GUATEMALA, HEART OF THE MAYAN WORLD
Its geographic location in Central America and access to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans makes it easy to reach from anywhere in the world. Its abundant biodiversity and high levels of endemism have made it one of the Megadiverse nations of the planet.
The country consists of an extensive karst plain to the north, occupied by a dense tropical jungle that serves as an ideal setting for the protection of the largest number of Mayan archaeological sites in all of Mesoamerica.
An extensive chain of mountains and volcanos stretches across the country, generating the highest peaks of all Central America and some of the most active volcanoes in the world. To the south, there are beaches of volcanic sand and sumptuous valleys of fertile soils perfect for any type of agricultural crop. This impressive geomorphology creates an impressive variety of microclimates and allows a change of environment in a short travel distance.
All this natural setting is enriched by the impressive beauty of the typical textiles, the exquisite local gastronomy, the joy of the Caribbean Garifuna and the mystical fusion between the millenary Maya worldview and the Spaniard’s heritage.
Guatemala’s unique characteristics makes it a tourist haven. Its extraordinary cultural richness, an impressive historical legacy, beautiful landscapes, abundant biodiversity and the kindness of its people are intermingled to make it an unforgettable journey. Traveling to Guatemala guarantees an authentic experience; placing the visitor in direct contact with the true essence of the country. There are no montages, shows or performances by actors here; each of the different cultural manifestations have a true direct connection with history and the local population.
Guatemala's protected areas allow an intimate relationship with the environment; disconnecting the visitor from the busy modern lifestyle and linking it again with nature. Most of the emblematic tourist sites are not crowded with noisy visitors, guaranteeing a memorable, unique and above all authentic experience.
WHEN TO TRAVEL?
The country has two main seasons:
Green season: May - October
Dry season: November - April
OCTOBER – MAY: VOLCANO SEASON
Although Guatemala’s volcanoes can be climbed throughout the year; this is the best time to do so. The rainy season has ended and the sky will be clear, allowing you to have excellent views from the highest peaks in all Central America.
MARCH – AUGUST: MAYAN BIOSPHERE RESERVE TREKKING
This is the best season to trek in the jungles of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve. The chances of rain are minimal; flood zones are dry and there is none or very little presence of pesky bugs such as mosquitoes and ticks.
MARCH – APRIL: BIRDING
This is the best time of the year for birding, as resident species increases their activity and singing displays due to the start of their mating season. Also, during this time the migratory species with their renewed plumage are preparing to return to North America.
NOVEMBER – APRIL: TREKKING AND HORSEBACK RIDING AT THE MAYAN HIGHLANDS
This is the best time to trek or ride in the western highlands; clear skies, beautiful sunrises and sunsets in a rainless environment are perfect for multiple days of activities.
SEPTEMBER – FEBRUARY: SEA TURTLE LIBERATION AT THE GUATEMALAN PACIFIC SLOPE
This is the perfect season to walk on volcanic sand beaches and participate in sea turtle conservation efforts. Thousands of baby sea turtles are released, so they can begin their mysterious journey into the immense ocean.
MAY – OCTOBER: REPTILES, AMPHIBIANS AND INSECTS EXTRAVAGANZA
During the rainy season, there is an abundance of insects of all different kinds (butterflies, moths, fireflies, beetles, etc.) that are a delight for these micro beast lovers; It also coincides with the mating season of most of the region's amphibians and reptiles increasing the opportunity to listen and see very interesting species.