12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Antigua
— 3 nights
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Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 1 night
3
Quetzaltenango
— 1 night
4
Lanquin
— 1 day
5
Tikal National Park
— 1 day
6
Peten
— 2 nights

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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.
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 18-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

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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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Santa Cruz La Laguna

Santa Cruz La Laguna ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stop by Manos Crucenas Artisan Store and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake 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

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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Manos Crucenas Artisan Store ©
Manos Crucenas Artisan Store

1
night
Quetzaltenango

Quetzaltenango ©
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
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Central Plaza ©
Central Plaza
Yabal Handicrafts ©
Yabal Handicrafts

1
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Lanquin

Lanquin ©
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 admire the sheer force of 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
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Aventura Grande ©
Aventura Grande

1
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Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park
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

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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2
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Peten

Peten ©
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: look for all kinds of wild species at 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 2 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

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Isla Principal Topoxte ©
Isla Principal Topoxte
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

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