18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Antigua
— 5 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive
3
Flores
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive
5
Chisec
— 2 nights
Drive
6
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

— 5 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 (Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

Discover how to plan a Antigua trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Pittsburgh, USA to Antigua is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pittsburgh to Antigua. Traveling from Pittsburgh in January, expect Antigua to be much warmer, temps between 74°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Tikal National Park

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 7th (Thu), take an unorthodox tour of Tikal.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Flores.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

Flores

— 2 nights
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 8th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Petencito Zoo, and then make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Actún Can, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, then explore the ancient world of Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara.

To see more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Flores trip app.

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Flores takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 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), get outside with Aventura Grande, admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lanquin trip planner.

You can 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 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chisec.

Things to do in Lanquin

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

Chisec

— 2 nights
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha and then head outdoors with Candelaria Caves.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chisec day trip planning site.

You can drive from Lanquin to Chisec in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chisec

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

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: Panajachel (Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), stop by Ketzali Accessories, and appreciate the history behind Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango trip planner.

You can drive from Chisec to Quetzaltenango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

Retalhuleu

— 2 nights
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. On the 17th (Sun), have fun at Dino Park, get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park, and then make a splash at Xocomil.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Retalhuleu trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Quetzaltenango in January: high temperatures in Retalhuleu hover around 91°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

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.