28 days in Guatemala Itinerary

28 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala journey 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Mundo Petapa Irtra, Relief Map, &more). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, get engrossed in the history at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Antigua day trip tool.

Toronto, Canada to Antigua is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Antigua due to the time zone difference. July in Antigua sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) 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

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stop by Manos Crucenas Artisan Store, then gain insight at Santa Cruz Spanish School, and then relax and rejuvenate at Los Elementos Day Spa. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with Ati Divers and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago de Atitlan.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Cruz La Laguna trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Antigua to Santa Cruz La Laguna in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Antigua in July, Santa Cruz La Laguna is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to San Pedro La Laguna.
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Pedro La Laguna: Santiago Atitlan (Cojolya Museum and Store & Colonial Church), Indian Nose (in San Juan la Laguna) and Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Imox, relax and rejuvenate at Erin's All Natural Facials and Massage, and get a dose of the wild on Geo Travel Guatemala.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro La Laguna online holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Cruz La Laguna to San Pedro La Laguna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, daily temperatures in San Pedro La Laguna can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Quetzaltenango.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
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.
Explore Quetzaltenango's surroundings by going to Reserva Natural Atitlán (in Panajachel), Solola Market (in Solola) and Retalhuleu (Xocomil & Xetulul Theme Park). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, admire the striking features of Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, and take in the dramatic natural features at Fuentes Georginas.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango visit planner.

You can drive from San Pedro La Laguna to Quetzaltenango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in July, expect nights in Quetzaltenango to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Chichicastenango.
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Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Wildlife
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.
On the 26th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Chichicastenango driving holiday planner.

You can take a shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Chichicastenango can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) 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 27th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): get outside with Aventura Grande, admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lanquin trip planner.

Getting from Chichicastenango to Lanquin by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Chichicastenango in July; daily highs in Lanquin reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a 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, make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, and delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Flores tour itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lanquin in July: highs in Flores hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

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 2nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tikal National Park travel planner.

Traveling by car from Flores to Tikal National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can 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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