16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Guatemala City
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Lanquin
— 1 night
Shuttle:  5​h
5
Flores
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guatemala City: Antigua (ChocoMuseo, Arco de Santa Catalina, & more). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at La Aurora Zoo, steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and get a sense of history and politics at Edificio de Correos Central.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Guatemala City attractions planning site .

London, UK to Guatemala City is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Guatemala City, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in February, you will find days in Guatemala City are much warmer (28°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Antigua
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quetzaltenango: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil), Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu) and Indian Nose (in San Pedro La Laguna). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, head outdoors with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, stop by Yabal Handicrafts, and explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Guatemala City to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, Quetzaltenango is slightly colder than Guatemala City - with highs of 25°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Fuentes Georginas, Xetulul Theme Park, Indian Nose
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 3rd (Tue), contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santiago Atitlan trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Santiago Atitlan takes 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Quetzaltenango in March, with highs in Santiago Atitlan at 30°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature 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

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 4th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves, then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lanquin online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to Lanquin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Lanquin: highs are around 40°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

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.
Flores is known for historic sites, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun, identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Flores road trip planning tool .

You can take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in March, you will find days in Flores are little chillier (35°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park

1
night
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 8th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the striking landscape of Tikal.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Flores to Tikal National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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