8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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8 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: La Fortuna de San Carlos
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Lanquin
— 1 night
shuttle:  5​h
2
Flores
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Antigua
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h
5
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
End: La Fortuna de San Carlos

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 15th (Sun): Head underground at Lanquin Caves, then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lanquin trip site .

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica to Lanquin is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Flores.

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

1
night
Flores

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
On the 16th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, then make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Flores route planning website .

Take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites Museums
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Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing
Museo del Islote Santa Barbara ©
Museo del Islote Santa Barbara

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night
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 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the ancient world of Tikal.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park route planning site .

Getting from Flores to Tikal National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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.
When in Antigua, make a side trip to see La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala City, approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Antigua trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Antigua are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to 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
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get impressive views of Lake Atitlan.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago Atitlan itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. September in Santiago Atitlan sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan

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