15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala tour planner

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Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Antigua
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Antigua
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Juan la Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 2 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Flores
— 2 nights
Bus
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Izabal
— 2 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Rio Cuarto

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Antigua

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Convento Santa Clara and Food Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Centro Cultural La Azotea, look for gifts at Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, and contemplate the long history of Casa Popenoe.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Antigua trip itinerary builder tool.

Rio Cuarto, Argentina to Antigua is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Rio Cuarto to Antigua. Traveling from Rio Cuarto in December, things will get little chillier in Antigua: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

San Juan la Laguna

— 2 nights
San Juan La Laguna is a municipality on the southern shore of Lago de Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala. On the 3rd (Mon), stroll through Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco. On the next day, get outside with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Indian Nose, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Juan la Laguna online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Antigua to San Juan la Laguna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in January, San Juan la Laguna is a bit cooler at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

Shopping · Parks · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Quetzaltenango

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, then gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, and then explore the striking landscape at Fuentes Georginas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chicabal.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Juan la Laguna to Quetzaltenango takes 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Juan la Laguna in January: highs in Quetzaltenango hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Tikal National Park

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 7th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Tikal National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Flores.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
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Flores

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, then stroll through Cerro Biotope Cahui, and then explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, then head outdoors with Actún Can, and then stroll through Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Flores route planner.

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Flores takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Flores are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Izabal.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Izabal

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Sand Bay and then steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Izabal road trip website.

Take a bus from Flores to Izabal in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Flores, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Izabal, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 23°C. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Izabal

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

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.