How to spend one week in Guatemala

As a slow traveler I’m not used to spending just one week in a country. I squeezed Guatemala into my schedule last minute, but it was well worth it! Granted, a week in Guatemala is not enough. Unfortunately sometimes a week is all you have to work with. Here’s my itinerary for one week in Guatemala.

Antigua

We started our trip in the most beautiful city in Guatemala. It is also one of the most photogenic places I’ve ever been to! It isn’t that big, but I could spend weeks exploring the little streets and enjoying the great vibes of this old colonial town. There are so many old ruins and beautiful buildings that you’ll want to stop on every corner. From Antigua you can also climb the Acatenango Volcano, which takes 2 days. If you don’t feel like climbing a volcano Antigua has plenty to offer itself. Besides all the beautiful churches and ruins it has some of the best restaurants and an amazing craft market.

 Arco de Santa Catalinalocal girls in Antigua Guatemala

Lake Atitlan

The famous lake is more than worth a visit. It is surrounded by 12 volcanos and lots of little towns to visit around the lake. Definitely take a few days to explore them all! You’ll arrive in Panajachal where you can take the boat to the other towns. Most people stay in San Pedro la Laguna. This is the party destination with lots of backpackers. San Pedro also has a volcano you can hike up! If you’re looking for a more quiet place to stay head to Santa Cruz or San Marcos. Here you’ll find more of a ‘yoga/hippie’ vibe. We stayed in the little town of San Marcos. There is a very nice backpacker hostel called ‘hostel del Lago’. It has a yoga deck overlooking the lake, good food and it’s gorgeous location on the waterfront makes it a great place to relax.

hostel del Lago view lake atitlan

Possibly Semuc Champey

Literally everyone told us to go here. We unfortunately couldn’t make it here, because it takes some time to get there and we didn’t want to rush. We decided to spend more time in some of the other places we visited, but we could have squeezed it in if we really wanted to. It is right in between Antigua and Flores so it could be a good stopover. The main attraction here are the stunning turquoise pools.

Flores/Tikal

Probably the Guatemala’s biggest attraction is the legendary Maya city Tikal. Hidden in the jungle it is a magical place to visit. What was most surprising to me is that when me and my friend visited Tikal, we barely saw any other tourists. We felt like we had the whole place to ourselves! It was almost a private tour as me and my friend only had 2 other people joining us. For a more in depth guide you can read my little guide to Flores and and Tikal

Tikal Guatemala temple in Tikal Guatemala