9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  2​h
1
Guatemala City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Antigua
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Guatemala City
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h
4
Tikal National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
5
Coban
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Guatemala City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Panajachel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Guatemala City
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
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.
For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Guatemala City day trip tool .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Guatemala City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Guatemala City, with lows of 61°F. On the 5th (Fri), you're off toAntigua.

Things to do in Guatemala City

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at La Azotea, examine the collection at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, then look for gifts at La Casa del Algodon, and finally explore the ancient world of Convento Santa Clara.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Antigua trip planner .

Take a bus from Guatemala City to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Antigua are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

La Azotea
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Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
La Casa del Algodon ©
La Casa del Algodon

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Guatemala City

Guatemala City
For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Guatemala City day trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Antigua to Guatemala City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You'll set off for Tikal National Park on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Guatemala City

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Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Tikal National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Guatemala City to Tikal National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Coban.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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Coban

Coban ©
Located at the center of one of the country's primary coffee growing areas, the affluent city of Coban offerss a scattered few cultural attractions, a relaxed and welcoming vibe, and proximity to a wealth of natural highlights.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Grottes de la Candelaria and then identify plant and animal life at Orquigonia.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Coban road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Coban takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Coban are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia

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Guatemala City

Guatemala City
For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Guatemala City visit planner .

Drive from Coban to Guatemala City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 9th (Tue), you'll travel to Panajachel.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Tours Outdoors Shopping

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Panajachel

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Iximche and then identify plant and animal life at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at La Galeria, then buy something for everyone on your list at Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catarina Palopo Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Panajachel road trip planner.

Getting from Guatemala City to Panajachel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In July in Panajachel, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Panajachel

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Catarina Palopo Church, Tzantizotz Nature Reserve
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Iximche ©
Iximche
La Galeria ©
La Galeria
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church

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Guatemala City

Guatemala City ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Yurrita, wander the streets of Zona Viva, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos de Guatemala, then explore the world behind art at Palacio Nacional, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Guatemala City holiday builder .

Drive from Panajachel to Guatemala City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Museo de los Ninos de Guatemala ©
Museo de los Ninos de Guatemala
Iglesia Yurrita ©
Iglesia Yurrita
Museo del Ferrocarril ©
Museo del Ferrocarril

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