16 days in Sao Paulo & Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Sao Paulo & Guatemala Itinerary

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16 days in Sao Paulo & Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  15 h
2
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
3
Coban, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Chahal, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
5
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Flores, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly:  34 h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

4
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Fundacao Serra do Japi. Head to Paulista Avenue and Mercado Municipal de São Paulofor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Liberdade, pause for some serene contemplation at São Paulo Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and examine the collection at Museu Do Futebol.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo travel route planning website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sao Paulo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Sao Paulo. Traveling from Johannesburg in April, Sao Paulo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Fundacao Serra do Japi
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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Liberdade ©
Liberdade
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

5
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Volcán Pacaya and Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales. Take a break from the city and head to Volcan de Agua and La Aurora Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (Paseo Cayala, Catedral Metropolitana, & more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and trek along Finca El Pilar.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Antigua trip planner.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Antigua in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Sao Paulo in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Antigua: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Coban.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

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

1
night
Coban, Guatemala

Coban ©
Located at the center of one of the country's primary coffee growing areas, the affluent city of Coban offerss a scattered few cultural attractions, a relaxed and welcoming vibe, and proximity to a wealth of natural highlights.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Biotopo del Quetzal and then look for all kinds of wild species at Orquigonia.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Coban online trip builder .

Take a bus from Antigua to Coban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chahal.

Things to do in Coban

Wildlife Parks
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Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia

1
night
Chahal, Guatemala

Chahal ©
On the 10th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Se'tzol and then admire the engineering at Parque Natural Las Conchas.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chahal online holiday planner .

You can drive from Coban to Chahal in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Coban in May; daily highs in Chahal reach 42°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Chahal

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Cuevas de Se'tzol ©
Cuevas de Se'tzol

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tikal National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Chahal to Tikal National Park in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Flores.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Flores, Guatemala

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.
On the 12th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun, then identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores.

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You can drive from Tikal National Park to Flores in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Flores are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Flores

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

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