Areas to Avoid:
Guatemala City’s Zone 1, where most bus terminals and discount hotels are located, is a particularly dangerous area of the capital. The Central Market is also target to more than its share of theft.
There have been reports of attacks on tourists on the Pacaya volcano in Antigua. If possible, accompany tour group or a tourist police escort. Attacks have also been reported on the trails between Lake Atitlan’s villages—once again, find a guided tour, or take a boat.
Safety and the Police:
Tips on Staying Safe:
Security escorts and emergency services are available through the Tourist Assistance Office of INGUAT; dial 1500.
Hear current updates on Guatemala safety and security by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 elsewhere.
To contact the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, dial (502) 2-326-4000 or (502) 2-331-2354 after hours.