On this four-day trip to Guatemala, explore the local culture, along with one of the most stunning lakeside landmarks. Begin in Antiqua, and tour the churches, monasteries, and Mayan ruins, along with choosing between different artisanal workshops. Then, travel to Lake Atitlán to view the iconic body of water, along with visiting the local villages.

Highlights

  • Explore the churches, monasteries, and Mayan ruins in Antigua
  • Gain access to different artisanal workshops, from chocolate to leather work
  • Tour beautiful Lake Atitlán and visit its surrounding villages

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Antigua Antigua
Day 2 Tour Antigua Antigua
Day 3 Explore Lake Atitlán Lake Atitlán
Day 4 Depart from Guatemala City  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Guatemala City 

Antigua’s famous Santa Catalina Arch
Antigua’s famous Santa Catalina Arch

Welcome to Guatemala City! A travel representative will meet you outside the airport. Upon arrival, you will be presented with a welcome packet with general information about your stay and the destinations slated for your itinerary. Transfer from the Guatemala City Airport to Antigua, and check into your hotel. Then, enjoy the day at your leisure. 

Day 2: Tour Antigua

Tanque de La Unión, Antigua Guatemala.
Tanque de La Unión, Antigua Guatemala.

Today, do some exploration of Antigua and its nearby villages. Immerse yourself in the diversity of local Antigua culture. The nearly 500-year-old city is cradled by three volcanoes and accented with colorful facades of 16th-century mansions, churches, and convents. Enjoy hands-on experiences with a series of workshops designed to integrate you into the Mayan culture.

Visit sites like the San Francisco church and ruins, the Santo Domingo ruins, the La Merced church and ruins, and the iconic Arch of Santa Catalina. In addition, stroll the Main Square, along with the surrounding municipal building, palace, and cathedral.

Tour villages and their workshops, which include the below:

  • Pastores: A leather workshop
  • San Juan del Obispo: A chocolate workshop
  • San Pedro las Huertas: A jade workshop
  • Ciudad Vieja: A coffee workshop
  • San Antonio Aguas Calientes: A textiles workshop
  • Santa María de Jesús: Events vary, and are only held on Sundays

The evening is at your leisure to explore Antigua at night.

Day 3: Explore Lake Atitlán

Lake Atitlán, Panajachel.
Lake Atitlán

In the morning, embark on a village tour around Lake Atitlán. Get exclusive access to hidden treasures known only to local guides, and immerse yourself in the diversity of the local cultures. 

In addition, plan to visit San Juan La Laguna. This small town is home to cooperatives that sell traditional textiles, paintings, textiles, and Guatemalan sweets that serve as great souvenirs. One the least-visited cities around the lake, San Juan offers a more authentic, Guatemalan experience—it houses a unique cotton museum, which offers an internal view of the processing, from the creation of yarn and dyeing different garments, according to the Mayans.

Next, explore Santiago Atitlán, which is famous for the neighboring house where the deity Maximón resides and is a fitting example of Guatemalan syncretism. Santiago Atitlán is the home of the Weaving Center and Museum of Cojolya, which was founded by the Mayan Women Weavers Association of Cojolya.

Day 4: Depart from Antigua

Adiós, Guatemala!
Adiós, Guatemala!

Today, it is time to say goodbye to Guatemala. A private transfer will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Guatemala City Airport. It is recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before your international flight home. Adiós!

Map

Map of Discover Antigua & Lake Atitlán - 4 Days
Map of Discover Antigua & Lake Atitlán - 4 Days