16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Aberdeen
Fly:  30​h
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
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Guatemala City
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
Aberdeen

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Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Altars and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Livingston trip builder tool .

Aberdeen, UK to Livingston is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Aberdeen in August; daily highs in Livingston reach 37°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Peten.

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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

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Peten

Peten
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Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and ferry from Livingston to Peten takes 7.5 hours. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to Tikal National Park.

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1
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Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tikal.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Peten to Tikal National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lanquin.

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Tikal ©
Tikal

2
days
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 next day: get outside with Aventura Grande and then explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lanquin trip planner .

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Lanquin in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Lanquin can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for Panajachel on the 18th (Sat).

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

3
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at Reserva Natural Atitlán and Reserva Natural Atitlan. Get out of town with these interesting Panajachel side-trips: Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango) and Tzantizotz Nature Reserve (in Santa Cruz La Laguna). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, browse the eclectic array of goods at Solola Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Francis.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Panajachel road trip planner.

You can drive from Lanquin to Panajachel in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Lanquin in August, expect Panajachel to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Panajachel

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Side Trips

Solola Market, Santo Tomas Church, Lake Atitlan, Tzantizotz Nature Reserve
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Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church

5
days
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Get some cultural insight at Volcán Pacaya and Iglesia de La Merced. Your inner history buff will appreciate Arco de Santa Catalina and Convento de las Capuchinas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guatemala City: Antigua (Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, Church of San Francisco, & more). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at La Aurora Zoo, explore the world behind art at Palacio Nacional, take a stroll through Zona Viva, and get a new perspective on nature at Museo Popol Vuh.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Guatemala City itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Panajachel to Guatemala City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Panajachel in August, with highs in Guatemala City at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

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Side Trip

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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