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When is the best time to visit Guatemala?

Guatemala has a pleasant climate that lends itself to year-round visits. The dry season runs from November to April, but even in the wet season the rainfall is generally only for a couple of hours a day in the main visitor regions.

The highlands are known for having beautiful warm days but cool nights, while the lowlands around Tikal are usually hot all year round, with humidity increasing from May onwards.

We only advise against travel in September and October if you are combining your visit with some beach time in Belize, as the rain will be more disruptive here.

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Guatemala Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Antigua 22°C 1mm 23°C 3mm 25°C 4mm 25°C 28mm 25°C 119mm 23°C 240mm 23°C 178mm 24°C 151mm 23°C 232mm 23°C 136mm 23°C 20mm 22°C 6mm
Flores 27°C 65mm 28°C 54mm 29°C 43mm 31°C 34mm 32°C 137mm 33°C 209mm 31°C 186mm 31°C 182mm 31°C 228mm 29°C 208mm 27°C 116mm 27°C 87mm
Lake Atitlan 26°C 4mm 26°C 22mm 27°C 21mm 26°C 57mm 26°C 156mm 24°C 411mm 25°C 223mm 25°C 232mm 24°C 404mm 25°C 236mm 26°C 47mm 26°C 14mm
Tikal & El Petén 26°C 63mm 28°C 32mm 30°C 55mm 32°C 47mm 32°C 118mm 31°C 217mm 30°C 166mm 31°C 121mm 30°C 171mm 29°C 173mm 28°C 116mm 27°C 62mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Visiting Guatemala in November - April

Guatemala’s dry season brings dazzling blue skies and warm sunshine to Antigua and Lake Atitlan. Similar conditions can be enjoyed in the highlands; though evenings here can be chilly year-round due to the higher altitude. In the lowland areas around Tikal with its surrounding jungle you can expect short showers, but this has no impact on touring here. Demand for rooms in Guatemala’s generally small and characterful hotels spikes from mid-December to mid-January and again over Easter, making early planning crucial at this time.

Events & Festivals

  • All Souls Day – although Guatemala’s ‘Day of the Dead’ festivities are not as elaborate as in neighbouring Mexico, families still mark the event with visits to cemeteries and the kite flying fair at Santiago Sacatepéquez is one of the country’s most enjoyable.
  • Some of Latin America’s most fascinating and colourful Holy Week traditions can be observed in Antigua, Guatemala. Religious processions pass through streets vibrantly carpeted in flowers and coloured saw dust.
Cathedral, Antigua, Guatemala

Visiting Guatemala in May - October

During the rainy season in Guatemala you can often expect sunny mornings and showers falling predominantly in the afternoon, usually lasting no longer than a couple of hours. Temperatures remain warm, but you will notice increased humidity in the lowland areas around Tikal. This is also one of the only places where the rains may complicate journey times, as the inferior condition of the roads around Tikal and crossing the border into Belize lead to more arduous road travel after heavy rainfall.

Events & Festivals

  • The feast of Guatemala’s patron, la Virgen de la Asuncion, brings processions and small fairs to many Guatemalan towns.
  • Independence Day is celebrated across Guatemala with a public holiday, parades and music.

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