11 days in Guatemala Itinerary

11 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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11 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Coban
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Antigua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Panajachel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Guatemala City
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Flores
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Guatemala City
— Few hours
End: Guatemala City

1
night
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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Coban road trip planning tool .

Guatemala City to Coban is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Coban are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lanquin
Highlights from your plan
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

2
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.
For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua road trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Coban to Antigua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Antigua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

1
night
Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa

Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): delve into the distant past at La Recoleccion.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa trip maker app .

Getting from Antigua to Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in December, with highs in Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa at 38°C and lows at 22°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Panajachel.

Things to do in Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Recoleccion
Highlights from your plan
La Recoleccion ©
La Recoleccion

2
nights
Panajachel

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Simoneta Mixology Cantina as well as Circus Bar. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): join in the after-dark buzz at Circus Bar and then join in the after-dark buzz at Simoneta Mixology Cantina.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Panajachel trip builder tool .

You can drive from Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa to Panajachel in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa in December, expect Panajachel to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 15°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Panajachel

Nightlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
Highlights from your plan
Circus Bar ©
Circus Bar
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Simoneta Mixology Cantina ©
Simoneta Mixology Cantina

1
night
Guatemala City

Guatemala City
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Guatemala City day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Panajachel to Guatemala City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. January in Guatemala City sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Tours Outdoors Shopping

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.
On the 4th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, explore the ancient world of Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal, then get outside with Actún Can, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, then examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Biotope Cahui.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Flores trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Guatemala City to Flores takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Guatemala City in January, Flores is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction, Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, Cerro Biotope Cahui
Highlights from your plan
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

few
hours
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Edificio de Correos Central and then walk around Plaza Mayor de la Constitucion.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Guatemala City trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Flores to Guatemala City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Flores in January, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Guatemala City. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Plaza Mayor de la Constitucion ©
Plaza Mayor de la Constitucion
Edificio de Correos Central ©
Edificio de Correos Central

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