Traveling to Central America with Explore at any time of year is a fascinating experience, and in reality there is no 'best time' to visit the region, as each country differs so massively from top to bottom.
In some countries, like Costa Rica, the different coasts and rainforest areas have different climates even within the same month. On an Explore vacation to Costa Rica we tend to see the majority of travelers during December to March, which is commonly seen as the 'Dry Season' in Central America. However, the 'Rainy Season' months of April to July can still be a great time to visit Costa Rica with only showers punctuating the day, and the rest of the time the jungles are beautifully green.
September to early November is often the hurricane season for the Caribbean coast areas of Belize down to Costa Rica, and the weather at this time is often hot and humid. However, that's not to say that it isn't a good time to visit the interiors of these countries.
The Easter period can often be a busy time to visit Central American cities, but very worthwhile to see the colorful festivities particularly in Guatemala.
In sum, a vacation to Central America will fit your requirements at any time of year, with a country for every season!
Latin America's colonial roots has brought about a blend of Spanish Catholicism and indigenous beliefs, resulting in many vibrant, colorful festivals throughout the continent. Visiting South America at certain times of year can guarantee that you get to join in and experience some of the action.
Festivals in Guatemala
Guatemala is a hidden gem of a country, with some of the largest contemporary Mayan communities in the world. At the famous market of Chichicastenango, the colors, languages and weavings of the Mayan people circulate around you as you weave through the crowds. In December we visit the town during the Santo Tomas
Festival, which is a fusion of Mayan and Christian traditions. The festival includes colorful processions and dancing, with one highlight being the 'Palo Volador', where locals throw themselves from a huge pole, attached only by a rope that unravels and spins them around the pole at high speed. Not for the fainthearted!
Guatemalenos also have lots of processions and fiestas going on around the Semana Santa (Easter Week), and with Explore we get caught up in the excitement in the colonial cobbled streets of Antigua Guatemala. Thousands of beautiful flowers can be seen lining the streets in intricate carpets, created by local communities, school groups and churches.
Mexico's Day of the Dead
Visiting Mexico with Explore during the 31st October gives you a chance to discover the unmissable and iconic festival of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead
. Focusing on the remembrance of loved ones who have died, one of the best places to celebrate is the city of Oaxaca, where families and friends prepare altars, and many of the cemetery festivities continue until late into the night. The city comes alive with face-painted people dancing and parading, and flowers and local delicacies fill the air with color and perfume from the local market stalls.