12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Flores
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h
2
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h
4
Antigua
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + Drive + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Explore Flores' surroundings by going to Tikal National Park (Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction & Tikal). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun, examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, look for all kinds of wild species at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas, and don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing.

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Vancouver, Canada to Flores is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in November, things will get much warmer in Flores: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Tikal National Park
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas

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 17th (Sun): Head underground at Lanquin Caves, explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lanquin trip planner .

Take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Flores in November, expect nights in Lanquin to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Santiago Atitlan.

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

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago Atitlan road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Santiago Atitlan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in November, expect Santiago Atitlan to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church
Cojolya Museum and Store ©
Cojolya Museum and Store

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, La Aurora Zoo, & more). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and look for gifts at Joyeria C'Santos Antigua.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Antigua trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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