14 days in Guatemala Itinerary

14 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip planner
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Antigua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Panajachel
— 4 nights
Drive
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Retalhuleu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antigua
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Guatemala City
— 1 night

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Antigua — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral de Santiago.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is La Aurora Airport. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Panajachel.
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Historic Sites
Side Trip

Panajachel — 4 nights

A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
Panajachel is known for wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Atitlán.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Panajachel travel planner.

Take a shuttle from Antigua to Panajachel in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Panajachel can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. On the 5th (Fri), you'll travel to Retalhuleu.
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Parks · Wildlife
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Retalhuleu — 2 nights

The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park.

Discover how to plan a Retalhuleu trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Panajachel to Retalhuleu by combination of taxi and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Panajachel in August: high temperatures in Retalhuleu hover around 91°F and lows are around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Quetzaltenango.
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Theme Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), and then see the interesting displays at Museo Ixkik' del Traje Maya.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Quetzaltenango attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Retalhuleu to Quetzaltenango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Retalhuleu in August: high temperatures in Quetzaltenango hover around 71°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Antigua.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Antigua — 2 nights

Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Volcán Pacaya and Iglesia de La Merced. Explore Antigua further: examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, steep yourself in history at Casa Popenoe, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, and explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Antigua vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Antigua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Quetzaltenango in August, with highs in Antigua at 78°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Guatemala City.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Guatemala City — 1 night

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The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
On the 12th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Palacio Nacional.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Guatemala City trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Antigua to Guatemala City in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 61°F. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your trip

Guatemala travel guide

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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.
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