16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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16 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  15 h 45 min
1
Panajachel
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
2
Puerto Barrios
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Livingston
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Bus:  7 h
4
Antigua
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h
5
Guatemala City
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panajachel: Indian Nose (in San Pedro La Laguna) and Cojolya Museum and Store (in Santiago Atitlan). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya, take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Atitlan Gardens, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Panajachel day trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Panajachel is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Panajachel. Traveling from San Francisco in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Panajachel: highs are around 74°F and lows about 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Barrios.

Things to do in Panajachel

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Atitlan, Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo, Cojolya Museum and Store, Indian Nose
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Hotel Atitlan Gardens ©
Hotel Atitlan Gardens
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Iximche ©
Iximche

1
night
Puerto Barrios

Puerto Barrios
Puerto Barrios is a city in Guatemala, located within the Gulf of Honduras. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta de Palma and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de La Inmaculada Concepcion. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Sand Bay.

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

Getting from Panajachel to Puerto Barrios by car takes about 7.5 hours. In January, Puerto Barrios is somewhat warmer than Panajachel - with highs of 80°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Puerto Barrios

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Sand Bay
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2
nights
Livingston

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
On the 2nd (Sun), stroll through Playa Blanca and then take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Altars.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Livingston trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Barrios to Livingston by car takes about 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in February, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

5
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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua, contemplate the long history of Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral de Santiago.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Livingston to Antigua by combination of ferry and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Livingston in February: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 76°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

2
nights
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Edificio de Correos Central, meet the residents at La Aurora Zoo, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, then don't miss a visit to Relief Map, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional, then browse the different shops at Paseo Cayala, then examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, and finally make a trip to Avenida La Reforma.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Guatemala City road trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Antigua to Guatemala City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in February, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

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