7 days in Tikal National Park, Lake Atitlan & Huehuetenango Itinerary

7 days in Tikal National Park, Lake Atitlan & Huehuetenango Itinerary

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7 days in Tikal National Park, Lake Atitlan & Huehuetenango Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Tikal National Park
— 1 day
+4
shuttle + Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  8​h
2
Panajachel
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
3
Santiago Atitlan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Huehuetenango
— 1 night
Drive:  31​h
End: Detroit

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day
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Tikal.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Detroit, USA to Tikal National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Detroit to Tikal National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Panajachel.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Francis, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Catarina Palopo Church, don't miss a visit to Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo, then see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya, then don't miss a visit to Casa Cakchiquel, and finally take in the exciting artwork at La Galeria.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Panajachel journey planner.

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Tikal National Park to Panajachel in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Panajachel

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

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Santa Catarina Palopo
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La Galeria ©
La Galeria
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church
Church of St Francis ©
Church of St Francis

2
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, soothe aching muscles at Mystical Yoga Farm, then look for gifts at Salud Para Vida The Health Food Store, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Peter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco, then stop by Lema Association, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Imox, and finally explore and take pictures at Finca Xetuc.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Santiago Atitlan tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Panajachel to Santiago Atitlan by car takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Santiago Atitlan can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Huehuetenango.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Shopping Museums Spas

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna
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Mystical Yoga Farm ©
Mystical Yoga Farm
Galeria Imox ©
Galeria Imox
Church of St Peter ©
Church of St Peter

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Huehuetenango

Huehuetenango
Huehuetenango is a city and a municipality in the highlands of western Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the ancient world of Ruinas de Zaculeu.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Huehuetenango tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to Huehuetenango takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Santiago Atitlan in January since evenings lows in Huehuetenango dip to 42°F. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Huehuetenango

Historic Sites
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