16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip planner
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Fly
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Antigua
— 7 nights
Shuttle to Panajachel, Taxi to Santa Cruz La Laguna
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Santa Cruz La Laguna
— 2 nights
Fly
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Peten
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Lanquin
— 3 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Cincinnati

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Antigua — 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Iximche (in Tecpan), Chateau DeFay (in Santa Maria de Jesus) and Guatemala City (Mundo Petapa Irtra, La Merced, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral de Santiago, and examine the collection at ChocoMuseo.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Antigua trip planner.

Cincinnati, USA to Antigua is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cincinnati to Antigua is minus 1 hour. In December, Antigua is warmer than Cincinnati - with highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Cruz La Laguna.
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Santa Cruz La Laguna — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): look for gifts at Manos Crucenas Artisan Store, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago de Atitlan, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Los Elementos Day Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Santa Cruz Spanish School.

Start your trip to Santa Cruz La Laguna by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and taxi from Antigua to Santa Cruz La Laguna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Cruz La Laguna when traveling from Antigua in December, with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Peten.
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Peten — 2 nights

On the 27th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Isla Principal Topoxte and then delve into the distant past at Yaxha National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Peten visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Peten takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tikal National Park.
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Tikal National Park — 1 night

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Tikal.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Peten to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lanquin.
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Lanquin — 3 nights

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 30th (Fri), Head underground at Lanquin Caves. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Aventura Grande, admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lanquin vacation maker tool.

Getting from Tikal National Park to Lanquin by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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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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