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Flying into SAP and out of GUA 12 days later. Itinerary?

Flying into SAP and out of GUA 12 days later. Itinerary?

Old Jul 1st, 2019, 06:50 PM
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Flying into SAP and out of GUA 12 days later. Itinerary?

Please help create an itinerary - first time visiting both countries.

​Bought a one way ticket into SAP Honduras, arriving August at 11pm, and another one way ticket out of GUA Guatemala at 5pm 12 days later.

I'm 32, love nature, hiking, and history.

I'd prefer to stay in hostels if possible and with recommendations.

Thanks in advance!
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Old Jul 8th, 2019, 11:22 AM
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12 days is really tight to see much of 2 countries. You’re going to have to prioritize based on your travel interests and we can’t really guess what they might be. Are you a diver? Love to snorkle? Bay Islands might be a priority, then spend a few days rafting or kayaking near La Ceiba and stop in Copán Ruinas for a few nights en route to GC for your flight out. Or you could skip the beach and La Ceiba area, enjoy Copán Ruinas, and have time for 2 or 3 stops in Guatemala. Probably Antigua and Atitlán but maybe Tikal, too, if you don’t mind pushing pretty hard. You can’t do it all so you’ll have to choose. Happy trails!
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While 12 days sounds like a long time, as hopefulist says, it won't be for two countries when you factor in overland travel time.


The Mayan ruins at Copan and the adjoining town of Copan Ruinas are about three hours from San Pedro Sula. The town has a good hotel selection, a lot of great restaurants, and several non-ruins things to do.

I like the colonial towns of Gracias and Santa Rosa de Copan (nothing to do with the ruins and not near the ruins). They're also about three hours from San Pedro Sula.

The city of San Pedro Sula itself has become quite dangerous. Get out as fast as you can. If your flight arrives late, spend the night in one of the larger hotels on the outskirts of town.and leave the next morning.


As hopefulist says, Antigua and Lake Atitlan are always crowd-pleasers. Neither would take you too far afield from Guatemala City to require a lot of long hours on the road. You will several hours to get there from Honduras, though.

Thursday and Sunday and market days in the mountain town of Chichicastenango. You can sign on with a tour that will take you there and bring you back but leave you on your own to wander the market. Chichi is two hours from Antigua and one hour from Panajachel, the largest town on Lake Atitlan. It's totally tourist, but it's a lot of fun. I would plan to make this a Thursday or Sunday trip.

You could stay in Antigua your last night before flying out. It's easy to arrange transport to the airport without having to stay in Guatemala City.

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All good information, BUT if you have a morning departure from GUA, it is much better to spend your last night close to the airport. There are many inexpensive hotels and hostels close by and most offer shuttle service to the airport. Spending the last night in Antigua leaves you at the mercy of morning traffic into the city which can be a nightmare! I lived in Guatemala for 31 years so know what I am talking about.
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​​​Just some practical advice: There is a Hedman Alas bus non-stop from Copán Ruinas, Honduras to Guatemala City. There’s one a day leaving at 2:30pm (actually left at 3pm) and it had me checking into my Guatemala City hotel in the nearby Zona Viva around 9pm. If you decide to do this, I was glad I decided on a hotel In GC for wear-and-tear reasons.

I concur with others that Antigua and Copán are definitely worth considering. Even for Guatemala City visits (with appropriate research on neighbourhoods), I’ve tended to have fun, if you end up needing to stop there.

Bon Voyage! Daniel
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