16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Antigua
— 6 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive
3
Chisec
— 1 night
Drive
4
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Drive
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Retalhuleu
— 2 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Pittsburgh International Airport

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Antigua

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, La Aurora Zoo, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, see the interesting displays at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, and don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Antigua online trip itinerary builder.

Pittsburgh, USA to Antigua is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Pittsburgh to Antigua is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Pittsburgh in January: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 74°F and lows are around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:

Tikal National Park

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chisec.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
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Chisec

— 1 night
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. On the 9th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chisec vacation maker.

Getting from Tikal National Park to Chisec by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chisec

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Lanquin

— 1 night
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 10th (Sun), head outdoors with Aventura Grande, admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lanquin journey builder tool.

You can drive from Chisec to Lanquin in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Lanquin, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

Quetzaltenango

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quetzaltenango: San Marcos Holistic Cottage (in San Marcos La Laguna), Panajachel (Hotel Atitlan Gardens & Reserva Natural Atitlán) and Salud Para Vida The Health Food Store (in San Pedro La Laguna). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Lanquin in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Quetzaltenango, with highs around 70°F, while nights are colder with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:

Retalhuleu

— 2 nights
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. On the 15th (Fri), cool off at Xocomil, find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, and then delve into the distant past at Tak'alik Ab'aj.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Retalhuleu driving holiday site.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in January, things will get warmer in Retalhuleu: highs are around 91°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
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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.