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What time should we return to Guatemala City from Atitlan?

London, Canada
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What time should we return to Guatemala City from Atitlan?
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We will be spending 4 nights in Antigua, 2 nights in Panajachel, and 1 night in Guatemala City. Should we arrange an early departure from Panajachel (9AM?) in order to have the afternoon to explore some of GC? If so, what should we see during that limited amount of time?

Or are we better off staying longer in Panajachel, and just hanging out at our hotel in GC the night before our departure?

The Dalles, Oregon
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It's your choice but I would definitely want the extra time on Lake Atitlán. You could spend your 1 full day exploring other villages and your partial day (or days - not sure when you'll arrive from Antigua), hiking in the Pana Reserve, shopping in Panajachel (arguably the best gift and souvenir shopping in the country) or visiting additional area towns and markets.

The historical center of Guatemala is interesting and there are some nice museums, I just don't think I'd prioritize them when your time on the lake is so short. Have a great trip, whatever you decide!

PS If you decide a half-day visit to GC is a priority, I'd give up time in Antigua instead of time on the lake, given your 'extra' time there.

Edited: 12:42 pm, March 07, 2017
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Okay, I guess we will skip GC then. Thanks (again!) for your advice.

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