17 days in Guatemala Itinerary

17 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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17 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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

7
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales and Iglesia de La Merced. Do your shopping at Paseo Cayala and Mercado Central. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Museo Popol Vuh, Zona Viva, & more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, and make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Antigua journey maker app .

Chicago, USA to Antigua is an approximately 15-hour flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in February; daily highs in Antigua reach 76°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Antigua

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #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
days
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 16th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Atitlan and then trek along Reserva Natural Atitlán. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Tomas Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Francis, and then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichicastenango sightseeing planner.

Take a shuttle from Antigua to Chichicastenango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 39°F in Chichicastenango. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Trails

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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan
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Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church

3
days
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Visiting Monumento Natural Semuc Champey and Candelaria Caves will get you outdoors.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lanquin trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Chichicastenango to Lanquin in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Chichicastenango in February, Lanquin is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 55°F. You'll set off for Tikal National Park on the 22nd (Thu).

Things to do in Lanquin

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

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Candelaria Caves
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Candelaria Caves ©
Candelaria Caves
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

1
day
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
On the 23rd (Fri), delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park online trip maker .

Drive from Lanquin to Tikal National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

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

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