15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  19​h 15​min
Livingston
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + bus + taxi:  7​h 15​min
Peten
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Panajachel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Guatemala City
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
End: New York City

1
night
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
On the 17th (Tue), explore the activities along Seven Altars and then stroll through Playa Blanca.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Livingston road trip planning website .

New York City, USA to Livingston is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in April: high temperatures in Livingston hover around 88°F and lows are around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Peten.

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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

1
night
Peten

Peten
To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Peten road trip tool .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry from Livingston to Peten in 7.5 hours. You will leave for Tikal National Park on the 19th (Thu).

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1
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Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 19th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tikal National Park trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Peten to Tikal National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lanquin.

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Tikal ©
Tikal

2
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): get outside with Aventura Grande and then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lanquin, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Lanquin takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Lanquin, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 58°F at night. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off toPanajachel.

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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Aventura Grande ©
Aventura Grande

3
nights
Panajachel

Panajachel ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Atitlan Gardens, get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, and then examine the collection at La Galeria. On the next day, stop by Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store and Maya Women's Center, hike along Reserva Natural Atitlán, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Atitlan.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Panajachel road trip site .

Drive from Lanquin to Panajachel in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lanquin in April, with highs in Panajachel at 74°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Guatemala City.

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Lake Atitlan
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Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Hotel Atitlan Gardens ©
Hotel Atitlan Gardens

5
nights
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de La Merced and Palacio Nacional. Do some cultural sightseeing at Volcán Pacaya and Casa Santo Domingo Museums. Venture out of the city with trips to Antigua (Arco de Santa Catalina, Cerro de la Cruz, & more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Aurora Zoo, make a trip to Relief Map, get a sense of history and politics at Edificio de Correos Central, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Guatemala City trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Panajachel to Guatemala City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Panajachel in April, with highs in Guatemala City at 80°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

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Antigua
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

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