15 days in Guatemala, Chiapas & Guadalajara Itinerary

15 days in Guatemala, Chiapas & Guadalajara Itinerary

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15 days in Guatemala, Chiapas & Guadalajara Itinerary

Start: Palm Springs, United States
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h 30​min
2
Coban, Guatemala
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
4
Palenque, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Guadalajara, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Palm Springs, United States


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2
nights
Flores, Guatemala

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.
Get some historical perspective at Tikal and Catedral de Flores. Visiting Ixpanpajul Nature Park and Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas will get you outdoors.

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Palm Springs, USA to Flores is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Palm Springs to Flores is 2 hours. When traveling from Palm Springs in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Flores: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Coban.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Tikal
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas

1
night
Coban, Guatemala

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.
On the 14th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Biotopo del Quetzal and then identify plant and animal life at Orquigonia.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Coban vacation planner .

Getting from Flores to Coban by shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, Coban is slightly colder than Flores - with highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Wildlife
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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal

3
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

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 Iglesia de La Merced will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Volcán Pacaya and Spas. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, make a trip to San Jose El Viejo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, and stop by Joyeria C'Santos Antigua.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Antigua trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Coban to Antigua in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Palenque.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

2
nights
Palenque, Mexico

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Get outdoors at Playas de Catazaja and Cascada de Roberto Barrios. Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and Iglesia Santo Domingo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Palenque road trip site .

Traveling by car from Antigua to Palenque takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Playas de Catazaja
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Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Cascadas de Misol-Ha

4
nights
Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara ©
One of Mexico's cultural hubs, Guadalajara represents the home of mariachi music and hosts numerous large-scale events, ranging from international film festivals to celebrated book fairs.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Instituto Cultural Cabanas and Basilica de Zapopan. Popular historic sites such as Expiatory Temple and Romantic Lake Chapala are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guadalajara: Tequila (Destileria La Rojena, La Fortaleza, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy some music at Teatro Degollado, get a sense of history and politics at City Hall (Presidencia Municipal), sample the fine beverages at Tequilas Del Senor, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Huichol Wixarica.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Guadalajara trip maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Guadalajara in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Tequila, Gobierno de San Sebastian del Oeste
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Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Guadalajara Cathedral ©
Guadalajara Cathedral
Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple

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