In just under two weeks in Guatemala, you can get to know the hidden details and surrounding landscapes of Antigua, Lake Atitlán, and Flores on a highlights tour or take a deep dive into Guatemala's history with a trip that includes the Copán Ruins and Quetzaltenango. Those who enjoy their creature comforts should opt for a 13-day luxury Guatemala trip complete with six helicopter rides, while sun lovers can split their time between the Belize Islands, Lake Atitlán, and Antigua.

Itinerary #1: Complete Guatemala

Perfect for first-time travelers to Guatemala, this well-rounded itinerary gets you out exploring the impressive cities and stunning landscapes the country is famous for. With two or more nights each in Antigua, Lake Atitlán, and Lanquín, you'll have plenty of time to visit markets, roam ancient ruins, and move your legs on picturesque hikes. Plus, with a shuttle driver and local guides leading the way, it's easy to settle into the relaxed pace of Guatemala's culture.

Sunset near Antigua
You'll have plenty of evening to enjoy the Guatemalan sunset like this one near Antigua
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Guatemala City, Tour & Chocolate Museum Guatemala City
Day 2 Transfer to Antigua, City Walking Tour Antigua
Day 3 Explore the Copán Ruins Antigua
Day 4 Hike Pacaya Volcano Antigua
Day 5 Visit Chichicastenango Market, Transfer to Lake Atitlán Lake Atitlán
Day 6 Lake Atitlán Kayaking & Hiking Lake Atitlán
Day 7 Transfer to Lanquín Lanquín
Day 8 Explore Semuc Champey's Waterfalls & Caves Lanquín
Day 9 Transfer to Flores, Tikal National Park Canopy Tour Flores
Day 10 Explore Tikal National Park Flores
Day 11 Actún Kan Caves Tour & Crater Azul Flores
Day 12 Fly to Guatemala City, Spiritual Maya Ceremony Guatemala City
Day 13 Transfer to Guatemala City Airport, Depart  

Welcome to Guatemala! Your highlights tour begins in Guatemala City. You'll get your first taste of the country's diverse culture with a visit to the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology and an evening attending a chocolate-making workshop. Next, hit the road to Antigua and enjoy a day each exploring the Copán Ruins and trekking across Pacaya volcano. Settled in, you'll make your way to Lake Atitlán, stopping by the famous markets of Chichicastenango on the way. Before continuing to Lanquín, get your heart rate up with a full day of kayaking and hiking under the surrounding jagged peaks.

After a relaxing evening in Lanquín, you'll wake early for an exciting morning in Semuc Champey National Park, complete with a tubing trip down the Río Cahabón. Next, a transfer brings you to Flores, where you can unpack your bags for three days of sightseeing. Spend a day roaming the impressive Maya pyramids and ruins in Tikal National Park, then head to the Actún Kan Caves to embark on a guided walk to learn about the cavern's historical importance. Before catching your onward flight, transfer to Guatemala City and spend an evening enjoying a Maya fire ceremony. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Guatemala Panorama: Culture, Adventure & Cuisine

Get deep in Guatemala's jungle and volcanic landscapes on this adventure-filled 13-day itinerary, perfect for those looking to stay active while exploring the country from top to bottom. Every day showcases a unique mix of culture, cuisine, and beautiful landscapes, and with overnights in Tikal National Park and Copán, you'll also get immersed in the history of the ancient Maya civilization.

Copán ruins
Enjoy an overnight after a day of exploring Copán's Maya ruins
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Guatemala City & Transfer to Antigua Antigua
Day 2 Chicken Bus Village Tour, Chocolate Workshop & Cooking Class Antigua
Day 3 Pacaya Volcano Day Hike Antigua
Day 4 Transfer to Lake Atitlán, Boat Tour  Lake Atitlán
Day 5 Kayaking & Hiking at Lake Atitlán Lake Atitlán
Day 6 Visit Chichicastenango, Transfer to Quetzaltenango Quetzaltenango
Day 7 Sawdust Carpet Workshop, Hot Springs & Maya Sauna Quetzaltenango
Day 8 Fly to Tikal National Park, Canopy Tour & Sunset Tikal National Park
Day 9 Explore Tikal National Park, Transfer to Río Dulce Río Dulce
Day 10 Río Dulce Boat Tour, Transfer to Copán Ruins Copán
Day 11 Explore the Copán Ruins, Hot Springs & Maya Ritual Copán
Day 12 Visit Macaw Mountain, Transfer to Guatemala City Guatemala City
Day 13 Depart Guatemala City  

After arriving in Guatemala City and transferring to Antigua, your culture-packed adventure begins with an introduction to the country's rich history along the Paseo de los Museos ("Museum Path"). Over the following two days in Antigua, you'll take a deep dive into Guatemala's culture through visits to local villages and a day hike up Pacaya volcano. Next, trade the bustling city for the dramatic peaks surrounding Lake Atitlán, and explore the crater lake by foot, bike, and kayak. Nearing the halfway point of your trip, you'll soon find yourself roaming the famous markets of Chichicastenango before carrying on.

