Final thoughts on Guatemala

Posted: January 17, 2011 in Guatemala

KLR 650 Bike Trip Guatemala 10 (2)

It’s been a while since my last post so I’m going to try to catch up a bit. Here I am writing about Guatemala still while I’m in Honduras….

What is there to say about Guatemala?! A gorgeous place! People have been really nice and always helpful. Food has been amazing and I gained probably 2lbs per week I spent there.

The natural beauties of this small country are with no limits. It’s a country that sits on mountains and is flooded by jungles. Getting around can be a bit tricky as there are no 2 maps alike with the same roads. If you want to get off the beaten path, it’s worth it, but you have to ask locals for directions many many times in a day.

Safety…. an interesting concept of this so called “dangerous” country. I have at no point in time felt unsafe. You just have to be careful. Ride during the day, stay in during the night. Ask locals about the towns around and they will tell you which ones are ok and which ones will get you killed. Yes, killed is the right term. As nice as people are in Guatemala, you have to remember that life there has no real value. If you have money and the locals know it, you have to travel with a guard or a gun. If you don’t like someone, you can put a hit on that person for less than 100$. Although this sounds rough, don’t worry, none of the locals are dumb enough to kill a tourist as they know that the police will actually “care” about that case and things can get really complicated.

Anyway, if you do go to Central America, Guatemala is a MUST SEE! It’s a country like no other.

  1. katia says:

    Guata is amazing definitely worth visiting. One day I’d like to come back and see it from another point of view.

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