23 days in Guatemala Itinerary

23 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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23 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  28​h
1
Guatemala City
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Antigua
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
3
Flores
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h 30​min
4
Coban
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
7
Panajachel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  35​h
End: Adelaide


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3
nights
Guatemala City

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Palacio Nacional. Step out of the city life by going to Top Tee and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Yurrita, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and take a stroll through Zona Viva.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Guatemala City online travel planner .

Adelaide, Australia to Guatemala City is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Adelaide to Guatemala City due to the time zone difference. In January, Guatemala City is slightly colder than Adelaide - with highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Outdoors Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena ©
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to San Jose El Viejo, and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of La Azotea, take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums, then explore the ancient world of Convento Santa Clara, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Jose.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Antigua online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Guatemala City to Antigua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

La Azotea
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tikal and Museo del Islote Santa Barbara. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Actún Can. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Actún Can, get outside with Mirador del Rey Canek, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Flores travel route planning site .

Getting from Antigua to Flores by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Flores, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for the shuttle ride to Coban.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Actún Can, Mirador del Rey Canek, Tikal
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Biotopo del Quetzal and then identify plant and animal life at Orquigonia. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Cuevas de B'omb'il Pek y Jul Iq'.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Coban trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Flores to Coban by shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Flores in January, things will get slightly colder in Coban: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
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
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 21st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, and then contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santiago Atitlan travel tool .

Traveling by car from Coban to Santiago Atitlan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lxkik Maya Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, then look for gifts at Yabal Handicrafts, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano. On your second day here, contemplate the geological forces at Santiaguito Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Andres Xecul.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Quetzaltenango trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to Quetzaltenango takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Quetzaltenango, with lows around 5°C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a shuttle to Panajachel.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fuentes Georginas, San Andres Xecul
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas

2
nights
Panajachel

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Catarina Palopo Church, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Iximche, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Francis, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Lacustre de Atitlan, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Panajachel trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Panajachel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Panajachel, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in Panajachel

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Catarina Palopo, Solola Market
Highlights from your plan
La Galeria ©
La Galeria
Church of St Francis ©
Church of St Francis
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church

3
nights
Santa Cruz La Laguna

Santa Cruz La Laguna ©
On the 27th (Mon), stop by Manos Crucenas Artisan Store, then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Pico de Cielo, and then head outdoors with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Indian Nose and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve.

Make your Santa Cruz La Laguna itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Panajachel to Santa Cruz La Laguna takes an hour. Traveling from Panajachel in January, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Cruz La Laguna, with lows around 6°C. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Indian Nose, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo
Highlights from your plan
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose
Manos Crucenas Artisan Store ©
Manos Crucenas Artisan Store

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