Guatemala weather in June
|Avg. temperature: 25.8°C / 77.7°F
|Sun: 155.3 hours a month
|Rain: 271.8 mm per month
|Avg. Humidity: 82.4%
While June may make Guatemala seem like it is at the mercy of Mother Nature, do not let that steer you away from the sheer beauty Guatemala has to offer you! This is when Guatemala’s natural wonders flourish. During the wet season, you will be able to see Guatemala’s dramatic environment blossom in full force.
This being said, it is without any question that Guatemala can be rainy. Fortunately, Guatemala does not experience the rain season commonly featured in Central America. In Guatemala’s case, these days are usually sunny and hot, but towards the evening, it starts to rain. It can be anything from light drizzles that last the rest of the day, or a torrential rain that lasts for ten to twenty minutes. The country tends to be quite warm all around in June, with temperatures on the tropical coast not being so far off from the Guatemalan highlands. This is a common occurrence in many of the pre-equatorial countries that dot Central America.
Experience the magic of Guatemala from the isolated lagoons of the central country, to the cave exploration around the highlands and coasts, to spending a beautiful morning relaxing with the sound of rushing waterfalls! Guatemala is where you can become one with nature.
Where to go in Guatemala in June
Bring out your inner history buff by exploring the lost city
Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites as well as one of the largest former population centres in the Mayan civilization. Located deep within the forests of the Peten Basin, Tikal is part of a massive expanse of a national park and is meticulously supervised by UNESCO being one of the most special sights designated by the UNESCO World Heritage Association.
Tikal was the capital of the state during the Mayan Period, and one of the most powerful cities in the world at the time. Evidence showing that the city existed since the 4th Century BC, the city dominated much of the Mayan civilization between the 200 to 900 CE. It was a major trading hub between the Mayans and the Mesoamericans, with archaeological evidence supporting regular trade between the city of Teotihuacan, with even a period of conquest by the Mesoamerican capital during the Classical Period. This contributed to its eventual decline.
Today, Tikal has been partially restored by the efforts of the Guatemalan government as well as foundations run by universities around the world. You are able to view the beautiful limestone structures managed beautifully to give a sense of how massive and significant this city was at its peak. View the large royal palaces, the temples span 70 metres high, you can marvel at the planning of residential structures, the majesty of the administrative buildings and even a building that is believed to have been a jail. This is especially interesting as most Mayan ruins do not feature this branch of enforcement. Visit the Plaza of the Seven Temples where you can astonish yourself with the South Acropolis, which climbs up to 300 metres high!
You are able to take a trip for the day easily to Tikal, or if you want to explore the rest of the national park, you are definitely able to stay at the unique lodgings hidden away in the jungle to either kick back for the evening, or to wait out the evening drizzle.
Rush Past the Rushing Falls
The rainy season means that you are able to see the full marvels of waterfalls in Guatemala as they swell up to its strongest forces and largest volumes of water. Visit the Semuc Champey, one of the most famous waterfalls, to escape the heat, relax and have a picnic, as well as taking a dip in the nice cool waters. Alta Verapaz is one of the other worthy waterfalls to visit, with a nice hike and very rewarding waterfall to make the pinnacle of your adventure. The jungles are at its height of activity, so you can view the extremely diverse wildlife, and listen to the sounds of the many different species like the famous howler monkeys and the quick ocelots.
Spend your Days with Turtles
The Pacific Coast’s many beaches take advantage of the lack of tourists and Sea Turtles emerge from the deep blue to reclaim the sands. June is the best time to see these critters lay their eggs. The sheer numbers and the synchronized dance of their egg layings are a sight to see on its own, and you can take part in protecting these animals as they fulfill their natural responsibilities. You can volunteer with a turtle conservation program for a few days to observe these wonderful creatures, collect the eggs and steer away any animal or human poachers who take advantage of these vulnerable organisms. This is definitely a rewarding experience and a unique opportunity as this does not happen for the vast majority of the year!
What to pack for a Guatemala trip in June
Without much of a question, it is pretty important to bring rain gear, and maybe even rain boots on your trip as you will definitely be contending with Mother Nature during your travel experience. Moreover, it is definitely a good idea to bring sunglasses and some clothing that will insulate you under the rainwear as the weather is still hot regardless of the rainy weather. Bring sunscreen as the sun tends to be relentlessly sharp during the rainy season to make up for the clouds and showers. Bring waterproof gear for your camera, especially if you want to take a dip during your adventures, since you will be spending a lot of time with the water in June.
Booking your Guatemala trip in June
June is definitely the quietest month in Guatemala because of Central America’s reputation for its monsoon season. But what people do not know is that Guatemala just does not experience the same force of monsoon weather that its counterparts experience. Don’t tell anyone this though, because you can snag up this advantageous opportunity. You will be able to cavort around the country without worrying about tourist costs and elbowing through crowds of like-minded travellers. This is the perfect time to take in the sights and sounds of the local country without having to contend with both international tourists and the domestic crowd. If you are one to just want to sit back and relax and take their time, and do not mind watching the rain clouds rush past in the evenings, you will not need to book so far in advance, you do not need to even plan it at all! Book whenever you’d like, because Guatemala won’t run away from you in June.