When to go

Climate is dependent upon altitude and varies greatly. Most of the population lives at between 900 m and 2500 m, where the climate is healthy - with warm days and cool nights, so you'll need warm clothes at night. The majority of visitors spend most of their time in the highlands, where the dry season lasts from November to April. The central region around Cobán has an occasional drizzle-like rain called
chipi chipi
in February and March. Some places enjoy a respite from the rains (the
) in July and August. On the Pacific and Caribbean coasts you can expect rain all year round, heaviest on the Pacific in June and September with a dry spell in between, but with no dry season on the Caribbean. In the lowlands of El Petén, the wet season is roughly May to October, when the mosquitoes are most active. December to February are cooler months, while March and April are hot and dry. All of this is increasingly settled, according to Guatemalans, who say that the clear divisions of the seasons are blurring. In terms of festivals, the key events are
Semana Santa
at Easter in Antigua
This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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