11 days in Guatemala Itinerary

11 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Retalhuleu
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Retalhuleu
— 1 night
Drive
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Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive
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Panajachel
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Antigua
— 5 nights
Fly

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Retalhuleu

— 1 night
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): let little ones run wild at Dino Park, then get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park, and then cool off at Xocomil.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Retalhuleu attractions planner.

New York City, USA to Retalhuleu is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Retalhuleu is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Retalhuleu are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

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Lanquin

— 1 night
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 9th (Fri): head outdoors with Aventura Grande, take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lanquin travel route planner.

You can drive from Retalhuleu to Lanquin in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Panajachel.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

Panajachel

— 2 nights
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Atitlán, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Atitlan Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at Exhale Body & Mind Spa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Francis, then make a trip to San Antonio Palopo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Catarina Palopo Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Panajachel online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Panajachel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Lanquin in July, things will get slightly colder in Panajachel: highs are around 77°F and lows about 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Panajachel

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Antigua

— 5 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.
Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, La Aurora Zoo, &more). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, and explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip builder.

You can take a shuttle from Panajachel to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Antigua are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:

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.

Lake Atitlan travel guide

4.4
Wildlife Areas · Bodies of Water · Ruins
Lake Atitlan, a large volcanic lake, provides the setting for a wealth of interesting Mayan towns and villages. Surrounded by imposing and scenic mountains, the lake forms part of a sprawling national park, rich in wildlife and cultural attractions. The main towns and villages range from touristy gateways to authentic realms of tradition and culture, with charming local markets, rustic architecture, and a laid-back feel. Many of the towns can only be reached by boat, with trips on the lake high on most visitors' Lake Atitlan itineraries.