Is Guatemala Safe?


Although there are parts of Guatemala that are dangerous, most tourist destinations are very safe.

There are parts of the country that are violent and unsafe, but we do not send our clients there. The most dangerous places are in remote areas near the border with Mexico. Drug cartels and transnational gangs have a presence here and it is unwise for travelers to visit these areas.

Guatemala has had chaotic history filled with civil wars, military governments, and revolutions. The last few decades have been increasingly peaceful and have seen much more stability in government and society. One hopes that this trend will continue.

Guatemala's tourist destinations are typically very safe. There is an increased police presence in such places and minimal activity by criminal organizations. Violent crime against tourists is uncommon in these destinations. Petty theft, however, does occur. To protect yourself, don't flaunt expensive items in public and leave your valuables in a safety deposit box at your hotel. If you are robbed, don't resist. Give the thieves what they want and don't fight back.

Stick to reputable tourist destinations. Our Top Destinations are great examples of this, as are most everywhere else we send travelers. By sticking to tourism-friendly areas and activities, you'll ensure a safe trip.

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