21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

21 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Route & dates

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:  3 h
5
Antigua
— 8 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Boston

2
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, and then explore the activities along Lake Atitlan. On the next day, stop by Asociacion de Mujeres en Colores Botanico, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcano Toliman.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santiago Atitlan trip itinerary planner.

Boston, USA to Santiago Atitlan is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Santiago Atitlan. In October, Santiago Atitlan is a bit warmer than Boston - with highs of 76°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Atitlan, Asociacion de Mujeres en Colores Botanico, Volcano Toliman, 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to San Andres Xecul (in Totonicapan), Chichicastenango (Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, Chichi Cemetery, &more) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, examine the collection at Lxkik Maya Museum, get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa Botran.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Santiago Atitlan to Quetzaltenango by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in October, things will get little chillier 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, San Andres Xecul, Tak'alik Ab'aj, Fuentes Georginas, Xetulul Theme Park
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park

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 explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Aventura Grande, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lanquin online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Quetzaltenango in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Lanquin: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Take a break from Flores with a short trip to Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction in Tikal National Park, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, and get outside with Actún Can.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Flores road trip planning website.

Traveling by shuttle from Lanquin to Flores takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Flores can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction
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Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Iximche (in Panajachel), Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Volcan de Fuego, &more) and Fuego Volcano (in Alotenango). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Antigua online trip builder.

Fly from Flores to Antigua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Flores in October, expect Antigua to be a bit cooler, temps between 76°F and 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Iximche, Santo Tomas Church, Fuego Volcano
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

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