37 days in Guatemala Itinerary

37 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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37 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 + shuttle + bus:  10​h 30​min
Lanquin
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
Chichicastenango
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Pedro La Laguna
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h
Antigua
— 8 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Tikal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Cerro Biotope Cahui and then explore the ancient world of Yaxha.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park day trip planning tool .

Chicago, USA to Tikal National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll set off for Livingston on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Cerro Biotope Cahui, Yaxha National Park
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
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 17th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Seven Altars and then stroll through Playa Blanca. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Dulce.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Livingston day trip tool .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lanquin.

Things to do in Livingston

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

4
days
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Get in touch with nature at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey and Grutas Las Marias. When in Lanquin, make a side trip to see Candelaria Caves in Chisec, approximately 2 hours away.

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Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and car from Livingston to Lanquin takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Livingston in February: high temperatures in Lanquin hover around 72°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Candelaria Caves
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Candelaria Caves ©
Candelaria Caves
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin 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.
Get some historical perspective at Santo Tomas Church and Chichi Cemetery. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo and contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichicastenango day trip website .

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Chichicastenango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Lanquin in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Chichicastenango, with lows of 39°F. You'll set off for Quetzaltenango on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Chichicastenango

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Chichi Cemetery ©
Chichi Cemetery
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Xetulul Theme Park and Xocomil. Get outdoors at Santa Maria Volcano and Cerro El Baul. Take a break from Quetzaltenango with a short trip to Fuentes Georginas in Zunil, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, and don't miss a visit to Central Plaza.

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You can drive from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Pedro La Laguna.

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

4
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Reserva Natural Atitlán and Volcan San Pedro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Pedro La Laguna: Panajachel (Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Museum & Reserva Natural Atitlan). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco, take in the awesome beauty at Indian Nose, and get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Imox.

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Drive from Quetzaltenango to San Pedro La Laguna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In March, daytime highs in San Pedro La Laguna are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

#Parks, #Nature, #Tours

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, Panajachel, Lake Atitlan
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Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro

4
days
Santa Cruz La Laguna

Santa Cruz La Laguna ©
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Cruz La Laguna side-trips: Santa Catarina Palopo Church (in Santa Catarina Palopo) and San Lucas Toliman (Volcan Atitlan & The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute).

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz La Laguna sightseeing planner .

Drive from San Pedro La Laguna to Santa Cruz La Laguna in 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz La Laguna can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

San Lucas Toliman, Santa Catarina Palopo Church, Solola Market
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Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan
Solola Market ©
Solola Market
Santa Cruz Spanish School ©
Santa Cruz Spanish School

8
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.
Attractions like La Aurora Zoo and Relief Map make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales and Casa Santo Domingo Museums. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Mercado Central, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, stop by Casa de Artes, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

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Getting from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Antigua by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz La Laguna in March, expect Antigua to be a bit warmer, temps between 78°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

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