Is Guatemala Worth Visiting?

Nestled in the heart of Central America, Guatemala stands as a captivating fusion of natural beauty, ancient traditions, and spectacular Mayan heritage. Known for its diverse landscapes, the country is home to stunning volcanoes, lush jungles, and beautiful beaches - a paradise for adventurers and nature lovers alike. Guatemala is particularly famous for its well-preserved Mayan ruins, with the ancient city of Tikal being a must-visit destination. Its colorful local markets, rich coffee culture, vibrant textiles, and holidays such as Day of the Dead, create an intoxicating cultural tapestry that lures in visitors from all over the world.

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Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 35 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

4.4/5

Food

4.7/5

Budget-friendly

4.7/5
Haley

Haley

United States

Solo travel experience

Guatemala was great! I visited Lake Atitlan, Antigua and Acatenango. I felt very safe as a solo female traveler even though I was there during local protests. Lake Atitlan has many towns to visit, Antigua is rich in culture and a beautiful city, and Acatenango is an unforgettable experience seeing a live volcano erupt. Lots of fun adventure to be had.

Posted: November 5, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I had a short trip to Guatemala. I spent 2 nights at Lake Atitlan (staying in San Pedro and visited San Juan, Santiago and Panajachel) and 1 night in Antigua. I felt very safe and I had a great time.

Posted: October 11, 2023
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I stopped in El Remate, Antigua, Xela and San Pedro la Laguna. I didn't have any problems all the time and everywhere I stopped, I really liked it. I heard from a few people that it's not a good idea to travel between towns around the lake late at night - many roads are not safe.

Posted: October 5, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I stayed in Guatemala for 4 weeks in Flores, Semuc Champey/Lanquin, Xela, Antigua, Lake Atitlan and El Paredon. I felt very safe. For extra peace of mind, I avoided chicken buses, especially at night.

Posted: October 4, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I have traveled alone as a woman to Guatemala many times and I have never had any problems. I used common sense and guides, stuck to tourist areas, safe modes of transportation etc. I loved being there.

Posted: October 2, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I went to Lake Atitlán, to Antigua and Guatemala. I felt safe there and didn't experience any strange vibes. From my experience, people there were incredibly friendly and helpful.

Posted: October 1, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I traveled alone to Guatemala. I mostly felt safe there, the tourist areas were fine, such as Flores, Semuc Champey, and Antigua. I avoided Guatemala City, I heard very often that it's not safe there, and by Lake Atitlan there are also trails that are not safe.

Posted: September 29, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I have traveled alone through Guatemala twice. It's an incredible country. Very unique and so beautiful. I did not feel dangerous there at all, except for Guatemala City.

Posted: September 27, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I spent 5 weeks there as a solo female traveler. I never felt unsafe, except in some areas in Guatemala. I was in Antigua, El Paredon, by the lake, in Flores, and even in Guatemala itself, which was amazing. I would go back there at any point. Follow basic safety rules, don't wear clothes that scream that you're rich, try not to walk alone at night, and enjoy it.

Posted: September 24, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I spent there 3.5 months and not even once did I feel unsafe as a solo female traveler. I didn't drink alcohol, didn't party, didn't walk around after dark and in general, I was always highly aware of my surroundings. I used chicken buses, but only during the day, otherwise, I used shuttles. Guatemala is one of the most beautiful countries in which I've spent time, and I have many friends who also traveled there alone.

Posted: September 18, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

As a local Guatemalan and someone who travels extensively around the country, I can say that tourist areas are very safe, as long as you don't do generally dangerous things, such as walking alone at night where there are few people, or entering dangerous zones in Guatemala City. You can travel by chicken buses during the day without any problems, I've done it all my life, just watch out for your belongings. You can use transfers or private buses at night. Of course, there is violence and many other bad things, just like in any other country, just try to be careful and everything will be fine.

Posted: September 25, 2023
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Avoid public transport, avoid local taxis (you are more vulnerable to assault being a woman and a foreigner), use only Uber. Do not talk to strangers on the street, if they approach you, say "hello" and move on. Dress modestly, Guatemala has a very high rate of femicides. If you plan to walk around, try to stay in places with lots of people (avoid isolated areas). I am now in Guatemala and I walk a lot, but I only move in certain zones. Safety is an illusion. If something feels off to you, trust your instincts.

Posted: September 21, 2023
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anna

anna

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heyy, i’m Anna from Germany, 20 years old an planning on being in and around Antigua in February!! i’m solo travelling but don’t want to make all these great experiences alone, so if anyone would be open to making them together, let me know!!:))

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Laura

Laura

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Soy introvertida, me gusta la buena conversación y visitar museos y restaurantes.

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Mirna

Mirna

Guatemala

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2 days

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Passionated about traveling and animals. Enjoying simple things in life and looking to meet some New friends in this path called life.

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Kristina

Kristina

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Hi :) would like to explore the area, grab something to eat or join for a yoga class?

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anna

anna

About Me

heyy, i’m Anna from Germany, 20 years old an planning on being in and around Antigua in February!! i’m solo travelling but don’t want to make all these great experiences alone, so if anyone would be open to making them together, let me know!!:))

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