9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City
Drive:  45​min
Antigua
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
Panajachel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Quetzaltenango
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
Antigua
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
Guatemala City
— 1 night
End: Guatemala City

2
nights
Antigua

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Plaza Central Park as well as Volcán Pacaya. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, stop by La Casa del Algodon, and then don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua driving holiday app .

Guatemala City to Antigua is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. March in Antigua sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Quetzaltenango.

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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Casa del Algodon ©
La Casa del Algodon

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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.
Iximche has been added to your itinerary. On the 26th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Francis, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Tomas Church, and then delve into the distant past at Iximche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Atitlán, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Atitlan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Panajachel tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Quetzaltenango to Panajachel by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. March in Panajachel sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Panajachel

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Side Trips

Santo Tomas Church, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church

1
night
Quetzaltenango

Quetzaltenango ©
Named for the Quetzal bird--one of Guatemala's national symbols--Quetzaltenango once included the territories controlled by K'iche' Mayans, a pre-Columbian tribe eventually supplanted by Spanish conquistadores.
On the 25th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Espiritu Santo, don't miss a visit to Central Plaza, and then get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano.

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Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Quetzaltenango takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March, Quetzaltenango is little chillier than Antigua - with highs of 72°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Panajachel.

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Catedral del Espiritu Santo ©
Catedral del Espiritu Santo

1
night
Antigua

Antigua ©
To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Antigua vacation planning site .

Traveling by bus from Panajachel to Antigua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Panajachel in March; daily highs in Antigua reach 78°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

1
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Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tikal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Biotope Cahui.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

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Side Trip

Cerro Biotope Cahui
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui

1
night
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Guatemala City trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Guatemala City in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In March in Guatemala City, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 55°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for home.

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Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana

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