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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.

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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

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

  • Fiesta de la Virgen de la Asuncion (15th August): The feast of Guatemala’s patron brings processions and small fairs to many Guatemalan towns.
  • Independence Day (15th September): The anniversary of Guatemala's independence is celebrated across the country with a public holiday, parades and music.

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