
— 1 night
Ferry
9
Livingston
— 1 night
Ferry to Rio Dulce, Bus to Guatemala City
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Guatemala City
— 1 night
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Guatemala City

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The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Guatemala City travel itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Guatemala City is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Guatemala City. In February, daily temperatures in Guatemala City can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll set off for Antigua on the 26th (Sun).
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Antigua — 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de La Merced and Arco de Santa Catalina. Get in touch with nature at Acatenango Volcano and Volcán Pacaya. When in Antigua, make a side trip to see Asoava in Chimaltenango Department, approximately Chimaltenango Department away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and stop by Jades Imperio Maya.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Antigua trip maker website.

Traveling by shuttle from Guatemala City to Antigua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Antigua are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monterrico.
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Monterrico — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): head outdoors with Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at ARCAS, then look for all kinds of wild species at Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii, and then get to know the resident critters at Tortugario Monte Rico.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Monterrico journey tool.

Getting from Antigua to Monterrico by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Antigua in March: high temperatures in Monterrico hover around 39°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santiago Atitlan.
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Santiago Atitlan — 3 nights

Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Get some cultural insight at Colonial Church and Galeria Imox. Get in touch with nature at Lago de Atitlan and Volcan San Pedro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago Atitlan: Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna), San Pedro La Laguna (Spas & Church of St Peter) and San Juan la Laguna (Indian Nose & Galeria de Arte Chiya). It doesn't end there: stop by Cojolya Store.

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You can drive from Monterrico to Santiago Atitlan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Monterrico in March: high temperatures in Santiago Atitlan hover around 30°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lanquin.
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Lanquin — 4 nights

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Visiting Monumento Natural Semuc Champey and Lanquin Caves will get you outdoors. When in Lanquin, make a side trip to see Lagunas Sepalau in Chisec, approximately Chisec away. It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias and get outside with Aventura Grande.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lanquin trip website.

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to Lanquin takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and bus. In March, Lanquin is somewhat warmer than Santiago Atitlan - with highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C. You'll set off for Flores on the 11th (Sat).
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Flores — 1 night

An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Biotope Cahui, and then delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Petencito Zoo.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Flores route builder app.

Take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lanquin in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Flores: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tikal National Park.
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Tikal National Park — 1 night

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Tikal National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel to Izabal.
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Izabal — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Izabal online route planner.

You can take a shuttle from Tikal National Park to Izabal in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 25°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Livingston.
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Livingston — 1 night

The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
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Getting from Izabal to Livingston by ferry takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Izabal in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Livingston: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 24°C at night. On the 16th (Thu), you're off to Guatemala City.
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Guatemala City — 1 night

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On the 17th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and then get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Guatemala City trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Livingston to Guatemala City takes 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Livingston in March: high temperatures in Guatemala City hover around 30°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Guatemala travel guide

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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.
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Rio Dulce travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Beaches · Castles
An attractive and culturally interesting region, Rio Dulce centers around the river of the same name, and the communities that have grown on its banks. The river supports a rich ecosystem, offering some of the region's most popular natural sights, with boat trips on the river chief among the most popular things to do in Rio Dulce. The Garifuna town at the point where the river flows out into the Caribbean represents Rio Dulce's main urban area, with a relaxed vibe, impressive cultural and historical sites, and popular local cuisine.
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