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

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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 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tikal National Park visit 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 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

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Tikal ©
Tikal

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Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin and then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lanquin trip planner .

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Lanquin in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature

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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago Atitlan tour itinerary maker site .

Drive from Lanquin to Santiago Atitlan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In October, Santiago Atitlan is slightly colder than Lanquin - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

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

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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 Guatemala City's surroundings by going to Antigua (Volcán Pacaya, Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, & more). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at La Aurora Zoo, find something for the whole family at Mundo Petapa Irtra, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, and see the interesting displays at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Guatemala City route planner .

Drive from Santiago Atitlan to Guatemala City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Guatemala City, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Antigua
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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