Is Guatemala safe for you to visit? No matter where you go, it always pays to do a little research and consider local advice about the city you are visiting. Here are a few general tips to keep in mind for a safer, more comfortable trip.
Location Matters: One thing to keep in mind is that; Guatemala City has become safer over the last years. Zones 9 and 10 are considered the safest for tourists, and, fortunately for you, where most hotels are located. These zones are also very conveniently located close to the airport and museums and offer a good variety of restaurant and shopping options. Conversely, avoid zone 1 as it is a less developed area And is not entirely safe for tourists.
Extra Precautions: Antigua is relatively safe but just like any touristy city, you have to aware and careful with your belongings. Robbery is not common, but it is possible that someone may try to snatch your bag or your camera. Avoid unnecessary late night strolls through badly lit areas. It is generally safe in Atiltán and Flores in the Petén area. Just take reasonable precautions. As a side note, while staying on the topic of walking, it is not safe to go hiking amid volcanoes on your own without a guide.
Alternative Transport: Use radio taxis if you are feeling adventurous. They are readily available and reasonably safe as well. They are also a quick and easy way to get home rather than traversing unknown zones of the city. Your hotel or your guide will be happy to help arrange one for you. Additionally, your private car will be at your disposal should you wish to travel in the city – please contact your Trip Coordinator to have this arranged.
And remember; enjoy yourself. Chances are, you will have a fantastic time.
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