52 days in Guatemala Itinerary

52 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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52 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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

5
days
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Get in touch with nature at Tikal and Cerro Biotope Cahui. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yaxha and Ruinas de Uaxactun. Venture out of the city with trips to Flores (Catedral de Flores, Petencito Zoo, & more).

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Tikal National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll set off for Livingston on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Flores, Cerro Biotope Cahui, El Mirador, Yaxha National Park
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
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El Mirador

5
days
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Blanca and Seven Altars. Step out of Livingston to go to Izabal and see Playa Sand Bay, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Dulce.

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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 February, daytime highs in Livingston are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. You'll set off for Lanquin on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Livingston

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Rio Dulce, Playa Sand Bay
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Rio Dulce ©
Rio Dulce
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

8
days
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Take a break from the city and head to Monumento Natural Semuc Champey and Lanquin Caves.

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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. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Livingston in February: high temperatures in Lanquin hover around 72°F and lows are around 55°F. You'll set off for Chisec on the 28th (Wed).

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

6
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.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chisec itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lanquin to Chisec in 2.5 hours. In February in Chisec, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 55°F at night. You will leave for Chichicastenango on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Chisec

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks
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Candelaria Caves ©
Candelaria Caves
Lagunas Sepalau ©
Lagunas Sepalau

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santo Tomas Church and Chichi Cemetery. Take a break from the city and head to Reserva Natural Atitlán and Reserva Natural Atitlan. Venture out of the city with trips to Indian Nose (in San Pedro La Laguna), Panajachel (Church of St Francis, Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, & more) and Santa Catarina Palopo Church (in Santa Catarina Palopo). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, hunt for treasures at Solola Market, and identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chichicastenango tour planner.

You can drive from Chisec to Chichicastenango in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Chisec in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Chichicastenango, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Santa Catarina Palopo Church, Tzantizotz Nature Reserve, Indian Nose
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Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church

8
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 Laguna Chicabal will get you outdoors. Explore Quetzaltenango's surroundings by going to Retalhuleu (Xetulul Theme Park & Xocomil), XULIK Parque Museo (in Santa Cruz Mulua) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Cerro El Baul. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Central Plaza, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and get outside with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in Quetzaltenango can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

#Nature, #Parks, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Retalhuleu, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Fuentes Georginas, XULIK Parque Museo
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas

9
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Volcán Pacaya and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. For shopping fun, head to Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales or Paseo Cayala. Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, La Aurora Zoo, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read 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. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Quetzaltenango in March, with highs in Antigua at 78°F and lows at 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

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

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