32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Tikal National Park
— 3 nights
shuttle + ferry:  8​h
Livingston
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Drive:  10​h 30​min
Lanquin
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Chisec
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Chichicastenango
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
Antigua
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
Chicago

2
days
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
On the 1st (Thu), delve into the distant past at Tikal. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Biotope Cahui and then delve into the distant past at Yaxha.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park tour planner .

Chicago, USA to Tikal National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off toLivingston.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

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Side Trips

Cerro Biotope Cahui, Yaxha
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Yaxha ©
Yaxha
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui

2
days
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Seven Altars and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): explore the activities along Rio Dulce.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Livingston tour itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Tikal National Park to Livingston in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in March, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Lanquin.

Things to do in Livingston

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Rio Dulce
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Rio Dulce ©
Rio Dulce
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

5
days
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
Lanquin is known for nature and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, Head underground at Lanquin Caves, and get outside with Aventura Grande.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lanquin trip maker website .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Livingston to Lanquin in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Traveling from Livingston in March, expect Lanquin to be slightly colder, temps between 76°F and 55°F. You will leave for Chisec on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Lanquin

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

3
days
Chisec

Chisec ©
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Chisec is known for nature and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Candelaria Caves and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Sepalau.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Chisec travel planning app .

Getting from Lanquin to Chisec by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Chisec can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. You will leave for Chichicastenango on the 15th (Thu).

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Candelaria Caves ©
Candelaria Caves
Lagunas Sepalau ©
Lagunas Sepalau

4
days
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chichicastenango side-trips: Panajachel (Hotel Atitlan Gardens, Reserva Natural Atitlán, & more) and Indian Nose (in San Pedro La Laguna). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church, stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chichicastenango route planner .

You can drive from Chisec to Chichicastenango in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Chisec in March, Chichicastenango is a bit cooler at night with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Indian Nose
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church

4
days
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Quetzaltenango: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu). Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Cerro El Baul. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), and don't miss a visit to Central Plaza.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Quetzaltenango online attractions planner .

You can drive from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to 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 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

7
days
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 (La Aurora Zoo, Paseo Cayala, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Francisco.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Antigua vacation builder .

Getting from Quetzaltenango to Antigua by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Quetzaltenango in March, with highs in Antigua at 78°F and lows at 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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