60 days in Guatemala, Nicaragua & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Los Angeles, United States
— 45 nights
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 3 nights
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San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Ferry to Panajachel, Shuttle to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Granada, Nicaragua
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Los Angeles, United States — 45 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: San Diego (Mingei International Museum, USS Midway Museum, &more), Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat (in Ventura) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). Pack the 29th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planning app.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport, San Bernardino International Airport and Edwards Air Force Base. In September in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Guatemala City.
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Guatemala City, Guatemala — 3 nights

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Guatemala City is known for shopping, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at La Aurora Zoo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Merced, see the interesting displays at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plaza de la Constitucion.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Guatemala City visit planner.

Fly from Los Angeles to Guatemala City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Guatemala City, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Guatemala City are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Pedro La Laguna.
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Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala — 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago de Atitlan, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on Geo Travel Guatemala, look for gifts at Atitlan Women Weavers, and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read San Pedro La Laguna trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Guatemala City to San Pedro La Laguna in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Guatemala City in November, San Pedro La Laguna is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Antigua.
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Antigua, Guatemala — 3 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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from San Pedro La Laguna to Antigua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Antigua. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Leon.
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Leon, Nicaragua — 3 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.
Leon is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

For photos and more tourist information, go to the Leon online vacation planner.

You can fly from Antigua to Leon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Antigua in November, expect Leon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Granada.
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Granada, Nicaragua — 2 nights

La Gran Sultana

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stop by Masaya Crafts Market, then explore the activities along Apoyo, then don't miss a visit to Parque Xalteva, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Granada, examine the collection at Mi Museo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Granada trip planner.

Traveling by car from Leon to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus.
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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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Lake Atitlan travel guide

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Wildlife Areas · Bodies of Water · Ruins
Lake Atitlan, a large volcanic lake, provides the setting for a wealth of interesting Mayan towns and villages. Surrounded by imposing and scenic mountains, the lake forms part of a sprawling national park, rich in wildlife and cultural attractions. The main towns and villages range from touristy gateways to authentic realms of tradition and culture, with charming local markets, rustic architecture, and a laid-back feel. Many of the towns can only be reached by boat, with trips on the lake high on most visitors' Lake Atitlan itineraries.
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Nicaragua travel guide

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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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