8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City
1
Guatemala City
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Tikal National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Peten
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
End: Guatemala City

3
nights
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Venture out of the city with trips to Antigua (Volcán Pacaya, Cerro de la Cruz, & more). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at La Aurora Zoo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, explore the world behind art at Palacio Nacional, and buy something for everyone on your list at Paseo Cayala.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Guatemala City road trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Guatemala City. December in Guatemala City sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Antigua
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 6th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, then examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago Atitlan online attractions planner .

Drive from Guatemala City to Santiago Atitlan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Santiago Atitlan can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Museums

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 7th (Sat): Head underground at Lanquin Caves, contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lanquin trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to Lanquin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Lanquin: highs are around 36°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tikal National Park.

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
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

1
day
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Tikal.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Lanquin to Tikal National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Peten.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

1
night
Peten

Peten ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, delve into the distant past at Yaxha National Park, and then don't miss a visit to Isla Principal Topoxte.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Peten road trip planning site .

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Peten in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Flores
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Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Isla Principal Topoxte ©
Isla Principal Topoxte
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

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