19 days in Guatemala Itinerary

19 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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19 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  17​h
1
Flores
— 3 nights
2
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Puerto Barrios
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Livingston
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  3​h 45​min
5
Izabal
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Coban
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
San Juan la Laguna
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 15​min
8
Antigua
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  12​h
End: Calgary

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ixpanpajul Nature Park and Piedras Negras. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas, don't miss a visit to Isla Principal Topoxte, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, and explore the ancient world of Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Flores route builder app .

Calgary, Canada to Flores is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Calgary to Flores. Traveling from Calgary in November, things will get warmer in Flores: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Peten
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©

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 4th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Tikal. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the ancient world of El Mirador.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park road trip planning site .

You can drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Barrios.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

El Mirador
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Tikal ©
Tikal
El Mirador ©
El Mirador

1
day
Puerto Barrios

Puerto Barrios
Puerto Barrios is a city in Guatemala, located within the Gulf of Honduras. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de La Inmaculada Concepcion and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta de Palma.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Barrios travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Puerto Barrios takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Puerto Barrios

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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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.
On the 7th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Seven Altars and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Livingston online route builder .

You can drive from Puerto Barrios to Livingston in 6.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Livingston can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Izabal.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

1
night
Izabal

Izabal ©
On the 8th (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs and then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Lara.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Izabal online driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Livingston to Izabal in 4 hours. Traveling from Livingston in December, expect nights in Izabal to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Coban.

Things to do in Izabal

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castillo de San Felipe de Lara
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Castillo de San Felipe de Lara ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Lara

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Orquigonia and then contemplate the waterfront views at Grutas del Rey Marcos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Biotopo del Quetzal and then explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Coban planner .

Drive from Izabal to Coban in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Izabal in December, with highs in Coban at 25°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal

2
nights
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 11th (Tue): look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco, explore and take pictures at Finca Xetuc, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox, look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan la Laguna driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Coban to San Juan la Laguna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Traveling from Coban in December, San Juan la Laguna is slightly colder at night with lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santiago Atitlan, San Marcos La Laguna
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Casa Flor Ixcaco ©
Casa Flor Ixcaco
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa Santo Domingo Museums and La Azotea Cultural Center. Do your shopping at Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum and Caoba Farms. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Convento Santa Clara, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, and examine the collection at ChocoMuseo.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Antigua trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from San Juan la Laguna to Antigua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Juan la Laguna in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Antigua. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

La Azotea
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

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