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Lake Atitlán

Guatemala: 4 Day Itinerary

Guatemala is a culturally and naturally beautiful diversified nation in Central America. With its breathtaking beauty and surrounding volcanoes and native settlements, Lake Atitlan enthralls. History is added to this fascinating location by the colonial elegance of Antigua and the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal. This stunning country is covered by our luxury four-day itinerary.

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Luxe Guatemala Absolute Musts

Antigua - Charming colonial city with a rich history, modern culture, and picturesque surroundings.

Lake Atitlán - Breathtaking volcanic lake surrounded by unique Mayan villages in Guatemala's highlands.

Tikal - Ancient Mayan archaeological complex in the lush rainforest, with beautiful temples and pyramids.

Luxe Guatemala Itinerary & Map 

Navigate your way through Guatemala with our recommended itinerary and map. View Google Maps with color-coded areas in interactive mode and access our scheduled list of spots.

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Daily Plan Summary

Good Hotel Antigua

Stay

Day 1

Dine

Mesón Panza Verde

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Stay

Good Hotel Antigua

Day 2

Visit

Iglesia de la Merced

Visit

Explore

Visit

Palacio de los Capitanes

Explore

Antigua Guatemala Central Park

Visit

Iximche

Visit

Santa Catarina Palopó

Dine

Casa Palopó 

Stay

Hyatt Centric Guatemala City

Day 3

Visit

Panajachel Pier

Explore

San Juan La Laguna

Visit

San Pedro La Laguna

Explore

Santiago Atitlán

Explore

Guatemala City

Dine

Sublime Restaurante

Day 4

Las Lagunas

Day 4

Travel

Mundo Maya International Airport

Explore

Tikal National Park

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Guatemala Day 1: Antigua

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Good Hotel, Antigua

In the centre of the ancient town sits the boutique hotel Good Hotel Antigua. Offering a beautiful and comfortable stay, it combines colonial architecture with modern design. Modern conveniences and excellent service allow visitors to unwind and take in the cultural treasures of the city.

One well-known gastronomic treasure is Mezon Panza Verde Restaurant. Tucked up in a charming boutique hotel, the restaurant has a warm, creative atmosphere enhanced by verdant surroundings. For discriminating foodies, its emphasis on gourmet food and outstanding wine selection ensure an amazing dining experience.

Explore Antigua by Night

Evenings in Antigua are enchanted and mystical. Warm streetlights illuminate the quaint architecture and cobblestone streets of the colonial city. There are many of live music venues, busy bars, and restaurants that provide a dynamic nightlife. Make lifelong memories in this stunning location by taking in traditional shows and seeing the city's beauty under the skies.

Guatemala Day 2: Antigua & Lake Atitlán

Iximche Ruins
Iximche Ruins

Antigua Walking Tour

A fascinating trip through Guatemala's colonial treasure is an Antigua walking tour. You'll come upon well-preserved structures like Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, Arco de Santa Catalina, and Iglesia de La Merced as you meander down cobblestone streets. Discover the energetic Plaza Mayor and pay a visit to the neighborhood market to get a sense of Guatemalan life. A wonderful fusion of historical monuments and traditional charm, this UNESCO World Heritage Site gives tourists a singular and enlightening experience.

Arrange a driver with Authentic Guatemala to ensure a smooth journey to your locations. Take in the Iximche archeological site on your route from Antigua to Santa Catarina, Lake Atitlan. Traveling with Fabio is made easy by his flexibility, great communication, and attentive service. His clean, contemporary, roomy van makes the experience much better. Luxe suggests for all of your national guide and transportation needs.

Once a strong Kaqchikel Maya city, Iximche is an important archeological site. Situated close to Tecpán, it features ball courts, ceremonial structures, and prehistoric ruins. Visitors can take in the breathtaking views of the neighboring mountains, learn about the religious customs and historical relevance of this pre-Columbian settlement. Gives yourself thirty minutes to look around.

We came into an amazing two-story loft close to Panajachel with 180-degree views of Lake Atitlan and the other towns. Private terrace with hot tub, roomy balcony, and fully functional kitchen are also included. Along with a contemporary bathroom, the lower floor has two sleeping spaces with privacy curtains. One can walk or take a tuk-tuk to nearby settlements. A great place to decompress and unwind.

Hot Tub

After a long day of sightseeing, unwinding in a hot tub soothes sore muscles and lowers stress. It's the best approach to relax and reenergize for the adventure of the next day.

Within the boutique hotel Casa Palopó is our recommended restaurant, which has breath-taking views of the lake and volcanoes. It serves a blend of foreign and Guatemalan flavors together with fresh, locally obtained ingredients. This is sufficiently nearby to stroll from the Loft.

Guatemala Day 3: Lake Atitlán & Guatemala City

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Crafting Thread, Atitlán Community

Lake Atitlán Boat Tour

Discover three magical Mayan villages by boat: Santiago Atitlan, San Juan, and San Pedro. Take in the rich culture, see the traditional crafts and local artwork. Discover the rich vegetation and variety of fauna in San Juan, the ancient cathedral and coffee plantations in San Pedro, and Santiago Atitlan's colorful attire and intriguing sights. There's history, art, and the special spirit of every hamlet to discover.

Transfer to Guatemala City

Traveling 3.5 hours from Lake Atitlan to Guatemala City takes one through some of the most stunning scenery in the nation. Arrive in the busy capital city in time for a swim and dinner after taking in the stunning sights.

Modern and chic, Hyatt Centric Guatemala City is located in the center of the city. It serves discriminating tourists with modern architecture, cozy accommodations, and high-end facilities. The rooftop pool, which provides breathtaking city vistas and a tranquil haven in the middle of a busy city, is a highlight.

A gourmet gem, Sublime Restaurante provides a classy eating experience. Specializing on contemporary Guatemalan food, the restaurant entices palates with inventive meals prepared with products found locally. For foodies in the city, its sophisticated atmosphere, attentive service, and delicious cuisine rank among the best.

Guatemala Day 4: Tikal

Tikal Temple
Temples of Tikal

Flight for Tikal

Take an early flight from GUA to Flores Mundo Maya International Airport, where you'll arrive in less than an hour. Arrange for your driver to take you to Tikal National Park, which is about an hour's drive away. 

UNESCO World Heritage Site Tikal National Park is one of the most important Maya archeological sites. It is surrounded by verdant rainforests and has magnificent Mayan pyramids and temples rising sharply above the canopy of the forest. A fascinating trip through history and environment, exploring Tikal highlights the architectural splendor and cultural legacy of the Maya civilization.

Tucked down in a private nature reserve, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel is an opulent and exclusive haven. Immersion in nature and Mayan culture is provided by its stunning views of Quexil Lagoon and Mayan ruins. An amazing stay is guaranteed with the high-end facilities, tasteful lodgings, and individualised service.

Las Lagunas serves up cosmopolitan fare together with unusual drinks. Savor the chef's specialties, which entice your senses with his knowledge and locally grown, fresh ingredients. At Shultun, a bar selection with well chosen wines and premium spirits complements the elegant atmosphere and lagoon view.

Next day Options

Return to GUA for your connecting flight home, or opt to fly from FRS to your next destination. Alternatively, make your way into Flores and spend the day seeing the sights.

Luxe Guatemala Extensions

Peru's capital, Lima, is a humming city that skillfully combines the past and present. Rich cultural legacy is on display in the historic core, which has elaborate cathedrals, old ruins, and colonial buildings. Lima provides a remarkable South American experience with its varied districts, breathtaking coastal vistas, and thriving culinary scene.

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