7 days in Lake Atitlan Itinerary

7 days in Lake Atitlan Itinerary

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7 days in Lake Atitlan Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
San Juan la Laguna
— 1 night
Ferry:  1​h 15​min
2
Santa Catarina Palopo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Charlotte

1
night
San Juan la Laguna

San Juan la Laguna ©
San Juan La Laguna is a municipality on the southern shore of Lago de Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala. On the 24th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Imox, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, explore and take pictures at Finca Xetuc, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Peter, and finally stop by Lema Association. On the next day, get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, look for gifts at Salud Para Vida The Health Food Store, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then stop by Asociacion de Mujeres en Colores Botanico, and finally stop by Aj Toooneel Ixoq.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Juan la Laguna trip planner .

Charlotte, USA to San Juan la Laguna is an approximately 48.5-hour car ride. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Charlotte to San Juan la Laguna due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in December, expect nights in San Juan la Laguna to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Catarina Palopo.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, Santiago Atitlan
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Galeria Imox ©
Galeria Imox
Finca Xetuc ©
Finca Xetuc
Aj Toooneel Ixoq ©
Aj Toooneel Ixoq

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Santa Catarina Palopo

Santa Catarina Palopo ©
Santa Catarina Palopó is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Explore hidden gems such as Manos Crucenas Artisan Store and Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Catarina Palopo: Santa Cruz La Laguna (Santa Cruz Spanish School & Tzantizotz Nature Reserve). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store and Maya Women's Center, make a trip to Casa Cakchiquel, see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Francis.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Catarina Palopo driving holiday planner.

You can drive from San Juan la Laguna to Santa Catarina Palopo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santa Catarina Palopo when traveling from San Juan la Laguna in December, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Catarina Palopo

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Panajachel, Santa Cruz La Laguna, San Antonio Palopo
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Hotel Atitlan Gardens ©
Hotel Atitlan Gardens
Santa Cruz Spanish School ©
Santa Cruz Spanish School
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church