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How to Spend 3 Days in Guatemala City

How to Spend 3 Days in Guatemala City

There are plenty of things to do in Guatemala City, but it’s what is nearby that truly offers an opportunity to fall in love with the country. In fact, three days in the area is likely not enough time, especially when, there are so many magical places to learn more about the Guatemalan culture and experience traditional life.

However, there can definitely be a lot packed into three days in this area. So, get out your stop watch and get going!

Day One: Getting to Know the City Guatemala City itself has plenty to offer visitors. From diverse dining options to shopping to cultural attractions and clubs, a lot can be packed into a day in this large city. Start in Zona 1, the heart of the historic district, then venture further and hit up Zona 10 and the Popol Vuh Museum to check out pre-Columbian artifacts. No visit to the city is complete without visits to the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace, Civic Center and Ixchel Museum.

Day Two: Day Trip to Copan Rise and shine! Start your day early and hop on the bus to Copan, Honduras to check out massive ancient ruins from the Mayans. It’s easy to spend days here, but hit up the major attractions in the area – the acropolis, ball court, tunnels, hieroglyphic staircase and plaza – to get the basic idea of the magnitude of these ruins. Then, hop back on the bus and head into Guatemala City for a late dinner and dancing. For a serious nightclub party, check out NYX in Zona 10.

Day Three: Lake Atitlan Exploration This is the deepest lake in Central America (and likely also the most beautiful). Surrounded by volcanoes, spend time here either on the shore or on the water. In the afternoon, head in to one of the local villages to learn more about Guatemalan culture, then head over to Chichicatenango. If visiting on a Thursday or Sunday, be sure to pay a visit to the popular market which sells handmade wares

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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City with Lunch

Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City with Lunch

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Discover the ancient ruins of Tikal and gain a deeper understanding of Mayan culture and traditions on this Tikal day trip by air from Guatemala City with lunch. Take a scenic flight from the nation’ capital and make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed archeological park in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach. Wander the jungle with your expert guide who will offer up facts, stories and history about the temples that surround you. Get the most of your time in Guatemala with this truly memorable day trip!
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  • 15 hours
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US$361.79
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US$361.79
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Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Guatemala City

Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Guatemala City

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Swap the bustle of Guatemala City for the serene vistas of Lake Atitlan (Lake Atitlan) on this full-day tour, including hotel pick-up. Admire the trio of volcanoes that stand watch over the lake – Volcan San Pedro, Volcan Atitlan and Volcan Toliman – as you cruise across Lake Atitlan and explore the lakeside villages. Shop for handicrafts and unique souvenirs in lively Panajachel, tuck into a typical Guatemalan lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) and witness the culture and traditions of the Tzutujil people in Santiago de Atitlán.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$100.00
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Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City

Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City

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This popular Pacaya Volcano day trip from Guatemala City is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the country’s most active volcano. Follow your expert local guide to the top of this fiery mountain and look out over stunning views of Guatemala countryside. It’s a memorable way to experience the natural beauty of this incredible country and is perfect for novice hikers.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$82.09
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Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

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Take a tour from Guatemala City that showcases the mix of Spanish and Mayan traditions that have influenced this incredible nation. Journey into the Iximche ruins—one of Guatemala’s most famous archeological sites—and then make your way to the iconic Spanish colonial town of Antigua. Follow your expert guide to all of the local sites, including churches, plazas and shops—before making your way back to Guatemala City after this exciting day trip.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$80.99
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Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Guatemala City

Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Guatemala City

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Make the most of your travel time and get an up close look at the history and culture of the ancient Mayan world on this Tikal and Yaxha overnight trip by air from Guatemala City. You’ll venture into the jungle with your expert local guide during this 2-day adventure that includes stops at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park and the Mayan ceremonial site of Yaxha. Enjoy sunning views, ancient history and incredible insights as you savor delicious meals and experience the convenience of round-trip airfare to and from Guatemala City on this memorable tour of Mayan ruins.
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  • 2 days
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US$573.08
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Antigua Guatemala & Guatemala City Tour

Antigua Guatemala & Guatemala City Tour

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Explore the old and new capitals of Guatemala on this full-day sightseeing adventure that combines both vehicle and walking tours of Guatemala City and Antigua. You’ll see major highlights like the Civic Center, Metropolitan Cathedral and the Central Market in Guatemala City, before heading to the World-Heritage listed city of Antigua. Wander the historic streets of this picturesque colonial town and stop at La Merced Church, Central Park and other highlights before enjoying a traditional lunch.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$62.00
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US$62.00
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Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

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Unlock the beauty and history of one of the oldest cities in the Americas during this Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City. Your full-day excursion includes stops at some of the colonial town’s top attractions, including the Museo del Jade, La Merced Church, and even a picturesque coffee plantation that’s still in operation. Take in epic views of the cityscape from Cerro de la Cruz and learn about the former capital’s colorful past while you listen to your friendly local guide as they lead you through the cobbled streets.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$69.35
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Guatemala City Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

Guatemala City Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the buzzing capital of Guatemala on this 3-hour afternoon sightseeing tour of Guatemala City, including hotel pick-up. Get your bearings in Central America’s biggest city, as you follow your guide around landmarks like the Avenue of the Americas, Constitution Plaza and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Learn more about the city’s rich history and heritage as you admire the murals and mosaics of the Bank of Guatemala, browse for handicrafts at the bustling Central Market.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$34.00
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US$34.00
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5-Day Tour from Guatemala City: Antigua, Chichicastenango, Panajachel and Santiago Atitlán

5-Day Tour from Guatemala City: Antigua, Chichicastenango, Panajachel and Santiago Atitlán

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Escape from Guatemala City for a 5-day journey through rural Guatemala, including accommodation and round-trip coach transport. Explore the UNESCO-listed colonial city of Antigua with a 3-hour sightseeing tour; practice your haggling skills at Chichicastenango’s lively market; and admire the glorious volcanic backdrop of lakeside Panajachel. Keep your camera close by as you cruise along the serene Lake Atitlán and experience Tzutujil Mayan culture in colorful Santiago Atitlán.
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  • 5 days
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US$438.62
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Copan and Quirigua Overnight Trip from Guatemala City

Copan and Quirigua Overnight Trip from Guatemala City

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This two-day tour of Copan and Quirigua transports travelers back in time on a historic journey through stunning Mayan ruins. Travel through picturesque countryside to Copan, Honduras and spend a day touring the sites with your expert guide. Enjoy an evening in a local hotel before making your way to Quirigua—home of the tallest stela in the Mayan world—for a second UNESCO World Heritage Site-filled day before returning to Guatemala City.
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  • 2 days
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US$340.00
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Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala City

Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala City

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Explore the colorful towns of Panajachel and Chichicastenago on this exciting day trip from Guatemala City, complete with round-trip hotel service. You’ll wander through open-air markets and comb through the unique handmade goods Guatemala is famous for on this popular day trip. Visit the Church of Santo Tomas and Calvary Church in Chichiscastenango’s central plaza with your expert local guide, and make your way to the lakeside town of Panajachel, where you’ll navigate the Santander Street towards incredible views of Lake Atitlan and check out handcrafted leather goods, pottery and fabrics along the way.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$76.93
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