17 days in Guatemala Itinerary

17 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Guatemala vacation planner
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Fly
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Antigua
— 7 nights
Shuttle
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Chichicastenango
— 1 night
Shuttle
3
Coban
— 1 night
Drive
4
Lanquin
— 1 night
Shuttle
5
Flores
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
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Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Volcán Pacaya and Arco de Santa Catalina. Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (La Merced, Paseo Cayala, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, get impressive views of Volcan de Agua, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and contemplate the long history of Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua attractions planner.

New York City, USA to Antigua is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in September since evenings lows in Antigua dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Chichicastenango.
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Chichicastenango — 1 night

Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Chichicastenango vacation builder tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Antigua to Chichicastenango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Antigua in September: high temperatures in Chichicastenango hover around 69°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Coban.
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Coban — 1 night

Located at the center of one of the country's primary coffee growing areas, the affluent city of Coban offerss a scattered few cultural attractions, a relaxed and welcoming vibe, and proximity to a wealth of natural highlights.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz, tour the pleasant surroundings at Orquigonia, and then explore the striking landscape at Grottes de la Candelaria.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Coban trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Chichicastenango to Coban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Chichicastenango in September, with highs in Coban at 79°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Lanquin.
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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 24th (Sat): head outdoors with Aventura Grande, explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lanquin online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Coban to Lanquin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Coban in September, with highs in Lanquin at 92°F and lows at 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Flores.
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Flores — 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Catedral de Flores. Step out of Flores with an excursion to Cerro Biotope Cahui in El Remate--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, delve into the distant past at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, and get to know the resident critters at Petencito Zoo.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Flores journey planning site.

Take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): delve into the mystery of Tikal.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park itinerary planner.

Drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) 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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