9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  11 h 15 min
1
Antigua
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h
2
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Lanquin
— 1 night
Shuttle:  7 h 15 min
4
Peten
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Toronto

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.
Go for a jaunt from Antigua to Guatemala City to see La Aurora Zoo about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, stop by Ileana Sotela Accesorios, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip itinerary website .

Toronto, Canada to Antigua is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in February, with highs in Antigua at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

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 14th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago Atitlan online trip planner .

Getting from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan by combination of bus and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Santiago Atitlan can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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 15th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lanquin road trip planning website .

Drive from Santiago Atitlan to Lanquin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in February, expect Lanquin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Peten.

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

1
night
Peten

Peten ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): head outdoors with Actún Can, explore the ancient world of Yaxha National Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Peten tour planner.

You can take a shuttle from Lanquin to Peten in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Flores
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Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Actún Can ©
Actún Can
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

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 17th (Mon): examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tikal.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tikal National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Peten to Tikal National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Museums
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