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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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February is a great month to visit Guatemala. Days are predominantly warm and sunny, but it's not as challenging to find hotel accommodation compared to during 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.

Nik, Latin America Specialist

Guatemala Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Antigua 72°F 0" 73°F 0" 77°F 0" 77°F 1" 77°F 5" 73°F 9" 73°F 7" 75°F 6" 73°F 9" 73°F 5" 73°F 1" 72°F 0"
Flores 81°F 3" 82°F 2" 84°F 2" 88°F 1" 90°F 5" 91°F 8" 88°F 7" 88°F 7" 88°F 9" 84°F 8" 81°F 5" 81°F 3"
Lake Atitlan 79°F 0" 79°F 1" 81°F 1" 79°F 2" 79°F 6" 75°F 16" 77°F 9" 77°F 9" 75°F 16" 77°F 9" 79°F 2" 79°F 1"
Tikal & El Petén 79°F 2" 82°F 1" 86°F 2" 90°F 2" 90°F 5" 88°F 9" 86°F 7" 88°F 5" 86°F 7" 84°F 7" 82°F 5" 81°F 2"

Month-by-month guide to traveling 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 (2nd November): Although Guatemala’s ‘Day of the Dead’ festivities are not as elaborate as Mexico's, families still mark the event with visits to cemeteries, and Santiago Sacatepéquez hosts a kite-flying fair.
  • Holy Week (March/April): Some of the most fascinating and colorful Holy Week traditions can be observed in Antigua, Guatemala. Religious processions pass through streets vibrantly carpeted in flowers and colored sawdust.

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