I confess that before our trip to Guatemala, I made myself nervous. Guatemala City is well known for its gang violence. Furthermore, www.insightcrime.org located our hotel in a zone where La Marasalvatrucha operate. Well, We were only going to be in Guatemala City for a few days. Aixa, not only braver than I am, has the third-world instincts that have gotten us through other trips safely.
Also, we were planning a trip to Tikal to see the Mayan pyramids. But Tikal is in a tropical zone, and the Zika virus scare had just begun. Some airlines had announced that they were willing to cancel bookings to the most dangerous destinations.
The trip was this past February and nothing bad happened to us, thanks in part to Aixa’s third-world instincts, as well as the stories that turned out to be greatly exaggerated. Yes, there are dangers, but you know what? In New York gang members were cutting some pedestrians’ faces and in March, New York City announced that they had registered 18 cases of Zika virus.
We had such a good time in this interesting country that we promised ourselves that we would return. So, before planning your trip, perhaps you’d like to update yourself of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world or check out where were the 10 most devastating earthquakes in Latin America, but I don’t recommend it. Instead, look at the TripAdviosr forums and communicate with other travelers who have visited your destination. Go with your eyes wide open and your sixth sense on alert, as you should every day of your life.