12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  34​h
1
Antigua
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Coban
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Esquipulas
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  7​h 30​min
4
Tikal National Park
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Guatemala City
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and then stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and then make a trip to The Plaza Central Park.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Antigua online trip itinerary maker .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Antigua is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from San Juan to Antigua, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Juan in June; daily highs in Antigua reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel to Coban.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Shopping
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

1
night
Coban

Coban ©
Located at the center of one of the country's primary coffee growing areas, the affluent city of Coban offerss a scattered few cultural attractions, a relaxed and welcoming vibe, and proximity to a wealth of natural highlights.
To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Coban trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Antigua to Coban by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Esquipulas.

Things to do in Coban

Wildlife Parks
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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia

1
night
Esquipulas

Esquipulas ©
Esquipulas, officially Municipality of Esquipulas, whose original name was Yzquipulas, is the largest city located in the department of Chiquimula, in eastern Guatemala. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Basilica de Esquipulas. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Esquipulas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Esquipulas holiday planning website .

You can drive from Coban to Esquipulas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Coban in July, Esquipulas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Esquipulas

Historic Sites
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Basilica de Esquipulas ©
Basilica de Esquipulas

3
nights
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tikal and Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Tikal National Park trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Esquipulas to Tikal National Park in 7.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Fri) before leaving for Guatemala City.

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Tikal ©
Tikal

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.
La Aurora Zoo has been added to your itinerary. On the 4th (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at La Aurora Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Palacio Nacional, and then hunt for treasures at Mercado Central.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Guatemala City travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Esquipulas to Guatemala City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Esquipulas in July, with highs in Guatemala City at 29°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Mercado Central ©
Mercado Central

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