16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  15​h
1
Antigua
— 7 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h
2
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Marcos La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
5
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Peten
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

7
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.
You'll explore and learn at Casa Santo Domingo Museums and National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Visit Arco de Santa Catalina and Palacio Nacional for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Iglesia Santo domingo, & more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua holiday maker app .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Antigua is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Antigua due to the time zone difference. In September, Antigua is a bit cooler than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Iximche
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 5th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santiago Atitlan trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Santiago Atitlan are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Marcos La Laguna.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
San Marcos La Laguna

San Marcos La Laguna
San Marcos La Laguna is a village on the western shore of Lago Atitlán in the Sololá Department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Indian Nose, view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco, then get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Peter.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Marcos La Laguna road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to San Marcos La Laguna takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Marcos La Laguna, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in San Marcos La Laguna

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, San Juan la Laguna
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Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Galeria Imox ©
Galeria Imox
Church of St Peter ©
Church of St Peter

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 8th (Tue): explore the activities along Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lanquin online journey builder .

You can drive from San Marcos La Laguna to Lanquin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Marcos La Laguna in October, expect Lanquin to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
Highlights from your plan
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey

2
nights
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 9th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Tikal. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park journey planner.

Drive from Lanquin to Tikal National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Peten.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Tikal ©
Tikal

2
nights
Peten

Peten ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Yaxha National Park and then don't miss a visit to Isla Principal Topoxte.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Peten trip planner .

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Peten in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Isla Principal Topoxte ©
Isla Principal Topoxte

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