9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: San Jose
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Antigua
— 4 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2​h
2
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: San Jose

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana & La Aurora Zoo). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, and steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Antigua online travel route planner .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Antigua is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Antigua, with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago Atitlan.

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Guatemala City
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 16th (Thu), get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Santiago Atitlan trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 17th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin and then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lanquin trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Santiago Atitlan to Lanquin by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santiago Atitlan in April: high temperatures in Lanquin hover around 99°F and lows are around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.

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

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the ancient world of Tikal.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tikal National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Tikal National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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