28 days in Guatemala Itinerary

28 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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28 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Palenque
Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Antigua
— 6 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
3
Peten
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
shuttle + ferry:  8​h
5
Livingston
— 2 nights
+4
ferry + foot + shuttle + foot + bus:  10​h 45​min
6
Chisec
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Lanquin
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Palenque

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox. On the next day, look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco, then explore and take pictures at Finca Xetuc, and then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan.

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Palenque, Mexico to San Pedro La Laguna is an approximately 12-hour car ride. In September in San Pedro La Laguna, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, Finca Xetuc, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Museo Popol Vuh, La Aurora Zoo, & more). Make the 1st (Mon) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Antigua trip builder app .

You can drive from San Pedro La Laguna to Antigua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Peten.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

2
nights
Peten

Peten ©
On the 2nd (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Actún Can and then explore the ancient world of Yaxha National Park. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park and then head outdoors with Actún Can.

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You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Antigua to Peten in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Peten

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Flores, Actún Can
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Actún Can ©
Actún Can

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Tikal. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then identify plant and animal life at Cerro Biotope Cahui.

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Drive from Peten to Tikal National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cerro Biotope Cahui
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui

2
nights
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Change things up with a short trip to Punta de Palma in Puerto Barrios (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Rio Dulce, stroll through Playa Blanca, and admire the sheer force of Seven Altars.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Livingston day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and ferry from Tikal National Park to Livingston takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chisec.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Punta de Palma
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Rio Dulce ©
Rio Dulce
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

2
nights
Chisec

Chisec ©
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Candelaria Caves, explore the activities along Lagunas Sepalau, and explore the fascinating underground world of Las Cuevas de Bombil Pek.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chisec trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and bus from Livingston to Chisec in 11 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chisec

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua ©
Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua
Candelaria Caves ©
Candelaria Caves
Lagunas Sepalau ©
Lagunas Sepalau

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 Grutas del Rey Marcos about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, head outdoors with Aventura Grande, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lanquin holiday site .

Drive from Chisec to Lanquin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grutas del Rey Marcos
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

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 Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Retalhuleu (Xetulul Theme Park & Xocomil). Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Cerro El Baul. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, make a trip to Central Plaza, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Lanquin in October: high temperatures in Quetzaltenango hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. On the 20th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Retalhuleu, Fuentes Georginas
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

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