8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
1
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Lanquin
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Guatemala City
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: San Jose

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 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the striking landscape of Tikal.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tikal National Park trip planner .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Tikal National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Tikal ©
Tikal

1
day
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin and then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lanquin road trip planner .

Getting from Tikal National Park to Lanquin by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey

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night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 4th (Wed), contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan, then examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Santiago Atitlan day trip app .

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Santiago Atitlan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In December, Santiago Atitlan is slightly colder than Lanquin - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church
Cojolya Museum and Store ©
Cojolya Museum and Store

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guatemala City: Antigua (Casa Santo Domingo Museums, Volcán Pacaya, & more). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at La Aurora Zoo, make a trip to Iglesia Santo domingo, examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Guatemala City trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Santiago Atitlan to Guatemala City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Guatemala City can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Antigua
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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