How it works:
- Violent crime (UNODC’s stats):
- Victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 inhabitants per year: 27.3 (2016) vs global average: 8.2 (2016), Americas average: 20.9 (2016).
- Violent crime is mostly drug and gang related and not targeted at tourists.
- Borders with Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras; volcanoes and tourist sites
- Guatemala City
- On the road: Highways CA-1 and CA-2; between Cocales (Suchitepequez) and San Lucas Toliman (Atitlan), isolated dirt roads near Lake Atitlán, the road from Godinez to Panajachel
- Parks (e.g. Mayan ruins in Peten, Tikal Park and Ruins), volcano/mountain hikes (e.g. Volcan San Pedro, Indian nose)
- No recent history, but should not be taken for granted.
- Civil unrest:
- Large demonstrations can occur.
What to do:
- In general:
- Stay alert, avoid secluded areas, travelling alone at night (muggings generally happen between 10pm – 3am) and flaunting valuables.
- Monitor local media in case of terrorist threats and civil unrest.
- If hiking:
- Get a guide or request for security escort from the Tourist Assistance Office (PROATUR) of INGUAT (the Guatemalan Tourism Institute).
- Email, call (502) 2421-2810, call 1500 to reach INGUAT Tourist Assistance or email your request to [email protected] at least 3 business days in advance.