9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Fort Smith
Fly + Drive:  15​h 15​min
1
Antigua
— 3 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
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Fort Smith

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, La Aurora Zoo, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to San Jose El Viejo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip app .

Fort Smith, USA to Antigua is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. In December, Antigua is much warmer than Fort Smith - with highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan, then examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santiago Atitlan visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Santiago Atitlan can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lanquin.

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

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 30th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lanquin trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to Lanquin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santiago Atitlan in December, with highs in Lanquin at 88°F and lows at 69°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tikal National Park.

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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nights
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 31st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tikal.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park planning site .

You can drive from Lanquin to Tikal National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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