However, during the months of December and January in the highlands it can sometimes be cold, even during the day. In the hotter, more humid lowland regions you will be more comfortable in light cotton clothing.
Guatemalans tend to dress modestly and conservatively.
In altitude above 2000m (Chichicastenango, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango) it can become chilly after sunset, so a jacket is recommended.
During the daytime, it is likely to be warm in all regions of Guatemala.
Moreover, when visiting Mayan temples, you will find that the staircases leading to the top are rather steep, and therefore modest shorts or light trousers are the more practical option.
During the rainy season in Guatemala, which stretches from May to October, heavy rain showers occur daily for a short time.
Even in some luxury hotels there won’t be a TV in the room; so bringing a book is a good idea.
Remember that you’re on vacation, so don’t bring your work, – your family will appreciate it!
For safety reasons however, avoid depending entirely on cash.
Bring only what you will need for the first couple of days and take advantage of banks at the airport to obtain local currencies, especially if you are arriving during the Weekend.
Regular umbrellas are not very suitable for these downpours; so either carry a large one or a raincoat.
For visiting Antigua, Guatemala City and Lake Atitlán, where you will find more expensive hotels and restaurants, you may feel more comfortable wearing smarter clothes.
A small calculator might be also useful, as well as a small dictionary Back to the top Before traveling, contact your local operator and make sure that your mobile phone is compatible with the technology of our networks and find out the agreements they might have for roaming form Guatemala.