16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + shuttle:  14​h 45​min
1
Antigua
— 6 nights
shuttle:  2​h
2
Chichicastenango
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Lanquin
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Chicago


6
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.
Head to Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales and Paseo Cayalafor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Zona Viva and Volcán Pacaya. Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, look for gifts at Joyeria C'Santos Antigua, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Francisco, and explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Antigua online tour itinerary planner .

Chicago, USA to Antigua is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago in February, expect Antigua to be much warmer, temps between 76°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to take a shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

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Guatemala City
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

2
nights
Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango ©
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.
On the 20th (Tue), examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya and then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Reserva Natural Atitlán and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Atitlan.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chichicastenango itinerary maker app .

Getting from Antigua to Chichicastenango by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Antigua in February since evenings lows in Chichicastenango dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan
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Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya ©
Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya

3
nights
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 23rd (Fri): get outside with Aventura Grande and then explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Lanquin Caves.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lanquin holiday planner.

Drive from Chichicastenango to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chichicastenango in February since evenings lows in Lanquin dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Aventura Grande ©
Aventura Grande

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 next day, explore the striking landscape of Tikal.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Tikal National Park travel planning website .

You can drive from Lanquin to Tikal National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cerro Biotope Cahui, Yaxha National Park
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui

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