Why Guatemala: The Mayan heart of Central America, Guatemala features dozens of incredible ancient Mayan archeological sites, as well as dense jungle, volcanos, beautiful lakes and colonial towns.
When to Go: You can visit Guatemala any time of year; however the rainy season makes travel on unpaved roads more difficult from mid-May to mid-Oct, and into Nov and Dec in the north and east. The height of the foreign tourist season is from Dec to Feb when you can expect some cool nights and mornings. Weather-wise, March and April are the hottest and driest months.
Combine With: Costa Rica, Belize, Nicaragua, Mexico or go further afield to Ecuador, for Incan history, culture and Amazon rainforest wildlife.
Getting There: Guatemala City’s Aeropuerto La Aurora (GUA) is the country’s main international airport. The only other airport that receives international flights is Flores (FRS).