18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

18 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Antigua
— 7 nights
Fly
2
Flores
— 3 nights
Shuttle
3
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive
4
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Santiago Atitlan
— 2 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Barcelona International Airport

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Antigua

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Plaza Espana, La Aurora Zoo, &more). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and make a trip to The Plaza Central Park.

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Barcelona, Spain to Antigua is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Antigua is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect Antigua to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Flores.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Step out of Flores to go to El Remate and see Cerro Biotope Cahui, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, head outdoors with Mirador del Rey Canek, delve into the distant past at Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Flores trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Antigua to Flores in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Antigua in September: high temperatures in Flores hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lanquin

— 1 night
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 11th (Fri), head outdoors with Aventura Grande, then explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

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Traveling by shuttle from Flores to Lanquin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Lanquin sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

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: Retalhuleu (Xocomil & Xetulul Theme Park) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal, appreciate the history behind Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul, and see the interesting displays at Museo Ixkik' del Traje Maya.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango day trip site.

You can drive from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Lanquin in September, with highs in Quetzaltenango at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Santiago Atitlan

— 2 nights
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and finally explore the activities along Lake Atitlan. On the next day, get impressive views of Volcano Toliman.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santiago Atitlan online journey builder.

Drive from Quetzaltenango to Santiago Atitlan in 3 hours. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in September, expect Santiago Atitlan to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.