12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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Antigua
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Panajachel, Taxi to Santa Cruz La Laguna
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Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 1 night
Drive
3
Quetzaltenango
— 1 night
Drive
4
Lanquin
— 1 day
Drive
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Tikal National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Peten
— 2 nights
Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to Reykjavik

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Antigua

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Antigua to Guatemala City to see La Aurora Zoo about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua trip itinerary planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Antigua is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Antigua due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in September: highs in Antigua hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

Santa Cruz La Laguna

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stop by Manos Crucenas Artisan Store and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago de Atitlan.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz La Laguna vacation app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Antigua to Santa Cruz La Laguna in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz La Laguna can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

Quetzaltenango

— 1 night
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.
On the 25th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Central Plaza, then stop by Yabal Handicrafts, and then contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Quetzaltenango road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Quetzaltenango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Traveling from Santa Cruz La Laguna in September, expect Quetzaltenango to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

Lanquin

— 1 day
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 26th (Wed), get outside with Aventura Grande and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lanquin trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Quetzaltenango in September: high temperatures in Lanquin hover around 39°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Lanquin

Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Tikal National Park

— 1 day
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park day trip planning app.

Getting from Lanquin to Tikal National Park by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. You will leave for Peten on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Peten

— 2 nights
On the 28th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Isla Principal Topoxte, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, and then explore the ancient world of Yaxha National Park. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

Plan my day in Peten using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Peten takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Peten

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

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.