Is Crime a Problem in Guatemala?

In some parts of Guatemala, crime is a problem. This is usually the case in border areas near Mexico where drug cartels and transnational gangs have established a presence. Due to this, however, we do not send our clients to such areas.

Petty crime and thefts do occur in larger cities and in some tourist destinations. These crimes are not usually violent in nature, but rather involve stealing purses, wallets, or other belongings. Poverty is endemic in parts of Guatemala, and petty theft is a result of this. By taking a few simple precautions, you can usually ensure that you'll remain safe and secure.

Avoid displaying expensive items while out in public, and store valuables in a safety deposit box at your hotel. Don't hike alone; women are not advised to travel alone. Stick to tourist-friendly areas. And if you're robbed, don't resist. Give the theives what they ask for and dont fight back.

If you're interested in learning more about crime and safety in Guatemala, you can do so here.

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