41 days in Guatemala Itinerary

41 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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41 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Tikal National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Peten
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + bus + foot + ferry:  7​h 15​min
Livingston
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + foot + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
Coban
— 4 nights
shuttle:  1​h 15​min
Lanquin
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
Chichicastenango
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h
Antigua
— 7 nights
shuttle + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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.
When in Tikal National Park, make a side trip to see Cerro Biotope Cahui in El Remate, approximately 38 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring ancient history at Tikal.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park sightseeing planner .

Chicago, USA to Tikal National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. On the 24th (Sat), you're off toPeten.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

El Mirador, Cerro Biotope Cahui
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Tikal ©
Tikal
El Mirador ©
El Mirador
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui

2
nights
Peten

Peten ©
Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Maya Biosphere Reserve.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Peten road trip app .

Drive from Tikal National Park to Peten in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for Livingston on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in Peten

#Wildlife, #Parks
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Maya Biosphere Reserve ©
Maya Biosphere Reserve

4
nights
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Livingston is known for nature and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca, take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Altars, and explore the activities along Rio Dulce.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Livingston trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi from Peten to Livingston in 7.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Livingston can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. You will leave for Coban on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Livingston

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

4
nights
Coban

Coban ©
Located at the center of one of the country's primary coffee growing areas, the affluent city of Coban offerss a scattered few cultural attractions, a relaxed and welcoming vibe, and proximity to a wealth of natural highlights.
Coban is known for wildlife and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Candelaria Caves, look for all kinds of wild species at Biotopo del Quetzal, and take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Coban holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and shuttle from Livingston to Coban in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Livingston in March, expect Coban to be little chillier, temps between 75°F and 54°F. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Lanquin.

Things to do in Coban

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Candelaria Caves
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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Candelaria Caves ©
Candelaria Caves
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal

5
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. 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 head outdoors with Aventura Grande.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lanquin trip itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Coban to Lanquin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Lanquin are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 11th (Sun), you're off toChichicastenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors
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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.
Chichicastenango is known for shopping, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church, steep yourself in history at Pascual Abaj, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chichicastenango online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Chichicastenango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lanquin in March since evenings lows in Chichicastenango dip to 42°F. You'll set off for Quetzaltenango on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Chichicastenango

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

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quetzaltenango: Retalhuleu (Xetulul Theme Park & Xocomil) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at Cerro El Baul. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, make a trip to Central Plaza, pause for some serene contemplation at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), and stop by Chocolate Dona Pancha.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango trip planner .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

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

4
nights
Santa Cruz La Laguna

Santa Cruz La Laguna ©
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Cruz La Laguna side-trips: Casa Flor Ixcaco (in San Juan la Laguna) and San Pedro La Laguna (Volcan San Pedro & Church of St Peter).

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz La Laguna trip planner .

Drive from Quetzaltenango to Santa Cruz La Laguna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Santa Cruz La Laguna are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Panajachel, San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Casa Flor Ixcaco
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro

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.
Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Paseo Cayala, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, examine the collection at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Antigua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, Antigua is somewhat warmer than Santa Cruz La Laguna - with highs of 78°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

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