16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Guatemala City
— Few hours
Shuttle
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Antigua
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterrico
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Marcos La Laguna
— 2 nights
Fly
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Flores
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Izabal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antigua
— 1 night
Shuttle

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Guatemala City

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Guatemala City day trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiport is La Aurora Airport. In April, daily temperatures in Guatemala City can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Guatemala City

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.
On the 26th (Fri), learn something new at Casa del Jade, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, explore the ancient world of Convento Santa Clara, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and finally delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua attractions planning app.

Traveling by shuttle from Guatemala City to Antigua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monterrico.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Classes · Shopping

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nights
Monterrico

Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): cool off at Parque Acuatico H2Olas and then get to know the resident critters at Tortugario Monte Rico. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii and then look for all kinds of wild species at ARCAS.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterrico tour website.

Getting from Antigua to Monterrico by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in April, expect Monterrico to be a bit warmer, temps between 40°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Monterrico

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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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.
Visit La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora) and Iglesia San Andres Xecul for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Santa Maria Volcano and Fuentes Georginas. Go for a jaunt from Quetzaltenango to Totonicapan to see San Andres Xecul about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul, appreciate the history behind Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, look for gifts at Yabal Handicrafts, and examine the collection at Lxkik Maya Museum.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Quetzaltenango trip maker.

Traveling by car from Monterrico to Quetzaltenango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Monterrico in April, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Quetzaltenango: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 9°C at night. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Marcos La Laguna.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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nights
San Marcos La Laguna

San Marcos La Laguna is a village on the western shore of Lago Atitlán in the Sololá Department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Lema Association, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Imox.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Marcos La Laguna route site.

Getting from Quetzaltenango to San Marcos La Laguna by car takes about 2 hours. While traveling from Quetzaltenango, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Marcos La Laguna, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in San Marcos La Laguna

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Isla Principal Topoxte, explore the ancient world of Piedras Negras, delve into the distant past at Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal, then examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Flores journey builder website.

You can fly from San Marcos La Laguna to Flores in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Marcos La Laguna in May, with highs in Flores at 38°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the shuttle ride to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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nights
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 6th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Lanquin Caves.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lanquin trip itinerary planning site.

Take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Flores in May, you will find days in Lanquin are somewhat warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Izabal.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks

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Izabal

On the 8th (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Izabal trip maker site.

You can drive from Lanquin to Izabal in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Izabal can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will leave for Antigua on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Izabal

Nature · Parks

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Antigua

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Antigua sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Izabal to Antigua in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Izabal in May; daily highs in Antigua reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Nightlife

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
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.