Tips and recommendations for healthy travel to top destinations
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Guatemala boasts some of the most stunning and diverse landscapes in Central America. With opportunities to explore ruins, volcanoes, and sandy beaches, there’s something for everyone!
Both Guatemala City and Antigua offer great base points for travel to the Lake Atitlan, a stunning volcanic crater-formed lake still surrounded by the volcanoes that formed it. Lake Atitlan is regarded as a beautiful and largely spiritual destination.
A must-see destination for all types of travelers is Fuentes Georgina, a hot-spring created by Guatemala’s volcanoes. All Guatemala’s regions come into one at this destination.
If Mayan culture fascinates you, you should visit the Peten Region. Bordering Belize, it is home to many Mayan ruins including Tikal, the largest Mayan archeological site.
Whichever adventure you seek, Guatemala is calling your name.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Guatemala. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Guatemala: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
Some more health risks include:
Medical care in Guatemala City is readily accessible. In rural areas it can be scarce. Check with your insurance company before travel to solidify overseas coverage.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
If your stay is shorter than 90 days, a valid U.S. passport will get you to Guatemala. Be sure you do have a blank page in your passport for a valid entry stamp. Travel longer than 90 days requires a valid visa.
Before leaving the U.S., check your Passport’s expiration date. Passports expiring within six months of your entry date can be subject to decline.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Guatemala’s climate is diverse for a country bordering the ocean. This allows a unique experience for travelers if one chooses to seek out all three zones. Here are the three climate zones that you will find in Guatemala:
Due to the dry season, December to May are the most popular times to visit Guatemala. Expect the weather to be consistent with the above numbers during the daytime.
The United States Government labels Guatemala as an area of “critical” concern for violent crimes. Most crimes are sexual assault, theft, armed robbery, and carjacking. In Guatemala, U.S. citizens are known for having material goods worth high monetary value. There are areas of the country, especially in the larger cities, to avoid to decrease risks.
It is important to remain vigilant immediately upon arriving in Guatemala. Reports of robberies and carjacking while leaving the airport are common at all hours of the day. Additionally, diversions are common in pickpocketing attempts. Be sure to keep your belongings close and leave important items in a safe space at your lodging.
Transportation wise, cars are the best option though public transportation is available. Seek out radio-dispatched taxis and avoid public buses, as the crime rate is high. With the highest rate of motor-vehicle accidents at night, try driving during light hours. Tourists groups can also seek security escorts.
These hot springs are popular with travelers seeking to relax or enjoy history. With views of the volcanoes and hot sulfur springs that created the pools themselves, it is a must see.
There are four separate pool areas, all differing in temperatures. Enjoy a tour of the entire Fuentes Georginas natural spa for a complete experience.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Guatemala:
This is the only U.S. Embassy located in Guatemala. The U.S. State Department recommends signing up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This free program allows the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala to update you if any emergency or risks were to occur within the country.
U.S. Embassy Guatemala
Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Telephone: +(502) 2326-4000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(502) 2331-2354
Fax: +(502) 2331-3804
Be sure to visit the embassy’s website before departure to ensure you have the correct contact details.
If you have any questions about travelling to Guatemala or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health travel medicine clinic. Call us at or book online now and protect yourself today.
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