17 days in Guatemala Itinerary

17 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Antigua
— 6 nights
Drive
2
Quetzaltenango
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Lanquin
— 1 night
Shuttle
4
Flores
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to Santa Genoveva Airport

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Antigua

— 6 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to La Aurora Zoo and Museo Popol Vuh. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Mundo Petapa Irtra, Plaza Espana, &more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Antigua vacation planning app.

Goiania, Brazil to Antigua is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Goiania to Antigua is minus 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Goiania in January; daily highs in Antigua reach 27°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Quetzaltenango

— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Xetulul Theme Park and Laguna Chicabal will thrill your kids. Explore Quetzaltenango's surroundings by going to Panajachel (Hotel Atitlan Gardens & Reserva Natural Atitlán) and Xocomil (in Retalhuleu). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, look for gifts at Yabal Handicrafts, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Quetzaltenango, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Antigua to Quetzaltenango in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in January, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Quetzaltenango. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lanquin

— 1 night
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 25th (Mon): get outside with Aventura Grande, then explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lanquin trip planner.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Quetzaltenango in January: highs in Lanquin hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Flores

— 3 nights
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Bring the kids along to Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Actún Can. When in Flores, make a side trip to see Cerro Biotope Cahui in El Remate, approximately El Remate away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, and explore the ancient world of Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal.

Before you visit Flores, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Lanquin to Flores by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lanquin in January; daily highs in Flores reach 28°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Tikal National Park

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 29th (Fri), make a trip to Tikal.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park trip planning site.

Drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your 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.