35 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly
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Antigua
— 14 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
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Drive
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Lanquin
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Flores
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to Manchester

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Antigua — 14 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Iximche (in Panajachel) and Guatemala City (Museo del Ferrocarril, National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, &more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, and delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Antigua day trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Antigua is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Manchester to Antigua. Traveling from Manchester in January, you will find days in Antigua are much hotter (27°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Cruz La Laguna.
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Santa Cruz La Laguna — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for gifts at Manos Crucenas Artisan Store, then explore the activities along Lago de Atitlan, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Los Elementos Day Spa. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Santa Cruz Spanish School and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz La Laguna trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and taxi from Antigua to Santa Cruz La Laguna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Antigua in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Cruz La Laguna, with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to San Pedro La Laguna.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Indian Nose, view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Peter, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, stop by Atitlan Women Weavers, and then surround yourself with nature on Geo Travel Guatemala.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro La Laguna online attractions planner.

Ride a ferry from Santa Cruz La Laguna to San Pedro La Laguna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Quetzaltenango.
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Quetzaltenango — 6 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 Retalhuleu (Xocomil & Xetulul Theme Park), Panajachel (Church of St Francis, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more) and Solola Market (in Solola). Make the 26th (Thu) a memorable day with a climbing tour. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, and stop by Chocolate Dona Pancha.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Pedro La Laguna to Quetzaltenango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Quetzaltenango: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Pascual Abaj, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church, and finally examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales.

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Traveling by shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Chichicastenango sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.
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Lanquin — 2 nights

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves. On the next day, get outside with Aventura Grande, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lanquin trip 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. Traveling from Chichicastenango in January, you will find days in Lanquin are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are warmer (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Flores.
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Flores — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Flores: Cerro Biotope Cahui (in El Remate) and Dos Pilas (in Peten). Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring ancient history at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun, take in panoramic vistas at Mirador de Canek, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Petencito Zoo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores.

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Traveling by shuttle from Lanquin to Flores takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lanquin in January; daily highs in Flores reach 28°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Tikal National Park.
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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 4th (Sat): make a trip to Tikal.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Tikal National Park road trip website.

You can drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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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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