8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  11​h 30​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:  19​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Step out of Antigua with an excursion to La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala City--about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas.

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San Francisco, USA to Antigua is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get a bit warmer in Antigua: highs are around 74°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

La Aurora Zoo
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santiago Atitlan online route 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, daytime highs in Santiago Atitlan are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Museums

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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin and then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lanquin online trip builder .

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. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Lanquin: highs are around 88°F and lows about 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

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey

2
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 delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park itinerary planner .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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