15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
1
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Quetzaltenango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Antigua
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Newark

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Tikal. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park trip planner .

Newark, USA to Tikal National Park is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lanquin.

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Tikal ©
Tikal

1
night
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): Head underground at Lanquin Caves and then head outdoors with Aventura Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lanquin trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Lanquin in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Lanquin can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Quetzaltenango.

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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quetzaltenango: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, make a trip to Central Plaza, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango holiday planner.

Getting from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Lanquin in August, things will get cooler in Quetzaltenango: highs are around 71°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

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Xetulul Theme Park, Fuentes Georginas
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

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nights
San Pedro La Laguna

San Pedro La Laguna ©
Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
On the 18th (Sun), contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro and then contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Indian Nose, then get outside with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, and then stop by Asociacion de Mujeres en Colores Botanico.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro La Laguna trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to San Pedro La Laguna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Quetzaltenango in August, plan for a bit warmer days in San Pedro La Laguna, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

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Side Trips

Asociacion de Mujeres en Colores Botanico, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose

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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.
Take a break from Antigua with a short trip to La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala City, about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Antigua online holiday builder .

Getting from San Pedro La Laguna to Antigua by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Antigua when traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in August, with lows around 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Antigua

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Side Trip

La Aurora Zoo
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Volcan de Agua ©
Volcan de Agua

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