9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Ottawa
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Flores
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  4​h
Panajachel
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
Antigua
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + bus + train:  12​h 30​min
Ottawa

1
day
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 28th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, explore the ancient world of Ruinas de Uaxactun, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Flores trip builder app .

Ottawa, Canada to Flores is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Panajachel.

Things to do in Flores

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

2
days
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.
On the 29th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Francis and then contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Atitlan, take a memorable tour with Reserva Natural Atitlán, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Cakchiquel.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Panajachel trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Flores to Panajachel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Panajachel can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Panajachel

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Chichi Cemetery ©
Chichi Cemetery

3
days
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Convento Santa Clara and Spas & Wellness. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia de la Merced and Arco de Santa Catalina. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and examine the collection at ChocoMuseo.

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

Getting from Panajachel to Antigua by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Panajachel in January since evenings lows in Antigua dip to 15°C. You will leave for home on the 4th (Sun).

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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