12 Things NOT to Do in Guatemala

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With its lush landscapes, Mayan ruins, rich history, and towering volcanoes, there aren’t too many things not to love about Guatemala. But like most countries, there are things you should avoid doing during your stay. We’re here to save you a headache, save you some time, and potentially save you from danger with this list of 12 things you shouldn’t do in “The Land of Eternal Spring.”

1. Don’t Visit Guatemala City

How can you visit Guatemala without venturing off to Guatemala City you ask? Well, the country’s capital is far from a prime destination, especially for tourist. According to the U.S. Department of State’s travel notice, the city is rife with violent crimes against U.S. citizens and foreign travelers. The capital was once considered safe, but those days are long gone. That doesn’t mean Guatemala City won’t become a welcoming and secure place for tourists in the near future. It just means that for now, you should stay clear of the areas near the Guatemalan border with Mexico. This area has had an increase in robbery and assaults.

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