11 days in Guatemala Itinerary

11 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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11 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  6​h
1
Guatemala City
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Antigua
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Panajachel
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Chichicastenango
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Mexico City


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2
nights
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
On the 15th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, explore the world behind art at Palacio Nacional, learn more about the world around you at Museo Popol Vuh, then examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, and finally take a stroll through Zona Viva. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Fuego.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Guatemala City trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Guatemala City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Nature Parks
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Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena ©
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena

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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.
On the 17th (Sat), get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, look for gifts at La Casa del Algodon, and then see the interesting displays at Casa Santo Domingo Museums. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, then make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and finally don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Antigua holiday maker website .

You can take a bus from Guatemala City to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Antigua are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Panajachel.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Nature Parks
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Iximche, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Francis, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catarina Palopo Church, and finally examine the collection at Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Museum.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Panajachel trip planner .

Getting from Antigua to Panajachel by bus takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. In August in Panajachel, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Panajachel

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Santa Catarina Palopo Church
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Iximche ©
Iximche
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church
Church of St Francis ©
Church of St Francis

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nights
Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango ©
Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
On the 20th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, see the interesting displays at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, then examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico Rossbach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Lemoa.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichicastenango trip maker app .

Traveling by bus from Panajachel to Chichicastenango takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In August, Chichicastenango is slightly colder than Panajachel - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Laguna Lemoa
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj
Laguna Lemoa ©
Laguna Lemoa

1
night
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): Head underground at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin, contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

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Drive from Chichicastenango to Lanquin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, Lanquin is much hotter than Chichicastenango - with highs of 40°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

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