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I am planning to visit Guatemala by myself but a hear is kind of unsafety

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    Hey Rodrigo,

    I went last September and loved it. As long as you are careful and keep your wits about you there's nothing to worry about! I travelled all over Guatemala and had no problems. The common advice is to avoid overland travel at night as there are sometimes robberies of tourist buses.

    Hope that helps,

    Pearse 7 months ago

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    Trank you for your answer. 7 months ago

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    I second Pearse's advice. I would use tourist shuttles such as ATITRANS most of the time, plan Antigua as my base and on Lake Atitlan, I recommend San Lucas Toliman and other less touristy towns that are calm and you'll avoid the harassment. If you're planning on climbing volcanoes, always go with a guide. I recommend the San Pedro for a challenging but not terribly hard climb (make sure to leave very early or spend the night to reach the summit before noon. Otherwise it can be cloudy. I highly recommend Toliman or Atitlan for the view, even though the climb is harder. Also better to spend te night to make sure you can see the view without being in the middle of a cloud. Have fun! Guatemala is amazing in so many ways! 7 months ago

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    Guatemala was surprisingly one of the best places I've visited. Visit the ruins at Tikal, the lovely colonial city of Antigua, climb some volcanos and best of all Lake Atitlan where there are some great airbnb places to stay. 7 months ago

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    Avoid Guatemala City and be sensible and you will have a great time! 7 months ago

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    I have travelled twice to GT and agree that- as long as you get out of Guatemala city, maybe head out to Antigua or Chichicastenango it is definitely worth the trip; places like Tikal, Flores and the Lago Peten with its quaint museum and radio station, the Hostal Tortugal in Rio Dulce and, further, Livingston by the beautiful ocean, swim in the hot springs nearby, etc... In Atitlan, I recommend tht "Posada Los Encuentros". The host there, Richard Morgan, is very knowledgeable of people and places there, knows the place and the legends like the back of his hand (even wrote a book about it). The posada even has a volcano-heated hot tub right in the courtyard which in itself is a marvel of herb and flower growing!
    GT may not be as safe as it once was but I have seen a billboard that said in Spanish: "Remember that the tourist is your friend" - in other words, it is not a good idea to pee in your food.
    I would go back, maybe as early as next winter. . 7 months ago

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    Never alone, never at night, never drunk, especially females. I have been traveling to and from Guate for 10 years now. I have dodged 2 kidnapping attempts- one out in a rural village, the other was a gunpoint hold up of a passenger van where they took everyone's jewelry, wallets, phones, and left. Antigua is the most visited city outside the capital and is beautiful and more safe and patrolled than any other city. At Lake Atitlan, Panajachel is popular, just don't get back too late. At Tikal, there were rumors of passenger vans being held at gunpoint too, so I would be sure to travel with a well known transport company. When traveling cross country or own to Honduras, my organization always hires an armed guard, this is normal so do not be alarmed if you get in a shuttle and the other man in the front is sitting with a gun, this is for your protection. Just be smart as you would anywhere. Ladies, don't get in a taxi alone. Everyone, don't have nice phones out in broad daylight or in pockets. Pick pockets are bad, so keep money in zipped pockets close to your body. I have survived 10 years traveling all over by being smart, aware of my surroundings, and not flashing my gear/money around. 7 months ago

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    Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal and more quite safe as are most of the tourist areas 7 months ago

    Answered by Carol Jean DeWolf via Site_iconWorldNomads.com

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