16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Kingston
Fly:  13​h
1
Antigua
— 5 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h
2
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Coban
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Chahal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Livingston
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
7
Flores
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Kingston

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.
Get in touch with nature at Volcán Pacaya and Volcan de Agua. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Arco de Santa Catalina. Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, Catedral Metropolitana, & more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral de Santiago, and steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip itinerary planner.

Kingston, Canada to Antigua is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kingston to Antigua, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Kingston in December, with highs in Antigua at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santiago Atitlan attractions website .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Santiago Atitlan can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Coban.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

2
nights
Coban

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Biotopo del Quetzal and then look for all kinds of wild species at Orquigonia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq'.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Coban trip app .

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to Coban takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq' ©
Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq'

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 25th (Wed): Head underground at Lanquin Caves and then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lanquin online tour planner .

You can drive from Coban to Lanquin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, Lanquin is a bit warmer than Coban - with highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Chahal.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

1
night
Chahal

Chahal ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): Head underground at Cuevas de Se'tzol and then see human ingenuity at work at Parque Natural Las Conchas.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chahal day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Chahal takes 3.5 hours. December in Chahal sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Chahal

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Cuevas de Se'tzol ©
Cuevas de Se'tzol

1
night
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Livingston online tour planner .

Drive from Chahal to Livingston in 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chahal in December: highs in Livingston hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Livingston

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tikal and Ixpanpajul Nature Park. Step out of Flores to go to El Remate and see Cerro Biotope Cahui, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Flores online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Livingston to Flores in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tikal, Cerro Biotope Cahui
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas

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