18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Guatemala City
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Flores
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  5​h
3
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Coban
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Santiago Atitlan
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Shuttle + Fly + Shuttle:  12​h
6
Tikal National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

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.
Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Volcán Pacaya. Shop till you drop at Caoba Farms and La Casa del Algodon. Change things up with these side-trips from Guatemala City: Antigua (San Jose El Viejo, Convento Santa Clara, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Yurrita, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Merced, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Ferrocarril.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Guatemala City is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also 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 Rio de Janeiro in March, plan for little chillier days in Guatemala City, with highs around 30°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Flores.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Antigua
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Caoba Farms ©
Caoba Farms
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya

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 7th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, explore the fascinating underground world of Actún Can, and then delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Mirador del Rey Canek, then get outside with Actún Can, and then identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Flores trip app .

Traveling by flight from Guatemala City to Flores takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Guatemala City in March: high temperatures in Flores hover around 35°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Actún Can, Mirador del Rey Canek
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Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

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 9th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves, admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lanquin trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Flores in March: highs in Lanquin hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Coban.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

1
night
Coban

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Biotopo del Quetzal, then identify plant and animal life at Orquigonia, and then explore the striking landscape at Grottes de la Candelaria.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Coban trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Coban takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lanquin in March: high temperatures in Coban hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Coban

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

3
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Get outdoors at Lake Atitlan and Volcan San Pedro. Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of St Peter and Santa Catarina Palopo Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago Atitlan: Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna), San Juan la Laguna (Galeria Imox & Aj Toooneel Ixoq) and Volcan Atitlan (in San Lucas Toliman). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago Atitlan visit planner.

Traveling by car from Coban to Santiago Atitlan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Santiago Atitlan are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, San Juan la Laguna, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Volcan Atitlan, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Church of St Peter ©
Church of St Peter
Galeria Imox ©
Galeria Imox

3
nights
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Get some cultural insight at Tikal and Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Tikal National Park tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Santiago Atitlan to Tikal National Park in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and bus. You will leave for home on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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