Guatemala Two Week Itinerary
One morning I woke up with the ‘wanderlust’. I turned to my boyfriend and said, “Let’s go on a trip PLEEEEEAAASEEEEE”. He agreed, so I went straight to my laptop and searched fares to every major city in Central and South America. I found a great price so we booked it immediately. Our destination would be Guatemala.
If you only have limited time off from work, don’t fret. You can see plenty of Guatemala in the time frame that we had; 2 weeks
Here is my fun and very doable 2 week itinerary:
We arrived in the capital, Guatemala City. Since I am more into nature travel and small towns, and had also heard that the city was a bit dangerous, we headed right out to the charming town of Antigua only about 45km away.
There, we rented scooters and explored the town and surrounding areas. By the way, for a great view I recommend the restaurant El Tenedor del Cerro, easily accessible with your scooters.
We also walked all around visiting cathedrals, and ruins, relaxed, and ate A LOT!
We hiked up Pacaya Volcano. It’s a steep climb, but if it’s too much you can take a horse the first half of the way. At the end of the hike we got to roast marshmallows on the lava, pretty darn cool.
If you have more time there are other volcanoes that take a few days to hike, Acantenango and Fuego.
After four days in Antigua we headed to Lake Atitlan(my personal favorite)
We stayed in the most wonderful eco sustainable hotel, Isla Verde
Swam in the lake
Took fishing lessons from locals on Cayukos (a tour provided by the hotel).
Ate fresh grown local food at the hotels slow cook restaurant.
Hiked through the different towns surrounding the lake, and jumped off cliffs
After 6 days at Lake Atitlan we took a bus ride to the Mayan ruins of Guatemala, Tikal(approximately 9 hour trip).
We stayed at the Jaguar Hotel which sits within the park.
We went on the sunrise tour, which is a hike through the jungle while it is still dark. We climbed to the top of one of the ancient temples. From there we watched the sun rise and listened to the sounds of the animals waking up. It was breathtaking.
We also explored the ruins during the day and took lots of pictures. Many people that we spoke to were heading to Belize afterwards but we headed back to Guatemala City for our flight home.
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