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Trying to plan Guatemala trip. Need help with travel times.

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Hello.

We are just getting started planning a trip in February and will be staying 7 nights.
Just ordered a guidebook but haven't received it yet and I'm having a bit of trouble finding drive times between towns which I need to fine tune our itinerary.

First, we are very active travelers and like to get a lot of sightseeing in as opposed to spending time relaxing. I love photography so we really enjoy wandering around picturesque areas. We would love to do some hiking, zip-lining, maybe biking or kayaking. And we love seeing ruins and wildlife! (Guatemala sounds right up our alley:) )


So far we are thinking of dividing our time as such:
2 nights Antigua
3 nights Lake Atitlan
2 nights Tikal

It's the order of these 3 places that are puzzling me.

It seems logical to go straight to Antigua as soon as we arrive.
Then head to the Lake.
Then drive back to Guat City to fly to Tikal.
Then fly Flores back to Guat City and fly straight home the same day.

The problem for us with this plan is that we don't feel very comfortable with having only the one opportunity to catch the flight from FRS-GUA that will let us make our flight home.
The flight from FRS-GUA leaves FRS at 8:20am, getting into GUA at 9:10am.
Our flight back home departs GUA at 2:00pm.
Sounds good, but if something were to go wrong (weather, mechanical or cancellation), then we miss our flight home. And we are worry-warts when it comes to catching flights, so we really don't want to do that.

Soooo,
Then I started thinking maybe we could do Tikal in the middle:

2 nights Antigua
2 nights Tikal
3 nights Lake Atitlan

Which is where I now need to know if this is too much backtracking.

So, we'd have to drive from Antigua back to GC for the flight to Tikal.
After Tikal, we'd drive GC to Panajachel area.
Then drive back Panajachel to GC.

Can someone please tell me the drive times for these legs???
GC - Antigua
Antigua - Panajachel (or lake region)
GC - Panajachel

When I say drive times, I do mean by public transportation (shuttle bus, taxi?)
However, we have rented cars in many foreign countries (just recently drove in Peru and also Costa Rica, so we are familiar with the conditions/driving habits of Latin American countries) and are also open to this possibility.
We will definitely fly to/from Tikal to save time.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks:)>-

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