9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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

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Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Family-friendly places like La Aurora Zoo and Relief Map will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Antigua (Volcán Pacaya, Church of San Francisco, & more).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Guatemala City trip builder app .

Chicago, USA to Guatemala City is an approximately 14-hour flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in April; daily highs in Guatemala City reach 80°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can 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
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Relief Map ©
Relief Map

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

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Panajachel itinerary builder .

Drive from Guatemala City to Panajachel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Guatemala City in April, things will get a bit cooler in Panajachel: highs are around 74°F and lows about 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Panajachel

#Parks, #Trails, #Wildlife

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

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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 see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Retalhuleu trip site .

You can 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, expect nights in Retalhuleu to be warmer, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 93°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

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day
Peten

Peten
To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Peten holiday maker website .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Retalhuleu to Peten in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. You will leave for Tikal National Park on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Peten

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tikal National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Peten to Tikal National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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