15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Start: New York City
+5
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  9 h 15 min
1
Antigua
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
2
Flores
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  5 h
3
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
5
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Santiago Atitlan
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14 h
End: New York City

5
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.
Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, &more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Antigua trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Antigua is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Antigua. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 74°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get outside with Actún Can, explore the ancient world of Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, then make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Petencito Zoo.

Plan trip to Flores with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Flores takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Antigua in January since evenings lows in Flores dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Actún Can ©
Actún Can
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing

1
night
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 17th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin, head outdoors with Aventura Grande, then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and finally Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lanquin trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Flores in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lanquin: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chichicastenango.

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
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias
Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin

1
night
Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango ©
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 18th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, see the interesting displays at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, then stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Chichicastenango trip builder app.

Drive from Lanquin to Chichicastenango in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Lanquin in January, you will find days in Chichicastenango are little chillier (70°F), and nights are cooler (40°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales ©
Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quetzaltenango: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Retalhuleu (Xocomil & Xetulul Theme Park). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, appreciate the history behind Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, and stop by Ketzali Accessories.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango trip builder site.

Traveling by shuttle from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Quetzaltenango sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Retalhuleu, Fuentes Georginas
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

2
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago Atitlan trip planner.

Drive from Quetzaltenango to Santiago Atitlan in 3 hours. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 53°F in Santiago Atitlan. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church
Cojolya Museum and Store ©
Cojolya Museum and Store

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