9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  14​h
1
Guatemala City
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Quetzaltenango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
San Marcos La Laguna
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h
4
Antigua
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Guatemala City
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: San Jose

1
night
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
On the 11th (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Museo Popol Vuh, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, and then make a trip to Relief Map. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Mundo Petapa Irtra, admire nature's wide array of creatures at La Aurora Zoo, then steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

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San Jose, Costa Rica to Guatemala City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Jose in November: high temperatures in Guatemala City hover around 27°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Mundo Petapa Irtra ©
Mundo Petapa Irtra
Relief Map ©
Relief Map

3
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Xetulul Theme Park and Xocomil. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, appreciate the history behind Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora), and explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango journey planning tool .

You can take a bus from Guatemala City to Quetzaltenango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Guatemala City in November, Quetzaltenango is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Marcos La Laguna.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Retalhuleu
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Xocomil ©
Xocomil

1
night
San Marcos La Laguna

San Marcos La Laguna ©
San Marcos La Laguna is a village on the western shore of Lago Atitlán in the Sololá Department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stop by Xocolatl.

To find photos and other tourist information, you can read our San Marcos La Laguna day trip planning tool .

Getting from Quetzaltenango to San Marcos La Laguna by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Marcos La Laguna

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Indian Nose
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Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose
Xocolatl ©
Xocolatl

2
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.
On the 16th (Sat), make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, then stop by La Casa del Algodon, and then get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Antigua route planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from San Marcos La Laguna to Antigua in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Antigua when traveling from San Marcos La Laguna in November, with lows around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya

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night
Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Edificio de Correos Central, don't miss a visit to Avenida La Reforma, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Zona Viva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo del Ferrocarril, then learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, then have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos de Guatemala, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Paseo Cayala.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Guatemala City trip builder website .

Getting from Antigua to Guatemala City by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Museo de los Ninos de Guatemala ©
Museo de los Ninos de Guatemala
Paseo Cayala ©
Paseo Cayala

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