13 days in Guatemala Itinerary

13 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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13 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Guatemala City
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Lanquin
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  5 h
3
Flores
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Tikal National Park
— Few hours
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
5
San Lucas Toliman
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 1 night
Taxi + Bus:  1 h 45 min
7
Antigua
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: London

1
night
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Museo Popol Vuh, see the interesting displays at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, don't miss a visit to Iglesia Santo domingo, then get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, then make a trip to Relief Map, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Guatemala City trip planner.

London, UK to Guatemala City is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Guatemala City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in March, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Guatemala City: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena ©
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana

2
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
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 15th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): head outdoors with Aventura Grande, admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lanquin trip itinerary app.

Drive from Guatemala City to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Guatemala City in March, expect Lanquin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 40°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) 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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, head outdoors with Actún Can, and then delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, and then get to know the resident critters at Petencito Zoo.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Flores trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Lanquin to Flores takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in March, expect nights in Flores to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing

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hours
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 19th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to San Lucas Toliman.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Museums
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1
night
San Lucas Toliman

San Lucas Toliman ©
San Lucas Tolimán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 20th (Fri), get impressive views of Volcano Toliman and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan.

To plan San Lucas Toliman vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Tikal National Park to San Lucas Toliman with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in San Lucas Toliman

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcano Toliman ©
Volcano Toliman

1
night
Santa Cruz La Laguna

Santa Cruz La Laguna ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for gifts at Manos Crucenas Artisan Store, then deepen your understanding at Santa Cruz Spanish School, and then identify plant and animal life at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz La Laguna tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Lucas Toliman to Santa Cruz La Laguna in 2 hours. Traveling from San Lucas Toliman in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Cruz La Laguna, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Manos Crucenas Artisan Store ©
Manos Crucenas Artisan Store
Santa Cruz Spanish School ©
Santa Cruz Spanish School

3
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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, and see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Antigua vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Antigua in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Antigua when traveling from Santa Cruz La Laguna in March, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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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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