6 days in Lake Atitlan, Quetzaltenango & Antigua Itinerary

6 days in Lake Atitlan, Quetzaltenango & Antigua Itinerary

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Panajachel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quetzaltenango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antigua
— 1 night
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Panajachel — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Atitlán, take in the exciting artwork at La Galeria, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Francis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church, then admire the striking features of Casa Cakchiquel, and then see the interesting displays at Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Panajachel trip website.

Guatemala City to Panajachel is an approximately 2-hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Quetzaltenango.
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Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
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Quetzaltenango — 2 nights

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.
For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Quetzaltenango online attractions planner.

You can drive from Panajachel to Quetzaltenango in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect little chillier evenings in Quetzaltenango when traveling from Panajachel in November, with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Antigua.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Antigua — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, then make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and then delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua trip builder website.

Getting from Quetzaltenango to Antigua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in November, Antigua is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Lake Atitlan travel guide

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Wildlife Areas · Bodies of Water · Ruins
Lake Atitlan, a large volcanic lake, provides the setting for a wealth of interesting Mayan towns and villages. Surrounded by imposing and scenic mountains, the lake forms part of a sprawling national park, rich in wildlife and cultural attractions. The main towns and villages range from touristy gateways to authentic realms of tradition and culture, with charming local markets, rustic architecture, and a laid-back feel. Many of the towns can only be reached by boat, with trips on the lake high on most visitors' Lake Atitlan itineraries.
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