20 days in Guatemala Itinerary

20 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Start: Glasgow, Scotland
Fly + Drive:  19 h
1
Antigua
— 4 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h
2
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
Taxi + Bus:  2 h
3
Chichicastenango
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
4
Quetzaltenango
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Coban
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Lanquin
— 1 night
Shuttle:  5 h
7
Flores
— 3 nights
Drive:  15 min
8
Santa Elena
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
9
Guatemala City
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Glasgow, Scotland

4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Convento Santa Clara and La Recoleccion. Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia Escuela de Cristo and Arco de Santa Catalina. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, get engrossed in the history at La Azotea, and make a trip to The Plaza Central Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Antigua trip planner.

Glasgow, UK to Antigua is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Glasgow to Antigua. Traveling from Glasgow in April, expect Antigua to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

La Azotea
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Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
La Recoleccion ©
La Recoleccion

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, and then explore the activities along Lake Atitlan.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago Atitlan trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Santiago Atitlan can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chichicastenango.

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

2
nights
Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango ©
Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, then stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Lemoa, examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico Rossbach, and then contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chichicastenango road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Chichicastenango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Santiago Atitlan in April, with highs in Chichicastenango at 28°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Laguna Lemoa
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Laguna Lemoa ©
Laguna Lemoa
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj

2
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.
On the 9th (Fri), contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, then see the interesting displays at Lxkik Maya Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Andres Xecul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): make a trip to Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, then look for gifts at Chocolate Dona Pancha, and then get impressive views of Santiaguito Volcano.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Quetzaltenango trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Coban.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

San Andres Xecul
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Santiaguito Volcano ©
Santiaguito Volcano
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora) ©

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Biotopo del Quetzal, identify plant and animal life at Orquigonia, and then explore the striking landscape at Grottes de la Candelaria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Grutas del Rey Marcos and then take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Coban holiday website.

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Coban takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in April, things will get a bit warmer in Coban: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Grutas del Rey Marcos ©
Grutas del Rey Marcos

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 13th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves, then explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lanquin trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Coban to Lanquin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Coban in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Lanquin: highs are around 43°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a shuttle to Flores.

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal. Get in touch with nature at Ixpanpajul Nature Park and Mirador del Rey Canek. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Petencito Zoo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Flores trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by shuttle from Lanquin to Flores takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lanquin in April: highs in Flores hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Elena.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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
Santa Elena

Santa Elena ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): Head underground at Actún Can.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Elena trip planner.

Santa Elena is just a short distance from Flores. In April, daytime highs in Santa Elena are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Santa Elena

Nature Parks
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Actún Can ©
Actún Can

2
nights
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
On the 18th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Yurrita, then shop like a local with Zona Viva, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Aldawa Islamica de Guatemala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, head outdoors with Top Tee, then take an in-depth tour of Palacio Nacional, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Guatemala City trip itinerary site.

Getting from Santa Elena to Guatemala City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Santa Elena in April; daily highs in Guatemala City reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Iglesia Yurrita ©
Iglesia Yurrita
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena ©
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional

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