18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly + shuttle:  18​h 15​min
Antigua
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
Panajachel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Lanquin
— 1 night
shuttle:  4​h 30​min
Flores
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
shuttle + ferry:  7​h 30​min
Livingston
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
End: Buenos Aires

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Volcán Pacaya and La Ruta del Yalu. Venture out of the city with trips to Mayan Fire Golf Course (in San Juan Sacatepequez) and Chateau DeFay (in Santa Maria de Jesus). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Merced, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Antigua trip planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Antigua is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Antigua is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in March, plan for little chillier nights in Antigua, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Panajachel.

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Side Trips

Mayan Fire Golf Course, La Ruta del Yalu, Chateau DeFay
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
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Volcan de Agua ©
Volcan de Agua

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Hotel Atitlan Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Francis. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, then trek along Reserva Natural Atitlán, and then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Atitlan.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Panajachel trip itinerary builder website .

Take a bus from Antigua to Panajachel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In April, Panajachel is a bit cooler than Antigua - with highs of 27°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Panajachel

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Side Trip

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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), then don't miss a visit to Central Plaza, and then contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Fuentes Georginas and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Panajachel to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Quetzaltenango can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

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Side Trip

Fuentes Georginas
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas

1
night
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
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 9th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

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You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Lanquin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Flores.

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

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, delve into the distant past at Ruinas de Uaxactun, and then identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Flores online journey builder .

Getting from Lanquin to Flores by shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tikal National Park.

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Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

2
nights
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 12th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Tikal.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tikal National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Flores to Tikal National Park takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

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Tikal ©
Tikal

1
night
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Livingston tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and ferry from Tikal National Park to Livingston takes 7.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

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