13 days in Guatemala & Nicaragua Itinerary

13 days in Guatemala & Nicaragua Itinerary

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13 days in Guatemala & Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly + shuttle:  10​h 30​min
1
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
3
Retalhuleu, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h
5
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
6
Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
7
Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica


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1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 21st (Fri), delve into the distant past at Tikal.

Before you visit Tikal National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Tikal National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, bus, and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

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Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

1
day
Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin and then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lanquin travel planner.

Getting from Tikal National Park to Lanquin by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey

1
night
Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the ancient world of Tak'alik Ab'aj, then examine the collection at XULIK Parque Museo, and then find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Retalhuleu trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Lanquin to Retalhuleu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In June in Retalhuleu, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tak'alik Ab'aj, XULIK Parque Museo
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Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
XULIK Parque Museo ©
XULIK Parque Museo

1
night
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan.

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You can drive from Retalhuleu to Santiago Atitlan in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Retalhuleu in June, expect Santiago Atitlan to be a bit cooler, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

3
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

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.
Go for a jaunt from Antigua to Guatemala City to see La Aurora Zoo about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Antigua vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Antigua are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

La Aurora Zoo
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

2
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, and then get impressive views of Volcan cerro negro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Penitas and then get impressive views of Telica Volcano.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Leon trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Antigua to Leon in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in June, expect Leon to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Volcan cerro negro ©
Volcan cerro negro
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©

3
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Get out of town with these interesting Granada side-trips: Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, look for gifts at Tio Antonio Hamaca, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Leon to Granada in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Apoyo, Mirador de Catarina
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Mombacho ©
Mombacho
Apoyo
Apoyo

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