20 days in Guatemala Itinerary

20 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Grand Rapids
fly:  7 h
1
Guatemala City
— 4 nights
Bus:  10 h
2
Flores
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  7 h 15 min
3
Quetzaltenango
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Panajachel
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
5
Antigua
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  27 h
End: Manila, Luzon

4
nights
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo del Ferrocarril as well as Museo Miraflores. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Popol Vuh and Museo Numismatico de Guatemala. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Palacio Nacional, delve into the distant past at Pinula Aqueduct, get impressive views of Volcan de Fuego, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Guatemala City trip itinerary website.

Grand Rapids, USA to Guatemala City is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Rapids to Guatemala City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Rapids in October, expect Guatemala City to be a bit warmer, temps between 76°F and 61°F. You will leave for Flores on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Nature Parks
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Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena ©
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena
National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology ©

2
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Ixpanpajul Nature Park and Museo del Islote Santa Barbara. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores.

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Getting from Guatemala City to Flores by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Guatemala City in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Flores: highs are around 86°F and lows about 72°F. On the 8th (Tue), you'll travel to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Flores

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores
Museo del Islote Santa Barbara ©
Museo del Islote Santa Barbara

5
nights
Quetzaltenango

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.
Catedral del Espiritu Santo and Tak'alik Ab'aj will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Maria Volcano and San Andres Xecul. Get out of town with these interesting Quetzaltenango side-trips: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil), XULIK Parque Museo (in Santa Cruz Mulua) and Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo (in Santa Clara La Laguna). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), get impressive views of Santiaguito Volcano, pause for some photo ops at Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, and examine the collection at Lxkik Maya Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Flores to Quetzaltenango takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Flores in October: highs in Quetzaltenango hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Panajachel.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fuentes Georginas, XULIK Parque Museo, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Tak'alik Ab'aj, San Andres Xecul
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Santiaguito Volcano ©
Santiaguito Volcano
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Catedral del Espiritu Santo ©
Catedral del Espiritu Santo

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colonial Church and Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Museum. Iximche and Church of St Francis will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panajachel: Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna (in San Juan la Laguna) and Tzunun' Ya' (in San Pedro La Laguna). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, make a trip to Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo, examine the collection at AviMuseo de Arte de Atitlan, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Lacustre de Atitlan.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Panajachel trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Quetzaltenango to Panajachel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In October, Panajachel is somewhat warmer than Quetzaltenango - with highs of 76°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Panajachel

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, Colonial Church, Lake Atitlan, Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo, Tzunun' Ya'
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Museo Lacustre de Atitlan ©
Museo Lacustre de Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church
Church of St Francis ©
Church of St Francis

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to San Jose El Viejo, and then explore the ancient world of Convento Santa Clara. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, then take an in-depth tour of La Azotea, then get engrossed in the history at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Jose.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Antigua trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Panajachel to Antigua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In October in Antigua, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

La Azotea
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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