9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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Start: San Jose
Fly + Drive:  17 h 15 min
1
San Pedro La Laguna
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
2
San Juan la Laguna
— 1 night
Ferry:  30 min
3
Panajachel
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h
4
Antigua
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: San Jose

1
night
San Pedro La Laguna

San Pedro La Laguna ©
Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
On the 9th (Mon), stop by Atitlan Women Weavers, take in the awesome beauty at Indian Nose, and then get engrossed in the history at Tzunun' Ya'. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Peter, explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna itinerary planning app.

San Jose, Costa Rica to San Pedro La Laguna is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from San Jose in December since evenings lows in San Pedro La Laguna dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Atitlan, Indian Nose
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose

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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): head outdoors with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, experience rural life at Cafe La Voz, thenstop by Aj Toooneel Ixoq, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Imox.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Juan la Laguna trip planner.

San Juan la Laguna is just a short distance from San Pedro La Laguna. In December in San Juan la Laguna, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Panajachel.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo
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Aj Toooneel Ixoq ©
Aj Toooneel Ixoq
Galeria Imox ©
Galeria Imox
Cafe La Voz ©
Cafe La Voz

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night
Panajachel

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Iximche, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Francis, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Atitlan Gardens.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Panajachel tour itinerary planner.

Getting from San Juan la Laguna to Panajachel by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from San Juan la Laguna in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Panajachel, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Panajachel

Historic Sites Parks
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Iximche ©
Iximche
Hotel Atitlan Gardens ©
Hotel Atitlan Gardens
Church of St Francis ©
Church of St Francis

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Catedral Metropolitana, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, make a trip to San Jose El Viejo, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and examine the collection at ChocoMuseo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Antigua route planner.

Take a shuttle from Panajachel to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Antigua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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