16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Guatemala City
— 5 nights
2
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
3
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
4
Lanquin
— 1 night
5
Flores
— 3 nights
6
Tikal National Park
— 1 night

5
nights
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guatemala City: Antigua (ChocoMuseo, Arco de Santa Catalina, &more). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at La Aurora Zoo, don't miss a visit to Relief Map, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and contemplate the long history of Palacio Nacional.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Guatemala City online itinerary planner.

London, UK to Guatemala City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Guatemala City due to the time zone difference. While traveling from London, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Guatemala City, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Antigua
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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), Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu) and Indian Nose (in San Juan la Laguna). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, don't miss a visit to Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, stop by Yabal Handicrafts, and get outside with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Guatemala City to Quetzaltenango in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Guatemala City in February, things will get a bit cooler in Quetzaltenango: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fuentes Georginas, Xetulul Theme Park, Indian Nose, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 3rd (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, thenexamine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago Atitlan online visit planner.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Santiago Atitlan in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Quetzaltenango in March; daily highs in Santiago Atitlan reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks 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

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 4th (Wed): Head underground at Lanquin Caves, thenadmire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lanquin tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Santiago Atitlan to Lanquin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in March, expect Lanquin to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin

3
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.
Flores is known for historic sites, wildlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun, don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, and look for all kinds of wild species at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Flores online road trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Lanquin to Flores takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lanquin in March, plan for slightly colder days in Flores, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing

1
night
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tikal National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Museums
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