15 days in Guatemala & Houston Itinerary

15 days in Guatemala & Houston Itinerary

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15 days in Guatemala & Houston Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City, Guatemala
1
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
2
Panajachel, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Retalhuleu, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Panajachel, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  19​h 15​min
6
Houston, United States
— 2 nights
End: Houston, United States

4
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, nature, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina and see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Antigua online travel route planner .

Guatemala City to Antigua is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Thu) before leaving for Panajachel.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo

2
nights
Panajachel, Guatemala

Panajachel ©
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.
For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Panajachel vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Antigua to Panajachel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Panajachel

Museums
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AviMuseo de Arte de Atitlan ©
AviMuseo de Arte de Atitlan

2
nights
Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read Retalhuleu online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Panajachel to Retalhuleu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Panajachel in December, with highs in Retalhuleu at 38°C and lows at 24°C. You'll set off for Quetzaltenango on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks
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Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park

1
night
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Quetzaltenango ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): stop by Yabal Handicrafts and then contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano.

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Drive from Retalhuleu to Quetzaltenango in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Retalhuleu in December; daily highs in Quetzaltenango reach 24°C and lows reach 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Panajachel.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Catedral del Espiritu Santo ©
Catedral del Espiritu Santo
Yabal Handicrafts ©
Yabal Handicrafts

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nights
Panajachel, Guatemala

Panajachel
For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Panajachel travel route planning website .

Traveling by bus from Antigua to Panajachel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Panajachel can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Panajachel

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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2
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Houston, United States

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): meet the residents at Houston Zoo, then get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Minute Maid Park and then get in on the family fun at Kemah Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Houston day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Panajachel to Houston takes 33.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Panajachel in January; daily highs in Houston reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kemah Boardwalk
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Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
Kemah Boardwalk ©
Kemah Boardwalk
Room Escape Games

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