15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Guatemala City
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Lanquin
— 1 night
shuttle:  5​h
5
Flores
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

4
nights
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Explore Guatemala City's surroundings by going to Antigua (Volcán Pacaya, Arco de Santa Catalina, & more). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at La Aurora Zoo, examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, stroll around Cerrito del Carmen, and make a trip to Iglesia Santo domingo.

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Vancouver, Canada to Guatemala City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to Guatemala City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vancouver in November, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Guatemala City: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Antigua
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

3
nights
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.
Explore Quetzaltenango's surroundings by going to Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, look for gifts at Ketzali Accessories, examine the collection at Lxkik Maya Museum, and admire the striking features of Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Quetzaltenango vacation builder tool .

Getting from Guatemala City to Quetzaltenango by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Guatemala City in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Quetzaltenango, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Xetulul Theme Park, Fuentes Georginas
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan.

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Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Santiago Atitlan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Quetzaltenango in November since evenings lows in Santiago Atitlan dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church
Cojolya Museum and Store ©
Cojolya Museum and Store

1
night
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): Head underground at Lanquin Caves, then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lanquin day trip planning site .

You can drive from Santiago Atitlan to Lanquin in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santiago Atitlan in November: high temperatures in Lanquin hover around 36°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Flores.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

3
nights
Flores

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Flores is known for historic sites, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, head outdoors with Actún Can, look for all kinds of wild species at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Flores online day trip planner .

You can take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lanquin in November: highs in Flores hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing

2
nights
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the ancient world of Tikal.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tikal National Park online journey planner .

You can drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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