22 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Antigua
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Antigua
— 8 nights
Shuttle to Panajachel, Ferry to San Pedro La Laguna
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Drive
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Lanquin
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Flores
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to Brussels

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, Relief Map, &more). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, and explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Antigua trip itinerary planning site.

Brussels, Belgium to Antigua is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Antigua is minus 7 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in January; daily highs in Antigua reach 27°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro La Laguna.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trip

San Pedro La Laguna — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Indian Nose, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Peter, and then get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): look for gifts at Atitlan Women Weavers, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then contemplate the geological forces at Lago de Atitlan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our San Pedro La Laguna vacation planner.

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. Traveling from Antigua in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in San Pedro La Laguna. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Quetzaltenango.
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Side Trips

Quetzaltenango — 4 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: Retalhuleu (Xetulul Theme Park & Xocomil) and Panajachel (Church of St Francis, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more). Make the 8th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul, and look for gifts at Chocolate Dona Pancha.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango sightseeing planner.

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 February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Quetzaltenango: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Chichicastenango.
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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 10th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Pascual Abaj, then stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chichicastenango day trip planning site.

Traveling by shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lanquin.
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Lanquin — 1 night

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 11th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Aventura Grande, then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lanquin vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Chichicastenango to Lanquin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chichicastenango in February: highs in Lanquin hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Flores.
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Flores — 3 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.
When in Flores, make a side trip to see Cerro Biotope Cahui in El Remate, approximately El Remate away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, and head outdoors with Actún Can.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Flores road trip planner.

Getting from Lanquin to Flores by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lanquin, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Flores, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Tikal National Park.
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Side Trip

Tikal National Park — 1 night

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Flores to Tikal National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel 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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