During your two days in Quetzaltenango, you'll join a sawdust carpet workshop and soak in the idyllic hot springs of Fuente Georginas before hopping on a plane to fly north to Tikal National Park. Soar above the jungle canopy on a zipline tour, roam the ancient Maya kingdom, and then continue to the famous Copán Ruins. Deemed one of the most important Maya sites, it's impossible not to be in awe as you explore its underground tunnels and climb the 100-foot (30 m) high Temple 16. With just two days left, you'll return to Guatemala City to catch your onward flight, stopping by Macaw Mountain on the way. Learn more

Plan your trip to Guatemala
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.

Itinerary #3: Belize Islands & Guatemala Highlights

Split your time between the crystalline waters of the Belize Islands and Guatemala's culture-packed cities and villages on this 13-day highlights tour. Crafted especially for those who enjoy exploring landscapes by foot, kayak, and bike, you'll keep on the move while still having plenty of time to soak up the culture in quaint villages and tiny islands. Plus, with a stop at the Chichicastenango market and time in Guatemala City, you'll also experience the bustling side of Guatemala.

Take to the streets of Guatemala City and check out the Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago de Guatemala
Check out the Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago de Guatemala in Guatemala City
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Belize City, Transfer to Ambergris Caye San Pedro Town
Day 2 Catamaran Cruise & Beach Picnic San Pedro Town
Day 3 Glass Bottom Boat Cruise San Pedro Town
Day 4 Transfer to Caye Caulker, Snorkel the Marine Reserve Caye Caulker
Day 5 Caye Caulker Free Day Caye Caulker
Day 6 Blue Hole Snorkeling Day Tour Caye Caulker
Day 7 Transfer to Guatemala City (Guatemala) Guatemala City
Day 8 Transfer to Lake Atitlán & Village Tour Lake Atitlán
Day 9 Visit Chichicastenango Market, Chocolate Workshop Lake Atitlán
Day 10 Kayaking & Hiking Lake Atitlán, Transfer to Antigua Antigua
Day 11 Antigua Countryside Bike Tour Antigua
Day 12 Pacaya Volcano Day Hike Antigua
Day 13 Transfer to Guatemala City, Depart  

Your sun and fun-filled adventure start with a water taxi transfer from Belize City to San Pedro Town on the isle of Ambergris Caye. Settle in for three uninterrupted days exploring by foot, catamaran, and a glass-bottom boat; another water taxi brings you to the adjacent island of Caye Caulker. Known for its laid-back spirit and incredible diving and snorkeling opportunities, you'll have no problem filling the following three days with adventure and relaxation. Swim among exotic fish in the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve, explore the island in a golf cart, and spend a full day at the famous Blue Hole.

Begin the second half of your trip with a transfer to Guatemala City. Enjoy an evening at your leisure roaming the Plaza de la Constitución. Then it's back on the road to Panajachel, your home for two nights and the perfect base to visit the iconic market in Chichicastenango and kayak Lake Atitlán. After a three-hour transfer, you'll find yourself in Antigua, where you'll spend your last four days soaking up the scenery of Guatemala's western highlands. Cycle to the mountain town of San Antonio Aguas Calientes, climb up Pacaya volcano and roam its cobbled streets until it's time to catch your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Luxury Guatemala Helicopter & Cultural Tour

With six helicopter rides and a private campsite on the slopes of Acatenango volcano, this luxury Guatemala tour is equal parts luxury and excitement. Avoiding lengthy drives, you'll have plenty of time to settle into scenic villages and roam ancient Maya ruins. Plus, with a sunrise hike, an innertube ride down the Río Cahabón, and a guided tour in Tikal National Park, you'll discover the hidden delights of Guatemala that await off the beaten path.

