Travel in the Departments of San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, El Quiche, Retalhuleu, Solola, Totonicapan and Suchitepequez is still affected by damage caused by an earthquake that struck in November 2012. You should monitor the situation and follow the advice of local authorities. See Earthquakes

The rainy season in Guatemala normally runs from June to November, coinciding with the hurricane season in the Caribbean. See Local travel and Rainy season.

Guatemala has one of the highest violent crime rates in Latin America. Take care in all parts of the country, including Guatemala City. You should carry personal ID when travelling (certified copies are fine). See Crime.

Guatemala has active volcanoes, some prone to heightened activity. Before climbing any of the volcanoes, you should check and follow the advice of local authorities and monitor the situation. See Volcanoes.

Avoid travelling on public buses (repainted US school buses). Private inter-city coach services are safer, but not immune from attack. See Local travel.

Large demonstrations occur throughout Guatemala, often with little or no notice. See Political situation.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

29,234 British nationals visited Guatemala in 2013. Most visits are trouble free.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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