9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
shuttle + Fly:  20​h
1
Antigua
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
2
Flores
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h 15​min
3
Quirigua
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Esquipulas
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Ljubljana

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and La Azotea. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Oakland Mall & La Merced). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Convento Santa Clara, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, hunt for treasures at Caoba Farms, and make a trip to Mayan Creations Arts & Crafts.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia to Antigua is an approximately 20-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ljubljana to Antigua is minus 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Antigua

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guatemala City, La Azotea, Valhalla Experimental Station
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Caoba Farms ©
Caoba Farms
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Valhalla Experimental Station ©
Valhalla Experimental Station

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.
On the 26th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Actún Can, then head outdoors with Mirador del Rey Canek, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores and then delve into the distant past at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park.

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Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Flores in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in August, expect Flores to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Quirigua.

Things to do in Flores

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mirador del Rey Canek, Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, Actún Can
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Actún Can ©
Actún Can
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores
Mirador del Rey Canek ©
Mirador del Rey Canek

1
night
Quirigua

Quirigua ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Quirigua tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Flores to Quirigua by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Esquipulas.

Things to do in Quirigua

Historic Sites
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1
night
Esquipulas

Esquipulas ©
Esquipulas, officially Municipality of Esquipulas, whose original name was Yzquipulas, is the largest city located in the department of Chiquimula, in eastern Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Esquipulas and then experience rural life at Finca Los Girasoles.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Esquipulas trip planner .

You can drive from Quirigua to Esquipulas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Esquipulas

Historic Sites
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Basilica de Esquipulas ©
Basilica de Esquipulas
Finca Los Girasoles ©
Finca Los Girasoles

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