9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

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9 days in Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Cancun
Fly + Drive:  14​h
1
Tikal National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Lanquin
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Chichicastenango
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  2​h
4
Santiago Atitlan
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h
5
Antigua
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Cancun

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day
Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 19th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tikal.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park trip planner .

Cancun, Mexico to Tikal National Park is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lanquin.

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Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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Lanquin

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 20th (Sun), Head underground at Lanquin Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lanquin journey tool .

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Lanquin takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lanquin can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chichicastenango.

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

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night
Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango ©
Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
On the 21st (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Tomas Church.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chichicastenango sightseeing planner .

Drive from Lanquin to Chichicastenango in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Lanquin in October, with highs in Chichicastenango at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj

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Santiago Atitlan

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 22nd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santiago Atitlan trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Chichicastenango to Santiago Atitlan in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, Santiago Atitlan is a bit warmer than Chichicastenango - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Arco de Santa Catalina. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua tour itinerary website .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In October in Antigua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

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