There are two main seasons in Guatemala: the rainy season, which generally runs from late May through late October, and the dry season, which runs from early November until April. In either season it's wise to be prepared for warm weather during the day and cold, damp weather during the nights. It's important to remember that it rains every day during the rainy season. The rain is usually intense and lasts an hour or so.
In Quetzaltenango, the coolest months are November through February with average highs around 72° and lows around 40°. The warmest months are March through July with highs around 78° and lows around 47°.
Suggested Packing List:
• Warm sweatshirts / fleece
• Rain Gear - Waterproof Windbreaker or Rain Coat
• Short-sleeved shirts
• Gym / sportswear (for hiking / working)
• Under garments, socks
• Bathing suit (for visit to Hot Springs)
• Jeans / long pants (jeans are not recommended to work in)
• One pair of flip flops / sandals / water shoes (for visit to Hot Springs)
• One pair of tennis shoes / closed toe sandals (these are for hiking and WILL get dirty)
Bath / Personal:
• Personal medication
• Glasses / contacts / contact solution
• Personal toiletries
Must - Haves:
• One refillable water bottle
• Passport. Must be valid for up to 6 months after your scheduled departure date from Guatemala
• Warm clothing and pajamas for cold nights!
• Books and/or magazines
• Spanish/English dictionary
• Watch or small alarm clock
• Mini-flashlight / headlamp
• Extra batteries (for your flashlight)
• Light day bag or pack (small backpack would be ideal)
• Personal snacks that you may need or crave (such as granola bars or Power Bars).
• Disposable camera, film camera or digital camera - and film or memory card(s) for digital camera
• Linens / blankets
• Hand soap
• Bath towel (please feel free to bring an additional towel for bathing if you prefer)
*Laundry service is available on the Home Base for a nominal charge. We advise that you should bring enough lightweight clothes to avoid having to do laundry during the trip.
*Electrical outlets in Guatemala are the same as in the United States. Voltage is 220 volts. There is no adapter needed if coming from the U.S.