15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly to Mundo Maya International Airport, Drive to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Peten
— 2 nights
Taxi to Flores, Shuttle to Lanquin
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Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Antigua
— 5 nights
Fly

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Tikal National Park

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park online day trip planner.

Sacramento, USA to Tikal National Park is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Peten.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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Peten

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Isla Principal Topoxte and then explore the ancient world of Yaxha National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Mirador del Rey Canek and then explore the ancient world of Dos Pilas.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Peten trip maker tool.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Peten in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Lanquin.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Lanquin

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): head outdoors with Aventura Grande, explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

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Getting from Peten to Lanquin by combination of taxi and shuttle takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Lanquin, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quetzaltenango: Panajachel (Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more) and Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Quetzaltenango online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lanquin in January: highs in Quetzaltenango hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Chichicastenango

Chichi

Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Pascual Abaj, examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chichicastenango trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Museums

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, &more). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Antigua itinerary maker site.

You can take a shuttle from Chichicastenango to Antigua in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Antigua when traveling from Chichicastenango in January, with lows around 53°F. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala travel guide

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Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.