21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
1
Santiago Atitlan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Lanquin
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h
4
Flores
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
5
Antigua
— 8 nights
shuttle + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Boston

2
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 20th (Sun), get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, and then explore the activities along Lake Atitlan. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Asociacion de Mujeres en Colores Botanico, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then get impressive views of Volcano Toliman.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago Atitlan road trip planner .

Boston, USA to Santiago Atitlan is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Boston to Santiago Atitlan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Boston in October; daily highs in Santiago Atitlan reach 76°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Volcano Toliman, Asociacion de Mujeres en Colores Botanico, Lake Atitlan, Volcan San Pedro
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Volcano Toliman ©
Volcano Toliman

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Quetzaltenango side-trips: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil), Chichicastenango (Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, Chichi Cemetery, & more) and San Andres Xecul (in Totonicapan). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, and see the interesting displays at Lxkik Maya Museum.

Before you visit Quetzaltenango, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to Quetzaltenango takes 3 hours. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in October, things will get slightly colder in Quetzaltenango: highs are around 70°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichicastenango, Tak'alik Ab'aj, Xetulul Theme Park, Fuentes Georginas, San Andres Xecul
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

2
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 27th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves and then Head underground at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Aventura Grande, admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lanquin road trip planning app .

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Quetzaltenango in October: highs in Lanquin hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Flores: Tikal National Park (Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction & Tikal). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Flores travel planning app .

Take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Flores are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tikal National Park
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun

8
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fuego Volcano (in Alotenango), Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Volcan de Fuego, & more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and make a trip to The Plaza Central Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua online route planner .

Getting from Flores to Antigua by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. In October, Antigua is a bit cooler than Flores - with highs of 76°F and lows of 61°F. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Fuego Volcano, Iximche, Santo Tomas Church
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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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