11 days in Guatemala Itinerary

11 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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11 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City
Fly:  1​h 30​min
1
Flores
— 4 nights
shuttle:  6​h 30​min
2
Coban
— 1 night
shuttle:  4​h 15​min
3
Panajachel
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Antigua
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Guatemala City
— Few hours
End: Guatemala City

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Tikal and Dos Pilas. Get some cultural insight at Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, and head outdoors with Actún Can.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Flores trip planner .

Guatemala City to Flores is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Guatemala City in December; daily highs in Flores reach 31°C and lows reach 22°C. You'll set off for Coban on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dos Pilas, Tikal
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Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Tikal ©
Tikal
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park

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.
On the 31st (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Grutas del Rey Marcos.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Coban road trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Flores to Coban in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Flores in December; daily highs in Coban reach 25°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Panajachel.

Things to do in Coban

Nature Parks
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Grutas del Rey Marcos ©
Grutas del Rey Marcos
Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq' ©
Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq'

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Indian Nose and Church of St Francis. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cojolya Museum and Store and La Galeria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panajachel: San Juan la Laguna (Lema Association & Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna), Lxkik Maya Museum (in Quetzaltenango) and Tzantizotz Nature Reserve (in Santa Cruz La Laguna). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catarina Palopo Church, delve into the distant past at Iximche, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Lacustre de Atitlan.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Panajachel trip itinerary planning website .

Take a shuttle from Coban to Panajachel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Panajachel sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Panajachel

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Catarina Palopo, San Juan la Laguna, Tzantizotz Nature Reserve, Lxkik Maya Museum, Lake Atitlan
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose
Church of St Francis ©
Church of St Francis

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Jose, then explore the ancient world of Convento Santa Clara, then don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo, and finally get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Antigua tour builder app .

Getting from Panajachel to Antigua by bus takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Antigua

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

few
hours
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Yurrita and then steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Guatemala City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Antigua to Guatemala City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Guatemala City can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia Yurrita ©
Iglesia Yurrita
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional

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