8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly + Drive:  12 h 15 min
1
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Santiago Atitlan
— 2 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h
3
Antigua
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Mexico City

1
night
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 11th (Mon), head outdoors with Aventura Grande, admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lanquin trip itinerary site.

Mexico City, Mexico to Lanquin is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of flight and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in May: high temperatures in Lanquin hover around 42°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

2
nights
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, then examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, and finally stop by Atitlan Women Weavers. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church and then get impressive views of Volcano Toliman.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santiago Atitlan sightseeing app.

You can drive from Lanquin to Santiago Atitlan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in May, expect Santiago Atitlan to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Volcano Toliman
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Volcano Toliman ©
Volcano Toliman

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana & La Aurora Zoo). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, and stop by Ileana Sotela Accesorios.

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You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In May in Antigua, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

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