16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Retalhuleu
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Retalhuleu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive
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Panajachel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive
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Guatemala City
— 4 nights
Fly

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Retalhuleu

— 2 nights
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): have fun at Dino Park, then find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park, and then cool off at Xocomil. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at XULIK Parque Museo and then delve into the distant past at Tak'alik Ab'aj.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Retalhuleu travel route planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Retalhuleu is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Retalhuleu is minus 16 hours. In September, Retalhuleu is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Quetzaltenango

— 3 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quetzaltenango: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Mayan Dynasty Tours (in San Juan la Laguna). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, make a trip to Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, and pause for some serene contemplation at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora).

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Retalhuleu to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Retalhuleu in September; daily highs in Quetzaltenango reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Panajachel.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Panajachel

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panajachel: Chichicastenango (Santo Tomas Church & Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan, make a trip to San Antonio Palopo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catarina Palopo Church, and identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Atitlán.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Panajachel day trip planner.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Panajachel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Quetzaltenango in September; daily highs in Panajachel reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Panajachel

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lanquin

— 1 night
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get outside with Aventura Grande, admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lanquin attractions planner.

You can drive from Panajachel to Lanquin in 5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Panajachel in October, with highs in Lanquin at 38°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Guatemala City

— 4 nights

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guatemala City: Antigua (Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, Cerro de la Cruz, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at La Aurora Zoo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, find something for the whole family at Mundo Petapa Irtra, and buy something for everyone on your list at Paseo Cayala.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Guatemala City travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Guatemala City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in October, things will get little chillier in Guatemala City: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.