12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Antigua
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h
2
Quetzaltenango
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
3
Panajachel
— 3 nights
+4
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
4
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Flores
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Montreal

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Convento Santa Clara and La Recoleccion. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Valhalla Experimental Station and Casa del Jade. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, look for gifts at Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to Antigua is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in May; daily highs in Antigua reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Valhalla Experimental Station
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Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
La Recoleccion ©
La Recoleccion
Spas & Wellness

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 23rd (Wed), explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal and then contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): make a trip to Central Plaza, then take in the dramatic natural features at Fuentes Georginas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora).

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Quetzaltenango in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Antigua in May; daily highs in Quetzaltenango reach 26°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Panajachel.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fuentes Georginas
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

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.
On the 25th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Indian Nose. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Museum, then stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Tomas Church.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Panajachel trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Panajachel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in May, things will get a bit warmer in Panajachel: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Panajachel

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichicastenango, Indian Nose
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Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose
Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Museum ©
Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Museum
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church

1
night
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 28th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Canopy Tours Tikal.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tikal National Park travel route website .

You can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Panajachel to Tikal National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Flores.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours Adventure Outdoors

1
night
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 29th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Ruinas de Uaxactun, look for all kinds of wild species at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas, and then identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Flores online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Flores takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas

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