17 days in Guatemala Itinerary

17 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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17 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly:  16​h
1
Flores
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h
2
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
San Juan la Laguna
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Antigua
— 6 nights
+2
shuttle + Drive + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Omaha

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park and Tikal. Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Catedral de Flores will appeal to history buffs. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Flores trip itinerary maker app .

Omaha, USA to Flores is an approximately 16-hour flight. In July, daily temperatures in Flores can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tikal, Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park

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 30th (Tue): Head underground at Lanquin Caves, admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lanquin trip itinerary builder .

You can take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chichi Cemetery and Santa Maria Volcano. Popular historic sites such as Church of St Francis and Catedral del Espiritu Santo are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quetzaltenango: Retalhuleu (Xocomil & Xetulul Theme Park), Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Solola Market (in Solola). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora) and stop by Yabal Handicrafts.

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You can drive from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Lanquin in July: high temperatures in Quetzaltenango hover around 71°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Retalhuleu, Solola Market, Chichi Cemetery, Church of St Francis, Fuentes Georginas
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Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Solola Market ©
Solola Market
Catedral del Espiritu Santo ©
Catedral del Espiritu Santo

2
nights
San Juan la Laguna

San Juan la Laguna ©
San Juan La Laguna is a municipality on the southern shore of Lago de Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Indian Nose, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, then look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Juan la Laguna online vacation builder .

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to San Juan la Laguna in 2 hours. When traveling from Quetzaltenango in August, plan for a bit warmer days in San Juan la Laguna, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Santiago Atitlan, Indian Nose, Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
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Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church
Galeria Imox ©
Galeria Imox

6
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.
Appreciate the collections at La Azotea and Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Convento Santa Clara and Caoba Farms. Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Paseo Cayala, Oakland Mall, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, and get a taste of the local shopping with Belfinart.

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Do a combination of taxi and bus from San Juan la Laguna to Antigua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Juan la Laguna in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 61°F in Antigua. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guatemala City, La Azotea
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Caoba Farms ©
Caoba Farms
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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