12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Antigua
— 3 nights
2
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
3
Retalhuleu
— 1 night
4
Quetzaltenango
— 2 nights
5
Lanquin
— 1 night
6
Guatemala City
— 3 nights

3
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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, and explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua online trip itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Antigua is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Antigua. In June in Antigua, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then explore the activities along Lake Atitlan.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Santiago Atitlan online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Santiago Atitlan can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Cojolya Museum and Store ©
Cojolya Museum and Store
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

1
night
Retalhuleu

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see the interesting displays at XULIK Parque Museo, then get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park, and then make a splash at Xocomil.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Retalhuleu trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Retalhuleu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santiago Atitlan in June; daily highs in Retalhuleu reach 89°F and lows reach 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

XULIK Parque Museo
Highlights from your plan
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
XULIK Parque Museo ©
XULIK Parque Museo

2
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.
On the 13th (Sun), contemplate the geological forces at Santiaguito Volcano and then contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Fuentes Georginas, then appreciate the history behind Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Quetzaltenango online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Retalhuleu to Quetzaltenango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Retalhuleu in June, you will find days in Quetzaltenango are little chillier (70°F), and nights are cooler (52°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Fuentes Georginas
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas

1
night
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get outside with Aventura Grande, contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lanquin trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Quetzaltenango in June; daily highs in Lanquin reach 93°F and lows reach 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Aventura Grande ©
Aventura Grande
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

3
nights
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Guatemala City is known for shopping, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at La Aurora Zoo, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, browse the different shops at Paseo Cayala, and stroll around Plaza Mayor de la Constitucion.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Guatemala City sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Guatemala City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lanquin in June, with highs in Guatemala City at 77°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena ©
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana

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