8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Antigua
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h
2
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Lanquin
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Tikal National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

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.
Step out of Antigua to go to Guatemala City and see La Aurora Zoo, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to San Jose El Viejo, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Antigua visit website .

Ottawa, Canada to Antigua is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ottawa to Antigua due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in March, with highs in Antigua at 30°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

La Aurora Zoo
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then explore the activities along Lake Atitlan.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Santiago Atitlan using our 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 March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

1
night
Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 19th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lanquin travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Santiago Atitlan to Lanquin in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in March, expect Lanquin to be a bit warmer, temps between 40°C and 25°C. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tikal National Park.

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore and take pictures at Tikal.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park tour planner.

Getting from Lanquin to Tikal National Park by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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