16 days in El Salvador & Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in El Salvador & Guatemala Itinerary

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16 days in El Salvador & Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
La Libertad, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Ahuachapan, El Salvador
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Monterrico, Guatemala
— 2 nights
5
Antigua, Guatemala
— Few hours
bus + taxi:  1​h 45​min
6
Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Panajachel, Guatemala
— Few hours
ferry:  30​min
8
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Lanquin, Guatemala
— Few hours
10
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Concepcion de Ataco, El Salvador
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
End: Santa Ana, El Salvador


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San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
On the 18th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Door (Puerta del Diablo), then take in the exciting artwork at El Arbol de Dios, and then get impressive views of Volcan San Salvador. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, steep yourself in history at Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de El Salvador.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Salvador road trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to San Salvador is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to San Salvador. Traveling from Washington DC in October, expect San Salvador to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Libertad.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Volcan San Salvador ©
Volcan San Salvador
Devil's Door (Puerta del Diablo) ©
Devil's Door (Puerta del Diablo)
El Arbol de Dios ©
El Arbol de Dios

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La Libertad, El Salvador

La Libertad ©
The coastal town of La Libertad combines grittiness with beachside tranquility to create one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at El Sunzal and Tasajera Island. Get in touch with nature at Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje and Atami Escape Resort. Step out of La Libertad with an excursion to Tamanique Waterfalls in Tamanique--about 40 minutes away.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the La Libertad trip planning website .

You can drive from San Salvador to La Libertad in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in La Libertad can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. You will leave for Ahuachapan on the 22nd (Tue).

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Side Trips

Tamanique, Tasajera Island
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El Sunzal ©
El Sunzal
Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje ©
Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje
Atami Escape Resort ©
Atami Escape Resort

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Ahuachapan, El Salvador

Ahuachapan ©
Ahuachapán is a city and municipality and the capital of the Ahuachapán Department in western El Salvador. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Termales de Santa Teresa. Visiting El Imposible National Park and Salto De Malacatiupan will get you outdoors.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ahuachapan trip planning app .

Ahuachapan is just a stone's throw from Santa Ana. October in Ahuachapan sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 70°F at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Monterrico.

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Parks Nature Spas
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El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park

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Monterrico, Guatemala

Monterrico ©
You've now added Auto Safari Chapin to your itinerary. On the 26th (Sat), meet the residents at Auto Safari Chapin, then make a splash at Parque Acuatico H2Olas, and then identify plant and animal life at Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monterrico vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Ahuachapan to Monterrico takes 5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Monterrico can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in Monterrico

Wildlife Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Auto Safari Chapin
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Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii ©
Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii
Auto Safari Chapin ©
Auto Safari Chapin

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Antigua, Guatemala

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.
Volcán Pacaya has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, stop by La Casa del Algodon, then explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip itinerary website .

Getting from Monterrico to Antigua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Monterrico in October; daily highs in Antigua reach 76°F and lows reach 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Spas
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Spas

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Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala

Santa Cruz La Laguna
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Los Elementos Day Spa. On the 30th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve and then relax and rejuvenate at Los Elementos Day Spa.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz La Laguna day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Santa Cruz La Laguna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Traveling from Antigua in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Santa Cruz La Laguna, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Panajachel.

Things to do in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Wildlife Parks Spas
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Panajachel, Guatemala

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.
On the 30th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Francis.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Panajachel online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz La Laguna to Panajachel takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Panajachel can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Panajachel

Historic Sites
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Church of St Francis ©
Church of St Francis

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San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

San Pedro La Laguna
Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Peter, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Indian Nose.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro La Laguna travel site .

San Pedro La Laguna is just a short distance from Panajachel. Traveling from Panajachel in November, plan for little chillier nights in San Pedro La Laguna, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Jalapa Department.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Tours Outdoors Classes
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Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grutas Las Marias, Lanquin Caves and Monumento Natural Semuc Champey. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias, and then Head underground at Lanquin Caves.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lanquin trip planning app .

Getting from San Pedro La Laguna to Lanquin by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, Lanquin is somewhat warmer than San Pedro La Laguna - with highs of 90°F and lows of 74°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Mon) before leaving for Guatemala City.

Things to do in Lanquin

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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

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Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
You've now added La Aurora Zoo to your itinerary. On the 31st (Thu), contemplate the long history of Palacio Nacional, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at La Aurora Zoo, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Espana, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, then get impressive views of Volcan de Fuego, and then take a stroll through Zona Viva.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Guatemala City trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Guatemala City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Lanquin in October, things will get slightly colder in Guatemala City: highs are around 76°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Concepcion de Ataco.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana

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Concepcion de Ataco, El Salvador

Concepcion de Ataco
Concepción de Ataco is a municipality and city within the Ahuachapán Department, El Salvador. Apaneca Canopy Tour has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stop by Axul and then get outside with Apaneca Canopy Tour.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Concepcion de Ataco online trip maker .

You can drive from Guatemala City to Concepcion de Ataco in 3 hours. In November in Concepcion de Ataco, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Concepcion de Ataco

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Apaneca Canopy Tour
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