16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Flores
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  5 h
2
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
3
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Santiago Atitlan
— 2 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h
5
Antigua
— 5 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: London

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Flores: Tikal National Park (Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction & Tikal). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, and identify plant and animal life at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Flores trip itinerary website .

London, UK to Flores is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Flores is minus 6 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in February, with highs in Flores at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction
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Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas
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. On the 21st (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves, admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lanquin trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Flores to Lanquin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Flores in February, you will find days in Lanquin are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

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
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quetzaltenango: Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna), Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, pause for some photo ops at Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, look for gifts at Yabal Handicrafts, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Lanquin in February; daily highs in Quetzaltenango reach 25°C and lows reach 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, and then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Asociacion de Mujeres en Colores Botanico, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then get impressive views of Volcano Toliman.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Santiago Atitlan trip planner.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Santiago Atitlan in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santiago Atitlan when traveling from Quetzaltenango in February, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Volcano Toliman, Lake Atitlan, Volcan San Pedro, Asociacion de Mujeres en Colores Botanico
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Volcano Toliman ©
Volcano Toliman

5
nights
Antigua

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more), Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango) and Iximche (in Panajachel). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, stop by Ileana Sotela Accesorios, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, and get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Antigua driving holiday website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. February in Antigua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Santo Tomas Church, Iximche
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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