29 days in Antigua, Lake Atitlan & Chalchuapa Itinerary

29 days in Antigua, Lake Atitlan & Chalchuapa Itinerary

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29 days in Antigua, Lake Atitlan & Chalchuapa Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Antigua, Guatemala
— 11 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala
— 3 nights
ferry:  15​min
3
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Chalchuapa, El Salvador
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Newark, United States

11
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, & more) and Chichicastenango (Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, Chichi Cemetery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Antigua trip itinerary website .

Newark, USA to Antigua is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Newark to Antigua, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Antigua: highs are around 76°F and lows about 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Chichicastenango
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Mundo Petapa Irtra ©
Mundo Petapa Irtra

3
nights
San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala

San Juan la Laguna
San Juan La Laguna is a municipality on the southern shore of Lago de Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala. When in San Juan la Laguna, make a side trip to see Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango in Quetzaltenango, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, look for gifts at Aj Toooneel Ixoq, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St Peter.

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Do a combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to San Juan la Laguna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Juan la Laguna when traveling from Antigua in October, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango
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Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose
Cerro Tzankujil  Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve

3
nights
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Venture out of the city with trips to San Lucas Toliman (Volcan Atitlan & Volcano Toliman). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan, see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago Atitlan trip itinerary builder website .

Santiago Atitlan is very close to San Juan la Laguna. In October, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Antonio Palopo.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

San Lucas Toliman, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan
Volcano Toliman ©
Volcano Toliman

3
nights
San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala

San Antonio Palopo ©
San Antonio Palopó is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Change things up with these side-trips from San Antonio Palopo: Santa Catarina Palopo (Santa Catarina Palopo Church & Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo), San Lucas Toliman (Tarrales Natural Reserve & The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute) and Panajachel (Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, Hotel Atitlan Gardens, & more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to San Antonio Palopo, look for gifts at Manos Crucenas Artisan Store, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Santa Cruz Spanish School.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Antonio Palopo trip planner.

Drive from Santiago Atitlan to San Antonio Palopo in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chalchuapa.

Things to do in San Antonio Palopo

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Panajachel, San Lucas Toliman, Santa Catarina Palopo, Santa Cruz La Laguna, San Antonio Palopo
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Hotel Atitlan Gardens ©
Hotel Atitlan Gardens
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church
San Antonio Palopo ©
San Antonio Palopo

7
nights
Chalchuapa, El Salvador

Chalchuapa ©
Chalchuapa is a town and a municipality located in the Santa Ana department of El Salvador. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chalchuapa: Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque), Santa Ana (National Park Cerro Verde, Izalco Volcano, & more) and El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lago Suchitlán, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion de Maria, delve into the distant past at Parque Arqueologico Casa Blanca, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bosque El Pital.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chalchuapa trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Antonio Palopo to Chalchuapa takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 70°F. On the 31st (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Chalchuapa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Ana, Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion de Maria, Chorros de la Calera, Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje, Lake Coatepeque
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 31:
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El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park
Lake Coatepeque ©
Lake Coatepeque
Santa Ana Volcano ©
Santa Ana Volcano

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