Guatemala / When To Visit

Guatemala is a a genuine year-round holiday destination

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Guatemala's high season runs from the start of November to the end of April

Guatemala can be visited year-round although, invariably, certain times of year are more favourable for travel than others.

As with most of the surrounding region, Guatemala’s high season broadly runs from the start of November to the end of April. During these winter months, the weather is drier than the summer months which run from May through October.

However, although temperatures in Guatemala do vary between summer and winter, the principal difference is determined by altitude.

While the largely flat, northern province of Peten is only slightly above sea-level, much of the rest of Guatemala is located within mountainous highlands where the altitude seldom dips below 5,000 feet.

So, while Peten is pretty much permanently hot, the weather in much of the rest of the country is almost late spring-like, warm to hot during the daytime and cool in the evenings.

Although rain is not uncommon during the dry season and it doesn’t rain all the time during the wet season, unlike certain countries where the rain is just disappointing, remoter parts of Guatemala are either simply not worth visiting or difficult to access due to poor road conditions.

So, while the key tourist destinations can be visited year-round, if you’re planning on taking to the road less travelled, you will probably want to limit yourself to travel between November and May.

However, if you decide or need to travel during the summer months, one positive meteorological consequence of travelling then is that, because Guatemala is in the northern hemisphere, the days are longer.

A final, and no less important consideration, relates to crowds and pricing. As with pretty much anywhere one travels, high season means bigger crowds and higher prices with hotel rates in the high season often being double those for travel in May, June, September & October.

Due to higher demand, and a scarcity of accommodation, clients looking to travel during the high season (and especially Christmas, New Year & Easter) should book as far in advance as possible.

When to visit Guatemala

  • January

    19°C
  • February

    20°C
  • March

    22°C
  • April

    25°C
  • May

    24°C
  • June

    23°C
  • July

    23°C
  • August

    24°C
  • September

    24°C
  • October

    23°C
  • November

    19°C
  • December

    19°C

Month by Month

  • January

    The weather in January is near ideal right across Guatemala and, accordingly this is a very popular month for travel.

  • February

    The weather in February is very similar to January, perhaps a smidge warmer, but demand isn’t quite as high.

  • March

    As with January & February, March is a great time to visit Guatemala, perhaps the best month of all. Depending on dates, if you wish to visit over Semana Santa (Easter) you will need to book a long way in advance.

  • April

    The weather in the highlands remains relatively unchanged from the last 3 months but, within the lowlands of Peten, temperatures begin to rise. As with above, and depending on dates, if you wish to visit over Semana Santa (Easter) you will need to book a long way in advance.

  • May

    With winter now over, temperatures begin to rise and rainfall becomes more common across the country. However, this is still a good time to visit Guatemala especially as rates drop from their winter highs.

  • June

    One of the 2 wettest months of the year in Guatemala, June is not the ideal time to visit Guatemala although it’s not entirely out of the question

  • July

    Drier than both June & September, the school summer holidays of July & August are

  • August

    Drier than both June & September, the school summer holidays of July & August are

  • September

    September is the wettest month of the year in Guatemala and it’s wet pretty much everywhere. It’s not impossible to travel at this time of year but certainly not ideal.

  • October

    While rainfall in the Peten region is generally fairly similar to September, there is a welcome decline elsewhere in the country. Hotel rates are still close to their lowest making this a popular time to visit.

  • November

    The start of winter generally sees a marked decline in rainfall, especially in Guatemala’s highlands. Temperatures are also ideal across the country making this a popular time to visit before the Christmas rush.

  • December

    The weather in December is very similar to January and ideal for exploring. For the first half of the month things are generally quite calm before, in the build-up to Christmas and New Year, both airline and hotel rates reach their peak.

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