32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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32 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + shuttle:  14​h 45​min
1
Antigua
— 6 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h
2
Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Chichicastenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Lanquin
— 3 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + foot + ferry:  10​h 30​min
6
Livingston
— 3 nights
ferry + shuttle:  8​h
7
Tikal National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Flores
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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.
Get outdoors at Volcán Pacaya and La Aurora Zoo. Do your shopping at Paseo Cayala and Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales. Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Mercado Central, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Casa de Artes, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Antigua travel route planner.

Chicago, USA to Antigua is an approximately 15-hour flight. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in February: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 76°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 15:
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Paseo Cayala ©
Paseo Cayala
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

4
nights
Santa Cruz La Laguna

Santa Cruz La Laguna ©
Visiting Reserva Natural Atitlán and Volcan San Pedro will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Casa Flor Ixcaco (in San Juan la Laguna) and Church of St Peter (in San Pedro La Laguna).

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz La Laguna trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Santa Cruz La Laguna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Antigua in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 39°F in Santa Cruz La Laguna. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Panajachel, San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Casa Flor Ixcaco
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:
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Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro

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.
Visiting Santa Maria Volcano and Fuentes Georginas will get you outdoors. Step out of Quetzaltenango with an excursion to Xetulul Theme Park in Retalhuleu--about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Cerro El Baul. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, make a trip to Central Plaza, and pause for some serene contemplation at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Quetzaltenango vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Quetzaltenango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Quetzaltenango can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Xetulul Theme Park, Fuentes Georginas
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas

3
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.
On the 23rd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Tomas Church. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Chichicastenango itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In February in Chichicastenango, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 39°F at night. You'll set off for Lanquin on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj

3
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 26th (Mon), get outside with Aventura Grande and then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lanquin online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Chichicastenango to Lanquin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Chichicastenango in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 55°F in Lanquin. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Aventura Grande ©
Aventura Grande

3
nights
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 1st (Thu): explore the activities along Seven Altars and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Dulce.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Livingston trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, bus, and ferry from Lanquin to Livingston takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In February, Livingston is a bit warmer than Lanquin - with highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 3:
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Rio Dulce ©
Rio Dulce
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

4
nights
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring ancient history at Tikal.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tikal National Park online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from Livingston to Tikal National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You will leave for Flores on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

El Mirador
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Tikal ©
Tikal
El Mirador ©
El Mirador

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Petencito Zoo and Cerro Biotope Cahui. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Ruinas de Uaxactun, get outside with Actún Can, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, and don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Flores journey planning app .

Getting from Tikal National Park to Flores by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cerro Biotope Cahui
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 10:
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Petencito Zoo ©
Petencito Zoo
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun

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