5 days in Guatemala Itinerary

5 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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5 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Quetzaltenango
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
San Juan la Laguna
— Few hours
ferry:  30​min
3
Panajachel
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Antigua
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Tampa

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Quetzaltenango

Quetzaltenango ©
Named for the Quetzal bird--one of Guatemala's national symbols--Quetzaltenango once included the territories controlled by K'iche' Mayans, a pre-Columbian tribe eventually supplanted by Spanish conquistadores.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Quetzaltenango route planning app .

Tampa, USA to Quetzaltenango is an approximately 45.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Tampa to Quetzaltenango, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in March, Quetzaltenango is little chillier at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Parks
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano

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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. To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan la Laguna travel planner .

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to San Juan la Laguna in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in March, expect nights in San Juan la Laguna to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Panajachel.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

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Galeria Imox ©
Galeria Imox

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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.
On the 20th (Wed), examine the collection at La Galeria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Catarina Palopo Church, and then don't miss a visit to Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Panajachel tour itinerary planning site .

Panajachel is just a short distance from San Juan la Laguna. Traveling from San Juan la Laguna in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Panajachel, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Antigua.

Things to do in Panajachel

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

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Santa Catarina Palopo
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La Galeria ©
La Galeria
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church
Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo ©
Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina and then take an in-depth tour of Casa del Jade.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Antigua itinerary website .

Take a bus from Panajachel to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Antigua are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

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Caoba Farms ©
Caoba Farms
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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