12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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12 days in Guatemala Itinerary

New York City
Fly:  19​h
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Flores
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
Antigua
— 5 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
San Juan la Laguna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Coban
— 1 night
shuttle:  1​h 15​min
Lanquin
— Few hours
Fly:  21​h 15​min
New York City

1
day
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 13th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park online trip maker .

New York City, USA to Tikal National Park is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Flores.

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Tikal ©
Tikal

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Biotope Cahui. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores and then explore the ancient world of Ruinas de Uaxactun.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Flores tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Flores takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Flores

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Cerro Biotope Cahui
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Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

4
days
Antigua

Antigua ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Casa del Jade. Escape the urban bustle at Volcán Pacaya and Caoba Farms. When in Antigua, make a side trip to see Zona Viva in Guatemala City, approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, explore the ancient world of Convento Santa Clara, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Antigua trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Flores to Antigua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Juan la Laguna.

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Side Trip

Zona Viva
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Zona Viva ©
Zona Viva
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

1
day
San Juan la Laguna

San Juan la Laguna ©
San Juan La Laguna is a municipality on the southern shore of Lago de Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala. On the 20th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco, and then look for gifts at Lema Association.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Juan la Laguna trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Antigua to San Juan la Laguna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Antigua in April, expect San Juan la Laguna to be little chillier, temps between 74°F and 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Coban.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

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Side Trip

Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
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Casa Flor Ixcaco ©
Casa Flor Ixcaco
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve

1
day
Coban

Coban ©
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 21st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Orquigonia.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Coban holiday planning tool .

Getting from San Juan la Laguna to Coban by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Juan la Laguna in April; daily highs in Coban reach 80°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Lanquin.

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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia

few
hours
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): Head underground at Grutas Las Marias and then explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lanquin tour itinerary tool .

Getting from Coban to Lanquin by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April, daytime highs in Lanquin are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

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