16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Antigua
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Antigua
— 5 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

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Convento Santa Clara and Catedral de San Jose. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, La Aurora Zoo, &more). There's still lots to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, examine the collection at Centro Cultural La Azotea, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua online holiday planner.

Rio Cuarto, Argentina to Antigua is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio Cuarto to Antigua is minus 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rio Cuarto in December, with highs in Antigua at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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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 4th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, take in the awesome beauty at Indian Nose, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Juan la Laguna visit planner.

You can drive from Antigua to San Juan la Laguna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Antigua in January since evenings lows in San Juan la Laguna dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

Parks · Shopping · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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 6th (Thu): get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Fuentes Georginas. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Quetzaltenango road trip tool.

Traveling by car from San Juan la Laguna to Quetzaltenango takes 2 hours. Traveling from San Juan la Laguna in January, you will find days in Quetzaltenango are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Tikal National Park

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 8th (Sat), take an unorthodox tour of Tikal.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tikal National Park online visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Tikal National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Flores.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
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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.
On the 9th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Biotope Cahui, and then delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, head outdoors with Actún Can, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

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Drive from Tikal National Park to Flores in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Flores can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Izabal.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Izabal

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll through Playa Sand Bay and then steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Izabal journey planner.

You can take a bus from Flores to Izabal in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Flores in January, you will find days in Izabal are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Izabal

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

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.