18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Antigua
1
Antigua
— 4 nights
Shuttle
2
Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Drive
3
Santa Catarina Palopo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Rio Dulce, Ferry to Livingston
6
Livingston
— 4 nights
Ferry to Rio Dulce, Bus to Guatemala City
7
Guatemala City
— 1 night
Fly

S M T W T F S
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15

Antigua

— 4 nights
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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, look for gifts at Casa del Jade, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Antigua tour itinerary maker.

Rio Cuarto, Argentina to Antigua is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Rio Cuarto to Antigua. Traveling from Rio Cuarto in December, expect Antigua to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Chichicastenango

— 1 night

Chichi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichicastenango online trip maker.

Traveling by shuttle from Antigua to Chichicastenango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Chichicastenango, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Catarina Palopo.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Santa Catarina Palopo

— 2 nights
Santa Catarina Palopó is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 4th (Tue), don't miss a visit to San Antonio Palopo and then stop by Ceramica Multicolor. On your second day here, make a trip to Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catarina Palopo Church.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Santa Catarina Palopo fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Chichicastenango to Santa Catarina Palopo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichicastenango in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santa Catarina Palopo, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Santa Catarina Palopo

Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Lanquin

— 2 nights
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get outside with Aventura Grande, then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias. On your second day here, Head underground at Lanquin Caves.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lanquin trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Catarina Palopo to Lanquin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Catarina Palopo in January, things will get a bit warmer in Lanquin: highs are around 36°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Tikal National Park

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 8th (Sat), make a trip to Tikal.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park trip maker website.

You can drive from Lanquin to Tikal National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

Livingston

— 4 nights
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Take a break from Livingston with a short trip to Belgian Cemetary in Santo Tomas de Castilla, about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Dulce, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Lara, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, and admire the sheer force of Seven Altars.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Livingston trip builder app.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and ferry from Tikal National Park to Livingston takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 13th (Thu), you're off to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Guatemala City

— 1 night

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Palacio Nacional, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, learn more about the world around you at Museo Popol Vuh, then examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, and finally make a trip to Relief Map.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Guatemala City online journey planner.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Livingston to Guatemala City in 7 hours. Traveling from Livingston in January, expect Guatemala City to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.