9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Guatemala City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Panajachel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Retalhuleu
— 1 night
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
4
Peten
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Tikal National Park
— 1 day
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like La Aurora Zoo and Relief Map. Change things up with these side-trips from Guatemala City: Antigua (Volcán Pacaya, Church of San Francisco, & more).

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Guatemala City trip itinerary tool .

Chicago, USA to Guatemala City is an approximately 14-hour flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in April, with highs in Guatemala City at 80°F and lows at 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Panajachel.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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Antigua
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La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Relief Map ©
Relief Map
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya

1
night
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 11th (Wed): hike along Reserva Natural Atitlán and then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Panajachel road trip planner.

You can drive from Guatemala City to Panajachel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Guatemala City in April: high temperatures in Panajachel hover around 74°F and lows are around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Panajachel

Parks Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán

1
night
Retalhuleu

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Retalhuleu trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Panajachel to Retalhuleu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Panajachel in April, you will find days in Retalhuleu are a bit warmer (93°F), and nights are much warmer (73°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Peten.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks
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Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park

1
night
Peten

Peten
For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Peten day trip site .

Getting from Retalhuleu to Peten by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. You'll set off for Tikal National Park on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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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.
On the 14th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tikal.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tikal National Park travel planner.

Traveling by car from Peten to Tikal National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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