Take to the skies for stunning panoramas of the Guatemalan landscape beneath you
Take to the skies for stunning panoramas of the Guatemalan landscape beneath you
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Guatemala City, Transfer to Antigua Antigua
Day 2 Antigua History Walking Tour, Guatemalan Cooking Class Antigua
Day 3 Hike the Pacaya Volcano Lava Fields Antigua
Day 4 Acatenango Volcano Overnight Camp-Out Acatenango 
Day 5 Volcano Sunrise & Hike Back Down Antigua
Day 6 Discover Colonial Antigua Antigua
Day 7 Helicopter Ride Over the Volcanoes Antigua
Day 8 Fly to Semuc Champey's Waterfalls & Caves, Transfer to Cobán  Cobán
Day 9 Fly to El Mirador Maya Ruins, Transfer to Flores Flores
Day 10 Tour the Maya Ruins at Tikal National Park Flores
Day 11 Free Day in Flores, Fly to Lake Atitlán Lake Atitlán
Day 12 Explore Lake Atitlán, Fly to Guatemala City Guatemala City
Day 13 Depart Guatemala City  

Begin your luxury trip with three days in Antigua, the former capital of Guatemala, and the perfect place to soak up the country's culture. With a local guide leading the way, you'll visit the Paseo de Los Museos, attend a cooking class, and trek up Pacaya volcano for spectacular views of Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango. Next, get well off the beaten path with a 4WD tour and hike to your private campsite on Acatenango volcano; then, wake up early the following morning for an hour sunrise trek to the summit of Acatenango. Once back in Antigua, you'll have the evening and the next day to do as you please.

Next, see the dramatic volcanoes from above on a scenic helicopter tour and enjoy an evening sampling wine at Tabacos y Vinos until another helicopter ride brings you to Semuc Champey. Your inner child will love riding down the Río Cahabón on an innertube, then dive back into luxury on a helicopter transfer to El Mirador and Flores. With two days in Flores, you'll have time to wander the nearby Maya sites in Tikal National Park and Uaxactún before continuing to Lake Atitlán for a day of hiking. One last helicopter ride brings you to Guatemala City, where you'll catch your departing flight. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Best of Guatemala: Volcanoes, Maya Ruins, Hot Springs & Waterfalls

Discover the striking beauty and warm culture of Guatemala on this well-rounded itinerary, perfect for those who want to tick off the country's highlights in an active way. Using Antigua as your base for half the trip, you can unpack and explore southern Guatemala's valleys, volcanoes, and orchards. Then, spend the second half in the north and central regions of the country, swimming under waterfalls and boating to remote villages.

Tikal National Park
Enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Maya ruins of Tikal National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Guatemala, Transfer to Antigua, Chocolate Workshop Antigua
Day 2 Antigua Walking Tour, Guatemalan Cooking Class Antigua
Day 3 Day Trip to Earth Lodge & Nature Hike, Free Time in Antigua  Antigua
Day 4 Bike Tour to Coffee Plantation Antigua
Day 5 Boat Tour of Lake Atitlán, Arrive at Jaibalito Lake Atitlán
Day 6 Visit Chichicastenango Market Lake Atitlán
Day 7 Kayak & Hike at Lake Atitlán, Transfer to Antigua Antigua
Day 8 Fly to Flores, Guided Tour of Tikal National Park Tikal National Park
Day 9 Explore Las Conchas Waterfalls Las Conchas
Day 10 Arrive at the Río Dulce, Finca Paraíso Hot Springs Río Dulce
Day 11 Río Dulce Guided Boat Tour Río Dulce
Day 12 Transfer to Guatemala City, History Walking Tour Guatemala City
Day 13 Depart Guatemala City  

Your Guatemala adventure begins with a transfer from Guatemala City to the colonial city of Antigua, where you can unpack your bags and settle in for four days of exploration. Spend your first afternoon dusting off any jet lag with a roam around Parque Central, then pack in a history-themed walking tour, cooking class, and trip to Earth Lodge just outside El Hato over the following two days. You'll also have time to embark on a guided mountain bike and coffee farm tour before transferring west to Lake Atitlán to unwind under stunning mountain views and visit the markets in ​​colorful Chichicastenango.

On Day 8 of your trip, you'll catch a flight from Guatemala City to Flores and continue to Tikal National Park. Take a day to visit the famous sites in the former Maya kingdom, then get ready for a packed four days exploring east-central Guatemala. While using Oasis Chiyú ecolodge as your base, swim in the layered waterfalls in Las Concas, and transfer to Río Dulce to soak in the hot springs in Cascadas Finca el Paraíso. With just a few days left, explore rainforest scenery on a boat tour of the ​​Río Dulce and spend an evening in Livingston before catching your flight home from Guatemala City. Learn more

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Looking for more inspiration for your trip to Guatemala? Check out these other 13-day Guatemala itineraries, with outdoor adventures, cultural trips, and best-of tours to hit the highlights. 


Map of 13 Days in Guatemala - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 13 Days in Guatemala - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas