28 days in Guatemala & Nicaragua Itinerary

28 days in Guatemala & Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Santiago Atitlan
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Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Taxi to San Bernardino, Bus to Retalhuleu
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Retalhuleu, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lanquin, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Chisec, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
Fly
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
Drive
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
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Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala — 2 nights

Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago de Atitlan, and then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at Erin's All Natural Facials and Massage and then get a dose of the wild on Geo Travel Guatemala.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago Atitlan route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Santiago Atitlan is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Santiago Atitlan due to the time zone difference. July in Santiago Atitlan sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Retalhuleu.
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Retalhuleu, Guatemala — 1 night

The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): laugh and play at Xocomil and then find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Retalhuleu travel route app.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Retalhuleu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in July, expect Retalhuleu to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Quetzaltenango.
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Theme Parks
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala — 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Quetzaltenango side-trips: Solola Market (in Solola), Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Reserva Natural Atitlán (in Panajachel). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, don't miss a visit to Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, and contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Quetzaltenango attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Retalhuleu to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Retalhuleu in July: high temperatures in Quetzaltenango hover around 25°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lanquin.
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Lanquin, Guatemala — 1 night

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 15th (Fri), head outdoors with Aventura Grande, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lanquin trip planner.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Quetzaltenango in July: high temperatures in Lanquin hover around 39°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chisec.
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Chisec, Guatemala — 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 (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha and then Head underground at Candelaria Caves.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chisec online day trip planner.

You can drive from Lanquin to Chisec in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tikal National Park.
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 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 18th (Mon): take an unorthodox tour of Tikal.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Tikal National Park vacation maker tool.

Getting from Chisec to Tikal National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Antigua.
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Historic Sites
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Antigua, Guatemala — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, get engrossed in the history at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. July in Antigua sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Leon.
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Leon, Nicaragua — 5 nights

A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Step out of Leon with an excursion to Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve in Las Penitas--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, get impressive views of Telica Volcano, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), and see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Leon road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Antigua to Leon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Antigua in July, expect Leon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Granada.
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Side Trip

Granada, Nicaragua — 5 nights

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Explore Granada's surroundings by going to Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and explore the world behind art at Casa de Los Tres Mundos.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Leon to Granada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Wed).
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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.
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Nicaragua travel guide

4.3
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.
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