15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Valdosta
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Antigua
— 5 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
San Juan la Laguna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Retalhuleu
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Flores
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Quirigua
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  3​h 15​min
7
Livingston
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Valdosta

5
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Convento Santa Clara and Arco de Santa Catalina. Explore hidden gems such as Casa del Jade and Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum. Step out of Antigua to go to Guatemala City and see Zona Viva, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at La Recoleccion, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and see the interesting displays at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua trip planning site .

Valdosta, USA to Antigua is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Valdosta to Antigua, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Valdosta in June; daily highs in Antigua reach 77°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Parks

Side Trips

Zona Viva, Valhalla Experimental Station
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Indian Nose and then stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Juan la Laguna route planner.

You can drive from Antigua to San Juan la Laguna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Antigua in June, with highs in San Juan la Laguna at 70°F and lows at 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Indian Nose
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Casa Flor Ixcaco ©
Casa Flor Ixcaco
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose

1
night
Retalhuleu

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. On the 13th (Wed), cool off at Xocomil.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Retalhuleu tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Juan la Laguna to Retalhuleu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from San Juan la Laguna in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Retalhuleu, with highs around 89°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 73°F. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Flores.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

#Theme Parks
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Xocomil ©
Xocomil

2
nights
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 (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park and then identify plant and animal life at Cerro Biotope Cahui. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, delve into the distant past at Ruinas de Uaxactun, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Actún Can.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Flores trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Retalhuleu to Flores in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Cerro Biotope Cahui, Actún Can
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Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui

2
nights
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 16th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Tikal.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park vacation planner.

Drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Quirigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

1
night
Quirigua

Quirigua ©
To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Quirigua road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Tikal National Park to Quirigua in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Quirigua can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Livingston.

Things to do in Quirigua

#Historic Sites
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1
night
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Dulce. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Seven Altars and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Livingston road trip website .

You can take a bus from Quirigua to Livingston in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Quirigua in June, expect nights in Livingston to be about the same, around 74°F, while days are slightly colder, around 88°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Livingston

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Rio Dulce ©
Rio Dulce
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

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