29 days in Guatemala Itinerary

29 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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29 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
shuttle + ferry:  8​h
2
Livingston
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + shuttle + bus:  10​h 30​min
3
Lanquin
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Chichicastenango
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Antigua
— 7 nights
shuttle + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Tikal. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Biotope Cahui and then delve into the distant past at Yaxha.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tikal National Park travel route planner.

Chicago, USA to Tikal National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. On the 25th (Sun), you're off toLivingston.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Yaxha National Park, Cerro Biotope Cahui
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park

3
nights
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Seven Altars and then stroll through Playa Blanca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Dulce.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Livingston travel route planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Tikal National Park to Livingston in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lanquin.

Things to do in Livingston

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Rio Dulce ©
Rio Dulce
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

5
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Take a break from Lanquin with a short trip to Vivero Verapaz in Coban, about 2 hours away.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lanquin day trip website .

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Livingston to Lanquin in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Livingston in February, with highs in Lanquin at 72°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Vivero Verapaz
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Reserva Natural Atitlán and Reserva Natural Atitlan will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Chichicastenango side-trips: Tzantizotz Nature Reserve (in Santa Cruz La Laguna), Panajachel (Hotel Atitlan Gardens, Church of St Francis, & more) and Solola Market (in Solola). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Tomas Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chichicastenango trip planner .

Getting from Lanquin to Chichicastenango by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Lanquin in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Chichicastenango, with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Family-friendly places like Xetulul Theme Park and Xocomil will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Fuentes Georginas in Zunil (about 54 minutes away). Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Cerro El Baul. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, see the interesting displays at Museo del Ferrocarril de los Altos, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora).

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Quetzaltenango trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

#Nature, #Parks, #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

7
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.
Head to Paseo Cayala and Mercado Centralfor some retail therapy. Kids will enjoy La Aurora Zoo and Relief Map. Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (Zona Viva, Oakland Mall, & more). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Antigua trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Quetzaltenango to Antigua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Quetzaltenango in March, with highs in Antigua at 78°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Paseo Cayala ©
Paseo Cayala

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