12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly + shuttle:  10​h 30​min
1
Tikal National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Peten
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
3
San Pedro La Laguna
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
4
Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Antigua
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: San Jose


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1
day
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Tikal.

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San Jose, Costa Rica to Tikal National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, bus, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Peten.

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Tikal ©
Tikal

2
nights
Peten

Peten ©
On the 8th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Yaxha National Park.

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Getting from Tikal National Park to Peten by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll set off for San Pedro La Laguna on the 9th (Tue).

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites
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Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park

1
night
San Pedro La Laguna

San Pedro La Laguna ©
Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro La Laguna trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Peten to San Pedro La Laguna in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Pedro La Laguna can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Atitlan, Colonial Church
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

2
nights
Santa Cruz La Laguna

Santa Cruz La Laguna ©
On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Solola Market, look for all kinds of wild species at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve, and then stop by Manos Crucenas Artisan Store.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz La Laguna online trip builder .

Traveling by car from San Pedro La Laguna to Santa Cruz La Laguna takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz La Laguna can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

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Side Trip

Solola Market
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Solola Market ©
Solola Market
Manos Crucenas Artisan Store ©
Manos Crucenas Artisan 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.
Arco de Santa Catalina and Catedral Metropolitana will appeal to history buffs. Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales and Volcán Pacaya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Paseo Cayala, Relief Map, & more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

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You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Antigua in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Antigua when traveling from Santa Cruz La Laguna in July, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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