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The best time to travel in Guatemala

Favour the dry season to take off and discover Guatemala and in any case, be prepared to tackle a hot and humid climate.

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The best period to travel to Guatemala is between December and April: the temperatures are pleasant and you'll have the opportunity to celebrate Easter as it should be celebrated. The months from May to September should be avoided at all costs, as it's the rainy season and so there's mud in some spots. The storms can be fierce in October and November. And be warned: apart from in the mountains, the temperatures are often hot and the climate humid.

Travel around the volcanoes

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Admire Guatemala's legendary volcanoes, such as Tajumulco, the highest point of Central America. You can also hike at San Pedro to admire the view over Lake Atitlan, or watch a sunrise at Santa Maria. Favour the period between December and April in order to avoid rainfall. 

Travel around the Mayan ruins

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Guatemala is full of magnificent remains of the Mayan civilisation. You can't miss the legendary site of Tikal, as well as the Copan site's headstones. If you want to avoid the crowds, head for Quirigua, a site which is just as beautiful, but visited less. Preferably set off between December and April to discover these treasures in the best possible climate.

Travel around the flora and fauna

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In Guatemala, you'll come across turtles and whales, as well as numerous species of birds, for example, in the village of Monterrico. On the banks of the Dulce River, you can see manatees and crocodiles, whilst bird lovers will discover a large number of them in the tropical forests around Coban. Set off between December and April to avoid the rain and mud which consequently invades the jungle.

Relaxing travel

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If you visit to Guatemala, make sure you take breaks and relax: it's almost a way of life in the country. Whether it's a hammock next to the water in Monterrico or in a lodge at Dolce River, there's just one instruction to follow: relax. Set off between December and April to prevent rainfalls disturbing your siesta.

Sport and activities travel

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Go hiking in Guatemala, notably in the volcanic scenery. You can also travel the country by mountain bike or motorbike. Go scuba diving and water-rafting, as well as swimming, of course. And you'll certainly spend some time watching the birds in Tikal National Park or elsewhere. Choose the period which stretches from December to April.
Tiphaine Leblanc
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Updated 26 October 2018