16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Denver
+5
Drive + Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  10 h 15 min
1
Antigua
— 6 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h
2
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Lanquin
— 1 night
Shuttle:  7 h 15 min
5
Peten
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h
End: Denver

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Iximche (in Panajachel), Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Paseo Cayala, &more) and Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, get impressive views of Volcan de Agua, stop by Ileana Sotela Accesorios, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Antigua trip builder website .

Denver, USA to Antigua is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of car, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Antigua. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Denver in March; daily highs in Antigua reach 79°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Iximche, Santo Tomas Church
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

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

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santiago Atitlan holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Santiago Atitlan can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Quetzaltenango.

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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Quetzaltenango side-trips: Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), cool off at Xocomil, and pause for some photo ops at Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to Quetzaltenango takes 3 hours. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in April, expect Quetzaltenango to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Xetulul Theme Park, Fuentes Georginas
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Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

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 7th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lanquin itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Quetzaltenango in April; daily highs in Lanquin reach 99°F and lows reach 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Peten.

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

2
nights
Peten

Peten ©
On the 8th (Wed), head outdoors with Actún Can, then delve into the distant past at Yaxha National Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Petencito Zoo, make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, and then examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Peten trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Lanquin to Peten takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Flores
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Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing
Actún Can ©
Actún Can

2
nights
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tikal.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tikal National Park road trip planner.

Drive from Peten to Tikal National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Museums
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