• Earthquakes in Guatemala

    QuakeYou have to be aware that Guatemala is located in a tectonically very active part of the world. Strong earthquakes did and will happen here. Explanations and details about causes of this I leave to scientists. Here I will try to give you best “what to do” advice I can.

  • Natural dangers in Guate: spiders & insects

    Violin spiderHow dangerous is to spend some time in Guatemalan nature; forests, hills, lakes? Are there any dangers in houses? Here is just a part of advices and facts, most deadly animal of Guatemala (and I think most deadly world animal) is not mentioned – mosquito. That is for another article on natural dangers…

  • Safety in Guatemala (I)

    safetyHere I will try to give you most important features concerning your personal security when in Guatemala; however, this article will have to be upgraded as my knowledge of certain problems may arise.

    First of all, every reader of this article must understand the difference between general security in the country, and security of tourists. Most of the dark numbers that are spread over the internet have nothing to do with traveling and tourism; if somebody beheaded 27 people in the north of Guatemala, it does not mean that tourists have to fear for their lives.

  • Safety in Guatemala (II)

    Michele PetersonWritten by Michele Peterson

    “Is it safe to travel in Guatemala?” is a question I get asked a lot. Although my Guatemalan mother-in-law gives me lots of advice –such as keep your money in your shoe–I thought it would be worthwhile to ask a pro for some travel tips.

    So during the recent Central America Travel Market , held in Antigua, Guatemala in 2010 I met with a security expert from the Guatemala Tourism Board (INGUAT). His tips are handy for travel in any country. Here’s what I learned:


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