16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Guatemala City
— 3 nights
2
Lanquin
— 1 night
3
Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
4
Retalhuleu
— 1 night
5
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
6
Antigua
— 5 nights

3
nights
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Guatemala City is known for shopping, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at La Aurora Zoo, get impressive views of Volcan de Fuego, examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, and learn more about the world around you at Museo Popol Vuh.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Guatemala City trip app.

Miami, USA to Guatemala City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Miami to Guatemala City. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Miami in July, with highs in Guatemala City at 77°F and lows at 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Antonio Palopo
Highlights from your plan
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Paseo Cayala ©
Paseo Cayala

1
night
Lanquin

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 4th (Tue): head outdoors with Aventura Grande, then explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lanquin trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Guatemala City to Lanquin by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Guatemala City in August, things will get a bit warmer in Lanquin: highs are around 94°F and lows about 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias
Aventura Grande ©
Aventura Grande

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Quetzaltenango side-trips: Panajachel (Church of St Francis, Reserva Natural Atitlán, &more), Manos Crucenas Artisan Store (in Santa Cruz La Laguna) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and don't miss a visit to Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango trip planner.

You can drive from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Lanquin in August: high temperatures in Quetzaltenango hover around 71°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Panajachel, Manos Crucenas Artisan Store, Fuentes Georginas
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas

1
night
Retalhuleu

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): let the kids burn off some steam at Dino Park, then find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, and then cool off at Xocomil.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Retalhuleu trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Retalhuleu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in August, you will find days in Retalhuleu are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are warmer (72°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Dino Park
Highlights from your plan
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Dino Park ©
Dino Park

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then explore the activities along Lake Atitlan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santiago Atitlan driving holiday site.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Retalhuleu to Santiago Atitlan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Retalhuleu in August, expect Santiago Atitlan to be slightly colder, temps between 78°F and 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Cojolya Museum and Store ©
Cojolya Museum and Store
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in August, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo

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