Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

Monday, April 27, 2015

What's the Weather Like in Guatemala?

A young man from Costa Rica said Panajachel was too cold. If you are wanting a very hot, tropical climate when you come, you may be disappointed. Be sure to throw in a sweater to go with your shorts and flip flops.

Guatemala has two seasons: wet and dry. The dry season--December to May-- is sunny and warm during the day but can get cool in the evenings. The Lake Atitlan region is at an elevation of up to 5000 ft, and the higher up areas can get quite cool. Also, there's no central heating in hotels, homes and restaurants, nor air conditioning either. I suggest bringing something warm for sleeping, in case the bedding at your hotel isn't sufficient.

During the day, it can get hot as you walk around town, and that's when layering works best. A jacket or sweater for cool mornings can be shed during the day and put in your backpack, ready for sunset. I like to put in my flip flops too, in case my feet get too hot in shoes.

If your eyes are sensitive to the sun, bring a couple pairs of sunglasses. I'm never without mine. Buying them locally can be pricey, as it's one of those "the tourists will pay for them" items.

In the rainy season-- May through November-- the time to go out is in the mornings when the sun is shining. Take an umbrella in case you get caught in the rain which nearly always starts by 1 or 2 pm.

That's when I like to be home next to my fireplace, with plenty of dry wood nearby.


  1. Hi Karen - sounds almost like Johannesburg (5,750 ft) weather and housing conditions ... but the rains never came regularly at 4.00 pm in the afternoons as I'd heard that they did when I was growing up ...

    Sounds ideal weather ... especially with an extra layer, and something to lollop on top of the bed to keep that bit cosier at night .. cheers Hilary

  2. Sounds lovely to me! Perhaps I'm a teensy bit sick of snow and ice. It is raining today! Huzzah! Love to see the photos of you Karen - you look so nice and relaxed.

  3. The consensus seems to be lovely. It does sound good to me too...getting away from snow and ice!

  4. This actually does sound great. Wonderful for sleeping, not overly sticky and hot (like it can get here in the Niagara Region, Canada) and it sounds refreshing