The best time to visit Guatemala depends on your priorities: places visited, weather, availability, preferred activities, local seasonality, local festivals and events. The busiest period for tourist visits is Dec - Mar.
- The best weather conditions in the highlands around Antigua, Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlán are during the dry season Dec - May. The tropical jungle around Tikal is hot and humid all year and the lowlands of the Caribbean coast are also sweltering with temperatures over 30°C from May - Oct. This is the period of most rainfall too, but there’s plenty of sunshine all year, Mar - Aug are the sunniest months.
- If you love a good fiesta, you may opt to spend Easter in Antigua (book well in advance) but there are celebrations throughout the country, as is the Day of the Dead, 1-2 Nov. Or factor in the festival of Santo Tomás, Chichicastenango, 13 -22 Dec, with processions, traditional dancing and marimba music.
- There are many other festivals in Guatemala from giant kite flying near Antigua to wild horse-racing in remote Todos Los Santos – if you’d like to time your holiday to include them please contact us for dates.