A country that offers an unforgettable combination of dramatic landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history. Steeped in Mayan tradition and home to some of the most spectacular ruins in Latin America, this fascinating country has more than its fair share of outstanding beauty. From stunning lakes and picture-perfect volcanoes to charming colonial cities scattered with fabulous boutique hotels.

From Antigua’s cobbled streets, bustling plazas and candy-coloured facades to tranquil Lake Atitlan, which enjoys a spectacular location in the shadow of three dramatic smouldering volcanoes – Guatemala’s history and beauty will amaze visitors. Throughout Guatemala, you’ll find traditional communities and bustling markets where you can experience some of the rich cultural heritage of this fascinating country. While to the north lie several archaeological sites, including the imposing remains of mighty Tikal, the enigmatic lost city of the Mayans.

Top Recommendations

  • Lost temples climbing above the jungle canopy at Tikal
  • The city of Antigua, with its Spanish-era convents, colonial ruins and backpacker bars
  • Watch the sunrise from atop Volcan Tajumulco, the highest point in Central America
  • Paddle the placid waters of Lake Atitlan, ringed by an ever-present sentry of active volcanoes
  • Soak in the cool emerald pools of Semuc Champey
  • Surf the breaks at Sipacate, the county’s largely undiscovered surf capital

When to Visit

Guatemala has a pleasant climate year-round, with warm days and mild evenings, there is no bad time to visit. There are two main seasons, with dry season running from November to April and rainy season from May to October. However, downpours are normally limited to the late afternoon. The weather is generally tropical but can get quite cool in the highland regions, particularly from December to February.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Guatemala City.