Cold Much?

Cold Much? by Jose Moreno

One thing that constantly surprises me is that tourists come to Xela, expecting for it to be warm and tropical. It’s not. We are in the highlands of Guatemala and in the “winter” (right about now), it gets very cold. Average night time temps can be as low as -10, although right around 0 is the average overnight temperature in late December. Good thing it’s dry season, or we might be seeing more snow in the air than just in this photograph!!

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno. Text by Luna McCarthy.

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  • Kwallelno

    I crossed a cordillera north of Huehuetenango where they have built stone walls across the countryside. They pile topsoil on top of the walls and plant crops on top of the walls in order to take advantage of the wall’s ability to store heat during the cold, plant killing nights. 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, sounds about right…I didn’t know they did that, but it makes total sense. I find it funny that so many people think it’s hot and tropical here, when it really isn’t.  But for me, the weather is perfect! Sunny through the day, cool at night, not too humid…perfect!! 🙂

      • Cristina

        It´s especially funny to see foreigners walk around in flipflops and shorts in Xela, while the locals are wearing ski jackets!

        • Anonymous

           Don’t even get me started Cristina…hahahaha, you’re SO right 🙂 Ah well, this IS the Bahamas 😉