When to visit

Guatemala in October

Guatemala Weather in October

Avg. temperature: 25°C / 77°FSun: 6 hours of sunlight, 12 hours of daylight per day
Rain: 132 mm per monthAvg. Humidity: 82%

Thinking about visiting Guatemala in October? October is one of the months that experiences a slow season due to some of the storms that can occur on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala. The dry season lasts from November to April, while the wet season lasts from May to October. October falls at the end of the rainy season, you are more likely to experience afternoon showers in October, so always be prepared with a poncho and umbrella! 

Even though the high season in Guatemala is from December to January, October can still be a great month to visit Guatemala. If you’re not afraid of an afternoon storm or two, you are still able to do some sightseeing and exploring in the morning, as you’ll have some clear skies in the morning!

Due to October being one of the wettest months in Guatemala, with occasional storms on the caribbean coast, October is a pretty slow month in Guatemala. You’ll be able to avoid the crowds, just make sure to monitor the weather during your stay!

Things to do in Guatemala in October


A colorful, picturesque town, with cobbled streets and amazing volcanic landscapes surrounding every part of the town. October is the perfect time to visit Antigua as you can discover the bright colonial architecture but then wander to the ancient ruins with the town, and just outside the town itself! Then head to Mercado de Artesanías where you can see one of Antigua’s biggest markets- from textiles to food, it’s a colorful market, reflective of the local spirit! With so much to do and see, Antigua is a great place to go in Guatemala in October!

Lake Atitlan

In Guatemala’s southwestern highlands lies the Atitlan Volcano. Lake Atitlan is created from one of Atitlan Volcano’s craters and sits just below the volcano. Surrounded by hills and volcanoes, Lake Atitlan’s views are unmatched. Known as a popular site to visit, due to its beauty and Mayan history, it should not be missed when visiting Guatemala in October. Lake Atitlan is perfect for visitors going to Guatemala in October, because the views are absolutely stunning and you’ll have the most stunning views on clear, bright, sunny days!

Highland Towns

During the mild days of October in Guatemala, you may want to see some of the more cultural aspects of Guatemala. If you head up the mountains into the highlands, you’ll surely find that a treasure trove of heritage! There will be less crowds, and you’ll be able to see more of the Mayan culture in these highland villages. Visiting Quetzaltenango and Huehuetenango are both great villages and worth visiting whether you are trying to escape the heat or not, when visiting Guatemala in October!

Monterrico Beach

Monterrico Beach is located on the Pacific Coast, and it is the closest beach to Antigua. Known for its black beaches, this will be your most unique day at the beach. If you’re willing to potentially be out in the rain, October is the perfect time to see the sea turtles be released back into the ocean. This magical moment usually happens at sunset, and is an unforgettable experience. 

Booking your Guatemala trip in October

Traveling to Guatemala in October can be a great time to travel to Guatemala! While October is one of the wettest months of the year, it’s great for deals on traveling in Guatemala. There is no rush to book accommodation or flights, and you can usually find some discounts! We just recommend being prepared by packing your rain jackets and umbrellas, in case of showers!

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