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Antigua, Guatemala

Vibrant culture, active volcanoes and iconic Mayan ruins

Guatemala, a land of kaleidoscopic wonders, beckons adventurers with its rich combination of history, nature, and culture.

As the cradle of the ancient Maya civilization, it offers a tantalising blend of archaeological marvels and breathtaking landscapes.

Begin your journey in Antigua, the former capital adorned with colonial splendour. Despite the ravages of the 1717 earthquake, its cobblestone streets and neo-colonial edifices exude charm. Gaze upon the majestic peaks of Fuego and Agua volcanoes, delve into vibrant markets, and marvel at the golden facade of La Merced church.

Lake Atitlan, a jewel of Central America, captivates with its azure waters cradled by volcanic peaks. Dive into its depths for a refreshing swim, embark on a leisurely boat ride, or explore quaint lakeside villages. Don't miss the cultural extravaganza of Chichicastenango market on Thursdays and Sundays, or the bustling markets of Sololá, where tradition thrives amidst a sea of colour.

Venture north to Tikal National Park, a lush sanctuary housing the remnants of an ancient Mayan metropolis. Lose yourself amidst the towering temples and crumbling palaces, immersing in the whispers of bygone civilizations. For a magical experience, witness the sunset over the twin pyramids of Yaxha, another testament to the ingenuity of the Maya.

After a brief stop in Copan Ruinas in Honduras, visit Livingston, a vibrant Afro-Caribbean enclave where Garifuna culture thrives amidst colourful streets and lively rhythms. Explore its bustling markets, indulge in fresh seafood delights, or simply soak in the laid-back atmosphere.

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When to go to Guatemala and Honduras

Month-by-month guide of when to visit Guatemala and Honduras

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This month offers warm sunny days and cooler evenings, making it perfect for exploring the highland regions of Guatemala around Antigua and Lake Atitlan.



Similar to January, February offers excellent weather for volcano hiking and exploring Mayan ruins at Tikal and Copan.



The dry season continues with March an ideal month destinations throughout the region. Temperatures are comforable with low humidity in jungle regions.



Depending on the date of Easter, April can be a particularly busy month with the traditional 'Semana Santa' festivals in Antigua.



May marks the start of the rainy season, with higher humidity however it's still possible to enjoy the country's natural beauty with less tourists throughout the country.



The rainfall increases in June, so travellers can take advantage of lower prices and fewer tourists while exploring attractions like Antigua and Tikal.



Despite rain showers, July offers opportunities for exploration is the lush jungle environment. Showers tend to be of a short duration.



The rains become more intense in August, and while travel is possible, some roads may be prone to flooding so journeys are longer.



A rainy month which tends to offer dry mornings with rain in the afternoons, typically for a couple of hours. Accommodation rates are lower, reflecting the wet conditions.



Very similar to September, although the rains will be tapering off towards the end of the month. Patience for travelling around the country is needed if roads are affected.



As the dry season approaches, November is a good month for visiting the region with all the country's highlights accessible.



Weather wise the holiday month of December is very similar to November with the rains tapering off. Enjoy the Christmas festivities in cities like Antigua or Copan in Honduras.


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