Guatemala City

Guatemala is a small country located in Central America bordering Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. The country may be small, but travelers will find an endless list of activities, from volcanic peaks to ancient Mayan ruins to enchanting colonial cities and traditional indigenous towns. Guatemala, like other destinations with adventure activities, has some safety hazards that you can avoid by taking precautions and using common sense while traveling. Below, you’ll find more information on safety and can enjoy your trip.


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Is Guatemala City a Safe or Dangerous City?

Like any other big city, crime is a big concern. The city is divided into zones, and you must be alert in all of them. Zone 10, Zona Viva, is popular among tourists, but petty crime is common here. Other area where you must be extremely careful is Zone 1, which is the historical center where most of the cheap hotels are located; we recommend that you stay in hotels slightly more expensive in zone 10 or zone 13. Avoid areas known for their drug activity like some parts of the Peten. The most dangerous zones in Guatemala City are zones 3, 6, 18, and 21.

However, you can still enjoy this beautiful city and what it has to offer as long as you take care of your personal belongings at all times and be aware of your surroundings.

Useful Information

Most visitors do not need a Visa to enter Costa Rica and can stay in the country for 90 days. Make sure your passport is valid for more than 30 days after your arrival. is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The local currency is the Quetzal (GTQ). $1 USD is equivalent to about $7 GTQ. ATMs can be found only in major cities. If you are in need of cash, you can go to a bank such as Banrural, which is commonly found throughout the country. The exchange limit is 125 USD / day, and a passport is required.
The weather in the Central and Western Highlands is generally warm, but it can get cool at night. El Petén and the Pacific Coast have a tropical weather. The rainy season extends from May to October. The hottest months are March and April.
Guatemala’s main airport is La Aurora International Airport (GUA), which is located in Guatemala City. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page