9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  21​h
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Flores
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
Coban
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
Antigua
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  12​h
San Francisco

1
day
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 20th (Tue), stroll through Tikal.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park trip itinerary planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Tikal National Park is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tikal National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Flores.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

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Tikal ©
Tikal

2
days
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 (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park and then identify plant and animal life at Cerro Biotope Cahui. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores and then explore the ancient world of Ruinas de Uaxactun.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Flores trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Flores takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Coban.

Things to do in Flores

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cerro Biotope Cahui
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Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

1
day
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 23rd (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Orquigonia and then identify plant and animal life at Biotopo del Quetzal.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Coban planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Flores to Coban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. March in Coban sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Coban

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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Convento Santa Clara and Antigua Tabaco Compania S.A.. You'll explore and learn at Casa Santo Domingo Museums and National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, look for gifts at JADES ANTIGUA, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Antigua trip maker .

You can take a bus from Coban to Antigua in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Nature

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National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
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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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