30 days in Guatemala Itinerary

30 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala itinerary planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Flores
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lanquin
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Coban
— 2 nights
Shuttle
5
Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Drive
6
San Pedro La Laguna
— 3 nights
Ferry
7
Panajachel
— 6 nights
Shuttle to Antigua Guatemala, Taxi to San Miguel Duenas
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San Miguel Duenas
— 3 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Dubai

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, identify plant and animal life at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Biotope Cahui.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Flores trip planning website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Flores is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Dubai to Flores due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in May: high temperatures in Flores hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.
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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 8th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at Tikal Canopy Tour.

Plan a Tikal National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Flores to Tikal National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for Lanquin on the 10th (Tue).
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Lanquin — 3 nights

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Aventura Grande and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lanquin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Lanquin takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. May in Lanquin sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Coban.
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Coban — 2 nights

Located at the center of one of the country's primary coffee growing areas, the affluent city of Coban offerss a scattered few cultural attractions, a relaxed and welcoming vibe, and proximity to a wealth of natural highlights.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz and then identify plant and animal life at Biotopo del Quetzal.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Coban trip app.

Getting from Lanquin to Coban by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in May, expect Coban to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 19°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel to Quetzaltenango.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fuentes Georginas and La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora). Get outdoors at Cerro El Baul and Santa Maria Volcano. Take a break from Quetzaltenango with a short trip to Xocomil in Retalhuleu, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Central Plaza, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, and look for gifts at Ketzali Accessories.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango visit planner.

You can take a shuttle from Coban to Quetzaltenango in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Coban in May; daily highs in Quetzaltenango reach 26°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Pedro La Laguna.
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San Pedro La Laguna — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve and Casa Flor Ixcaco. Visiting Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo and Indian Nose will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Pedro La Laguna: Santiago Atitlan (Colonial Church, Cojolya Store, &more). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox, stop by Salud Para Vida The Health Food Store, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro.

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Getting from Quetzaltenango to San Pedro La Laguna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. While traveling from Quetzaltenango, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro La Laguna, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Panajachel.
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Panajachel — 6 nights

A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve and Solola Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panajachel: Chichicastenango (Chichi Cemetery & Santo Tomas Church). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Francis, admire the natural beauty at Hotel Atitlan Gardens, contemplate the geological forces at Lago de Atitlan, and delve into the distant past at Iximche.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Panajachel trip itinerary maker app.

You can ride a ferry from San Pedro La Laguna to Panajachel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Panajachel can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Miguel Duenas.
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San Miguel Duenas — 3 nights

A pleasant colonial town surrounded by grassy hills, San Miguel Duenas offers interesting cultural attractions, a relaxed, agricultural town vibe, and a wealth of natural highlights surrounding it.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Valhalla Experimental Station. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of La Recoleccion, take in nature's colorful creations at Caoba Farms, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and learn something new at Casa del Jade.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Miguel Duenas attractions planning website.

Do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Panajachel to San Miguel Duenas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will leave for home on the 1st (Wed).
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Guatemala travel guide

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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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