16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala trip planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Panajachel
— 4 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive
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Guatemala City
— 7 nights
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panajachel: Colonial Church (in Santiago Atitlan), Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango) and Los Elementos Day Spa (in Santa Cruz La Laguna). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lago de Atitlan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Catarina Palopo Church, delve into the distant past at Iximche, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Atitlán.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Panajachel trip planner.

London, UK to Panajachel is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from London in May, things will get a bit warmer in Panajachel: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.
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Tikal National Park — 2 nights

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tikal National Park trip planner.

Getting from Panajachel to Tikal National Park by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel to Lanquin.
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Historic Sites
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Lanquin — 1 night

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 14th (Sat): get outside with Aventura Grande, explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lanquin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Lanquin takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Lanquin are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Guatemala City.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Guatemala City — 7 nights

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau DeFay (in Santa Maria de Jesus) and Antigua (Volcán Pacaya, Casa Santo Domingo Museums, &more). The adventure continues: meet the residents at La Aurora Zoo, examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, make a trip to Relief Map, and get engrossed in the history at Palacio Nacional.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Guatemala City online travel planner.

Drive from Lanquin to Guatemala City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lanquin in May, with highs in Guatemala City at 31°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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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