9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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
Bus:  1​h
4
Antigua
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): look for gifts at 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 spiritual surroundings of Church of St Peter, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, and then get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro La Laguna trip planner .

San Jose, Costa Rica to San Pedro La Laguna is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from San Jose in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in San Pedro La Laguna, with lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get outside with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, relax in the rural setting at Cafe La Voz, then look for gifts at Aj Toooneel Ixoq, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Imox.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan la Laguna online trip builder .

San Juan la Laguna is just a stone's throw from San Pedro La Laguna. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Iximche, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Francis, and then admire the natural beauty at Hotel Atitlan Gardens.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Panajachel trip itinerary maker app .

Panajachel is just a short distance from San Juan la Laguna. Traveling from San Juan la Laguna in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Panajachel, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus 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

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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 Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Catedral Metropolitana, & more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Antigua online trip planner .

Take a bus from Panajachel to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

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