19 days in Guatemala Itinerary

19 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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19 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Flores
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Peten
— 2 nights
taxi + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
3
Lanquin
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Panajachel
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Pedro La Laguna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Antigua
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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 21st (Tue): head outdoors with Cuevas de Ak'tun Kan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Flores itinerary builder.

Los Angeles, USA to Flores is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Peten.

Things to do in Flores

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Actún Can ©
Actún Can

2
nights
Peten

Peten
To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Peten travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Flores to Peten by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 24th (Fri), you're off toLanquin.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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2
nights
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monumento Natural Semuc Champey as well as Lanquin Caves. On the 23rd (Thu), Head underground at Grutas Las Marias and then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lanquin trip generator.

Take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 58°F. You will leave for Panajachel on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks
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Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

3
nights
Panajachel

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Jenna's Galeria. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panajachel: Solola Market (in Solola) and Santa Cruz Spanish School (in Santa Cruz La Laguna). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Casa Cakchiquel, see the interesting displays at La Galeria, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Francis, and don't miss a visit to San Antonio Palopo.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Panajachel sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Panajachel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Lanquin in November, Panajachel is slightly colder at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Panajachel

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Antonio Palopo, Solola Market, Santa Cruz Spanish School
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Solola Market ©
Solola Market
Santa Cruz Spanish School ©
Santa Cruz Spanish School
Church of St Francis ©
Church of St Francis

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Central Plaza and Food Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Santiaguito Volcano and Climbing Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Espiritu Santo and stop by Ketzali Accessories.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Quetzaltenango itinerary maker.

Drive from Panajachel to Quetzaltenango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in November, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Tours Nature Parks
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Climbing Tours
Santiaguito Volcano ©
Santiaguito Volcano
Catedral del Espiritu Santo ©
Catedral del Espiritu Santo

2
nights
San Pedro La Laguna

San Pedro La Laguna ©
Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco, then look for gifts at Lema Association, then get outside with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Imox. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): look for gifts at Salud Para Vida The Health Food Store, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro La Laguna itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to San Pedro La Laguna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daytime highs in San Pedro La Laguna are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo
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Galeria Imox ©
Galeria Imox
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Casa Flor Ixcaco ©
Casa Flor Ixcaco

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Caoba Farms and Photography Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Valhalla Experimental Station and Volcan de Agua. The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, delve into the distant past at La Recoleccion, stop by Casa del Jade, and make a trip to San Jose El Viejo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Antigua trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Pedro La Laguna to Antigua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 55°F in Antigua. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Valhalla Experimental Station
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Caoba Farms ©
Caoba Farms
Valhalla Experimental Station ©
Valhalla Experimental Station
Simoon! Rentals & Tours ©
Simoon! Rentals & Tours

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