12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  11​h
1
Guatemala City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Santiago Atitlan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Lanquin
— 1 night
shuttle:  5​h
4
Flores
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Peten
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 45​min
6
Antigua
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Montreal

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional, examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, and then get in on the family fun at Mundo Petapa Irtra.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Guatemala City road trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Guatemala City is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Guatemala City is minus 1 hour. September in Guatemala City sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mundo Petapa Irtra ©
Mundo Petapa Irtra
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena ©
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena

2
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco, then examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago Atitlan day trip website .

Traveling by car from Guatemala City to Santiago Atitlan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Santiago Atitlan sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lake Atitlan, Volcan San Pedro, Casa Flor Ixcaco
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

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 5th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves, take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lanquin trip planner .

Getting from Santiago Atitlan to Lanquin by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in September, things will get a bit warmer in Lanquin: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
Highlights from your plan
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, and then explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Flores itinerary planning app .

Traveling by shuttle from Lanquin to Flores takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Flores are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Peten.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

1
night
Peten

Peten ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Isla Principal Topoxte and then delve into the distant past at Yaxha National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Maya Biosphere Reserve.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Peten itinerary builder website .

Peten is just a stone's throw from Flores. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in Peten

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Maya Biosphere Reserve ©
Maya Biosphere Reserve
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Isla Principal Topoxte ©
Isla Principal Topoxte

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.
Go for a jaunt from Antigua to Panajachel to see Iximche about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Antigua trip maker site .

Drive from Peten to Antigua in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Antigua are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Iximche
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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