Guatemala is called the land of Eternal Spring. While Guatemala is in Central America and relatively close to the equator, Chichicastenango sits at an altitude of approximately 7000 ft making the weather year around seem like Summers in Colorado. The mornings and evenings can be cool (45F) and the afternoons - warm - generally around 75F. We have two seasons- wet and dry. November - April are dry and sunny. May - October are considered the rainy season - which means it is sunny and beautiful until around 4 pm everyday at which point we receive a torrential thunderstorm.
We are often asked if Guatemala is safe. Since moving to Guatemala in 2003, we, nor any group we have hosted, has ever experienced any problems regarding safety. We take every precaution to ensure your safety, exercise basic common sense, avoid areas that have a reputation for being potentially dangerous, and remember God is in control. Guatemala is a country with an unstable government which means - well - safety is not that of the USA.
Our rule of thumb - Don't bring anything that you wouldn't be willing to readily give away should you be robbed. Its not worth tempting someone or putting yourself in danger. Use common sense.
Note: We've never had any member of a group be robbed.
The official language of Guatemala is Spanish as well as indigenous Maya languages.
RELIGION - A combination of Catholic and Mayan religions, Roman Catholic and protestant.
MUST SEE PLACES WHILE IN GUATEMALA
The Chichi Market is the largest Indigenous artist market in all of Central America. It is held every week on Thursday's and Sundays.
A 45 minute drive from Chichicastenango, it has been called the most beautiful lake in the world. It is surrounded by volcanoes. Take a boat across the lake and travel to villages known for their pottery and artistry. Swim in the lake, enjoy the natural hot springs, visit a nature preserve...
Located approximately 45 minutes from Guatemala City. Once the original capital of Guatemala, it a town with a much more European feel. It is known for its Ancient Spanish ruins, Spanish colonial architecture, coffee plantations, fabulous shopping, dining, and hotels.
QUESTIONS OR TRAVEL CONCERNS
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