12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  9​h
1
Flores
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Quirigua
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
San Juan la Laguna
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Antigua
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Mexico City

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park and Catedral de Flores. Get a sense of the local culture at Tikal and Parque arqueologico uaxactun. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Flores trip maker tool .

Mexico City, Mexico to Flores is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Mexico City in August, expect Flores to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Quirigua.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, Tikal
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

1
night
Quirigua

Quirigua ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Quirigua trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Flores to Quirigua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in Quirigua

Historic Sites
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2
nights
San Juan la Laguna

San Juan la Laguna ©
San Juan La Laguna is a municipality on the southern shore of Lago de Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Peter, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Imox, and finally stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Indian Nose, take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, and then examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Juan la Laguna online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Quirigua to San Juan la Laguna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In August in San Juan la Laguna, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, Santiago Atitlan
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Galeria Imox ©
Galeria Imox
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church
Church of St Peter ©
Church of St Peter

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Oakland Mall. La Azotea and Casa Santo Domingo Museums will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Plaza Fontabella, Museo del Ferrocarril, & more). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Convento Santa Clara, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Caoba Farms.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua planning app .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from San Juan la Laguna to Antigua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Juan la Laguna in August since evenings lows in Antigua dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, La Azotea
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Caoba Farms ©
Caoba Farms
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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