What’s the best time to visit Guatemala? The ‘land of eternal spring’ is located in Central America, between the Pacific and the Caribbean at 15 degrees north of the Equator. Bordered by Mexico to the north, Belize to its east, El Salvador on the south and Honduras on the southeast side, Guatemala’s proximity to the equator naturally leads to very little seasonal variation. In fact, Guatemala has only two seasons – the rainy season and the dry season.
The best time to visit Guatemala is during the dry season.
The best time to visit Guatemala is during the dry season, between the months of November and April. However, where you travel in the country is crucial since Guatemala is divided into three climatic zones depending on altitude. The low lying region of Guatemala boasts an altitude of up to 1000 meters and is known as the Tierra Caliente. With the Pacific Coast and the rainforest to its north, the climate in this area is tropical with high humidity throughout the year. Rainfall occurs everyday and daytime temperatures can reach as high as 40 degree celcius! Nights are not much cooler with the temperature rarely dipping below 20 degree celsius.
The slightly higher regions between 1000 and 1800 meters of altitude–the Tierra Templada–are characterized by volcanic mountains, leading to a temperate climate. It’s often pleasantly warm and dry during the dry season in these areas, making it the ideal time for trekking, sightseeing and wildlife tours. However, regions at altitudes higher than 1800 meters–the Tierra Fria–can get quite cool at night.
The rainy season lasts from May to October with short and heavy showers throughout this time. It usually gets cloudy around lunchtime and by afternoon, heavy downpours can be expected everywhere. It also rains at night quite often. Rainfall can problematic for traveling in some areas, especially those where the road conditions are not good. This is because, in the high mountains, heavy rainfall often leads to floods and landslides.
The best time to visit Guatemala depends on what you wish to see and do. Our destination experts are happy to customize your private tour according to the ideal seasons for a visit and ensure that all your interests and preferences are catered to. Contact us today for your tailor-made, obligation-free itinerary.
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