15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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15 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
Fly + Drive:  15​h 30​min
1
Chichicastenango
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Coban
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Quirigua
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Izabal
— 1 night
taxi + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
6
Tikal National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Flores
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
8
Antigua
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Las Vegas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Lemoa, contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichicastenango visit planning website .

Las Vegas, USA to Chichicastenango is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, you will find days in Chichicastenango are a bit warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Laguna Lemoa
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Laguna Lemoa ©
Laguna Lemoa
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj

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Lanquin

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 5th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lanquin online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chichicastenango to Lanquin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Chichicastenango in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Lanquin: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Coban.

Things to do in Lanquin

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Grottes de la Candelaria, then identify plant and animal life at Biotopo del Quetzal, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Orquigonia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Grutas del Rey Marcos, then take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz, and then Head underground at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Coban day trip planning site .

You can drive from Lanquin to Coban in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lanquin in December, with highs in Coban at 71°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Quirigua.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Grutas del Rey Marcos ©
Grutas del Rey Marcos

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Quirigua

Quirigua ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Quirigua day trip site .

Getting from Coban to Quirigua by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and taxi. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Izabal.

Things to do in Quirigua

Historic Sites
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Izabal

Izabal
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of Cascada de Agua Caliente, and then admire the sheer force of Hot waterfall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Izabal trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Quirigua to Izabal by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Izabal

Parks Nature
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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 10th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Tikal.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and shuttle from Izabal to Tikal National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Flores.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas and Actún Can. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park and Jorge's Rope Swing. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun, see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, and identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Flores road trip planning app .

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Flores in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Flores can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park
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Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Convento Santa Clara and La Recoleccion. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Arco de Santa Catalina and Convento de las Capuchinas. Step out of Antigua with an excursion to Palacio Nacional in Guatemala City--about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, browse the eclectic array of goods at Caoba Farms, and don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Antigua day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Flores to Antigua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Flores in December; daily highs in Antigua reach 74°F and lows reach 55°F. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Palacio Nacional, La Azotea
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
La Recoleccion ©
La Recoleccion

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