28 days in Guatemala Itinerary

28 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala planner
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Fly
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Antigua
— 7 nights
Shuttle to Panajachel, Taxi to Santa Cruz La Laguna
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Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 2 nights
Ferry
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San Pedro La Laguna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Shuttle
5
Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Drive
6
Lanquin
— 2 nights
Shuttle
7
Flores
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to Toronto

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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 (Mundo Petapa Irtra, Relief Map, &more). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and examine the collection at ChocoMuseo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Antigua trip maker tool.

Toronto, Canada to Antigua is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Antigua. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Cruz La Laguna.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip

Santa Cruz La Laguna — 2 nights

On the 11th (Thu), look for gifts at Manos Crucenas Artisan Store, gain insight at Santa Cruz Spanish School, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Los Elementos Day Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with Ati Divers and then contemplate the geological forces at Lago de Atitlan.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz La Laguna trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Antigua to Santa Cruz La Laguna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Antigua in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Santa Cruz La Laguna, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to San Pedro La Laguna.
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Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
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 Indian Nose (in San Juan la Laguna), Santiago Atitlan (Cojolya Museum and Store & Colonial Church) and Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, head outdoors with Geo Travel Guatemala, view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Erin's All Natural Facials and Massage.

Before you visit San Pedro La Laguna, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by ferry from Santa Cruz La Laguna to San Pedro La Laguna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in San Pedro La Laguna, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Quetzaltenango.
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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: Solola Market (in Solola), Retalhuleu (Xocomil & Xetulul Theme Park) and Reserva Natural Atitlán (in Panajachel). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, make a trip to Central Plaza, contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, and take in the dramatic natural features at Fuentes Georginas.

Find out how to plan Quetzaltenango trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from San Pedro La Laguna to Quetzaltenango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in August: highs in Quetzaltenango hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Chichicastenango.
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Side Trips

Chichicastenango — 1 night

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 22nd (Mon): stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chichicastenango holiday planning tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.
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Historic Sites

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 23rd (Tue): Head underground at Lanquin Caves. On your second day here, head outdoors with Aventura Grande, then explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lanquin tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Chichicastenango to Lanquin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, Lanquin is warmer than Chichicastenango - with highs of 40°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Flores.
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Nature · Parks · 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: stroll through Ixpanpajul Nature Park, don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Petencito Zoo, and delve into the distant past at Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Flores sightseeing tool.

Take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in August, expect nights in Flores to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tikal National Park.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Tikal National Park — 2 nights

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tikal National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time 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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