31 days in Guatemala Itinerary

31 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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31 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Drive:  15​h 15​min
1
San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
3
Chichicastenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Lanquin
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h
5
Flores
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Tikal National Park
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Antigua
— 9 nights
shuttle + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Seattle

2
nights
San Pedro La Laguna

San Pedro La Laguna ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Pedro La Laguna side-trips: Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna), Cojolya Museum and Store (in Santiago Atitlan) and Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, look for gifts at Aj Toooneel Ixoq, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna road trip app .

Seattle, USA to San Pedro La Laguna is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Seattle to San Pedro La Laguna, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seattle in November, plan for much hotter days in San Pedro La Laguna, with highs around 74°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, Cojolya Museum and Store, Lake Atitlan
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Cerro Tzankujil  Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve

5
nights
Quetzaltenango

Quetzaltenango ©
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 Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul (in San Andres Xecul), Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Totonicapan (Iglesia San Andres Xecul & San Andres Xecul). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park, explore the ancient world of Tak'alik Ab'aj, appreciate the history behind Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, and contemplate the geological forces at Santiaguito Volcano.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Quetzaltenango road trip app .

Traveling by car from San Pedro La Laguna to Quetzaltenango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In November in Quetzaltenango, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Totonicapan, Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul, Xetulul Theme Park, Tak'alik Ab'aj, Fuentes Georginas
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 4:
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

3
nights
Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Catarina Palopo (Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo & Santa Catarina Palopo Church), Solola Market (in Solola) and Panajachel (Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Museum, Church of St Francis, & more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church, see the interesting displays at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chichicastenango road trip planning site .

Traveling by shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Chichicastenango, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Panajachel, Santa Catarina Palopo, Solola Market
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church
Hotel Atitlan Gardens ©
Hotel Atitlan Gardens

3
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Go for a jaunt from Lanquin to Coban to see Parque Nacional Las Victorias about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin, and get outside with Aventura Grande.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lanquin trip itinerary maker .

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. While traveling from Chichicastenango, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Lanquin, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Coban
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

3
nights
Flores

Flores ©
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, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Flores trip builder app .

Traveling by shuttle from Lanquin to Flores takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lanquin in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Flores, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
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Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing

4
nights
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Explore Tikal National Park's surroundings by going to Peten (Isla Principal Topoxte & Yaxha National Park). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Tikal. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park attractions site .

You can drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for Antigua on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Peten
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Isla Principal Topoxte ©
Isla Principal Topoxte

9
nights
Antigua

Antigua ©
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 (Catedral Metropolitana, National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, & more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Antigua online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Iximche
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 26:
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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