29 days in Antigua, Lake Atitlan & Chalchuapa Itinerary

29 days in Antigua, Lake Atitlan & Chalchuapa Itinerary

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Antigua, Guatemala
— 11 nights
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San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala
— 3 nights
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Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 3 nights
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San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala
— 3 nights
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Chalchuapa, El Salvador
— 7 nights

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Antigua, Guatemala

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: Chichicastenango (Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, Chichi Cemetery, &more) and Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Antigua road trip planner.

Newark, USA to Antigua is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Antigua is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Newark in October, things will get a bit warmer in Antigua: highs are around 76°F and lows about 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Mundo Petapa Irtra ©
Mundo Petapa Irtra

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San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala

San Juan la Laguna
San Juan La Laguna is a municipality on the southern shore of Lago de Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala. Go for a jaunt from San Juan la Laguna to Quetzaltenango to see Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, get outside with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, and stop by Aj Toooneel Ixoq.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Juan la Laguna route planner.

You can drive from Antigua to San Juan la Laguna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Juan la Laguna, with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose
Cerro Tzankujil  Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve

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Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago Atitlan: San Lucas Toliman (Volcan Atitlan & Volcano Toliman). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago Atitlan visit planning site.

Getting from San Juan la Laguna to Santiago Atitlan by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October, daily temperatures in Santiago Atitlan can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to San Antonio Palopo.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan
Volcano Toliman ©
Volcano Toliman

3
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San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala

San Antonio Palopo ©
San Antonio Palopó is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Explore San Antonio Palopo's surroundings by going to Santa Cruz La Laguna (Santa Cruz Spanish School & Manos Crucenas Artisan Store), Santa Catarina Palopo (Santa Catarina Palopo Church & Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo) and Panajachel (Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, Hotel Atitlan Gardens, &more). It doesn't end there: make a trip to San Antonio Palopo.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio Palopo trip planner.

You can drive from Santiago Atitlan to San Antonio Palopo in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chalchuapa.

Things to do in San Antonio Palopo

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Hotel Atitlan Gardens ©
Hotel Atitlan Gardens
San Antonio Palopo ©
San Antonio Palopo
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church

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Chalchuapa, El Salvador

Chalchuapa ©
Chalchuapa is a town and a municipality located in the Santa Ana department of El Salvador. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chalchuapa: Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque), Santa Ana (National Park Cerro Verde, Izalco Volcano, &more) and El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tazumal, look for all kinds of wild species at Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Suchitlán, and walk around Parque Arqueologico Casa Blanca.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chalchuapa tour planner.

You can drive from San Antonio Palopo to Chalchuapa in 5.5 hours. October in Chalchuapa sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 70°F at night. On the 31st (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Chalchuapa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park
Lake Coatepeque ©
Lake Coatepeque
Santa Ana Volcano ©
Santa Ana Volcano