9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
+4
shuttle + Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  8​h
Panajachel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Guatemala City
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
night
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 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tikal.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Tikal National Park online trip maker .

Chicago, USA to Tikal National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. On the 9th (Mon), you'll travel to Panajachel.

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Tikal ©
Tikal

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): trek along Reserva Natural Atitlán and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Atitlan. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Francis, then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, and then examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Panajachel trip planner .

Getting from Tikal National Park to Panajachel by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Panajachel can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Panajachel

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Church of St Francis ©
Church of St Francis

3
nights
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Get in touch with nature at La Aurora Zoo and Volcán Pacaya. Head to Zona Viva and Paseo Cayalafor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Guatemala City side-trips: Antigua (Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales & Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum). There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Mercado Central, get a sense of history and politics at Edificio de Correos Central, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Guatemala City trip maker website .

You can drive from Panajachel to Guatemala City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Panajachel in April, expect Guatemala City to be a bit warmer, temps between 80°F and 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

#Shopping, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Antigua
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Paseo Cayala ©
Paseo Cayala
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

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