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.
Carolyn, Italy Specialist
February is a great month to visit Guatemala. Days are predominantly warm and sunny, and is not as challenging to find hotel accommodation as the busier periods of January and Easter. It is a wonderful time to explore Guatemala’s beautiful villages, markets, lake scenery and dramatic Mayan ruins.
Guatemala Climate Guide
|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
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.
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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