Jul 13, 1988
Jul 03, 2010
My friend Sarah and I just spent one night in Guatemala City on arrival only to travel off to Antigua and Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, and I would advise anyone going to Guatemala to do the same. One night is about all you need here. Guatemala City is run down and quite dangerous. When we arrived at night and were hungry we were told all restaurants were closed (it was 9 PM) because there are too many dangers at night. The city was quiet and deserted. So we went to bed hungry and in the morning while Sarah still was sleeping I asked the hotel if it was ok to go out for a walk and they said it was ok in daylight. I walked out and turned the corner from our hotel and saw a dead person laying in the middle of the street. I changed my mind pretty quickly about that walk and went back to the hotel and told Sarah that we needed the first bus out of here. I was told later that the dead person had been hit by a bus, but yes still gave a bad taste in my mouth. We LOVED Guateamala and would recommend it to anyone, but skip Guatemala city! Instead opt for beautiful Antigua or lake Atitlan. We never felt unsafe there.