36 days in Guatemala Itinerary

36 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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36 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Tikal National Park
— 3 nights
shuttle + ferry:  8​h
Livingston
— 4 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h 15​min
Quirigua
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Lanquin
— 5 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 ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 1st (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tikal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Cerro Biotope Cahui and then delve into the distant past at Yaxha.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park trip tool .

Chicago, USA to Tikal National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You will leave for Livingston on the 3rd (Tue).

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
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui

4
days
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Blanca and Rio Dulce. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Altars.

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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 April in Livingston, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. On the 7th (Sat), you're off toQuirigua.

Things to do in Livingston

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

3
days
Quirigua

Quirigua ©
Quirigua is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Quirigua driving holiday tool .

Traveling by bus from Livingston to Quirigua takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Livingston in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Quirigua, with highs around 98°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 74°F. On the 11th (Wed), you're off toLanquin.

Things to do in Quirigua

#Historic Sites
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5
days
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Get outdoors at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey and Grutas Las Marias.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lanquin day trip tool .

Drive from Quirigua to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Quirigua in April, things will get slightly colder in Lanquin: highs are around 81°F and lows about 58°F. You will leave for Chisec on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Lanquin

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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. Get outdoors at Candelaria Caves and Lagunas Sepalau.

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Traveling by car from Lanquin to Chisec takes 2.5 hours. April in Chisec sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. You will leave for Chichicastenango on the 19th (Thu).

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Lagunas Sepalau ©
Lagunas Sepalau
Candelaria Caves ©
Candelaria Caves

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.
Santo Tomas Church and Chichi Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Reserva Natural Atitlán and Reserva Natural Atitlan. Change things up with these side-trips from Chichicastenango: Panajachel (Church of St Francis, Hotel Atitlan Gardens, & more). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Lake Atitlan and identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the 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. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chisec in April, with highs in Chichicastenango at 74°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan
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Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
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.
Visiting Santa Maria Volcano and Cerro El Baul will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quetzaltenango: XULIK Parque Museo (in Santa Cruz Mulua), Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal and don't miss a visit to Central Plaza.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango travel route planner .

You can drive from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April in Quetzaltenango, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

#Nature, #Parks, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Museo Casa del Tejido will appeal to museum buffs. Shop till you drop at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales and Mercado Central. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, Paseo Cayala, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and look for gifts at Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Quetzaltenango to Antigua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in April, expect Antigua to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Museums

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Guatemala City
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya

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