9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  5​h
1
Guatemala City
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Antigua
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h
3
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Jose

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Centro Comercial Majadas Once, Zona Viva, Paseo de la Sexta, and other attractions. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Palacio Nacional, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, make a trip to Relief Map, and browse the different shops at Paseo Cayala.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Guatemala City vacation website .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Guatemala City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Jose, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Guatemala City, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Paseo Cayala ©
Paseo Cayala
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana

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 with an excursion to La Merced in Guatemala City--about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, contemplate the long history of Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, and make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip planner .

Take a bus from Guatemala City to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Antigua are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

La Merced
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

1
night
Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Mercado Central, explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, then examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santiago Atitlan trip itinerary planning site .

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. In September, daytime highs in Santiago Atitlan are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lake Atitlan, Mercado Central
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Mercado Central ©
Mercado Central
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

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