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31 of my Favourite Places to Visit in Guatemala

From interesting Mayan ruins to beautiful lakes and colonial towns, learn all the best places to visit in Guatemala, as well as tips on how to get around and more from an actual expat.

I lived in Guatemala for several years, raised my kids there, and traveled around the country and Central America nonstop and I can certainly tell you that this country is a lot more than just Antigua and Lake Atitlan, there are plenty of world-class places to visit in this stunning country and I can show you all of them.

Whether you are looking for adventure, history, art, or relaxation, here are the top places to visit in this stunning country:

places to visit in guatemala
Guatemala is a country that has a lot to offer to travelers, so much so that I decided to live there and raise my kids there.

Best Places to Visit in Guatemala

One thing I learned while living as an expat in Guatemala is that the country has a variety of places to visit that can suit ALL traveler’s tastes and preferences.

Of course, we are starting with the most iconic places:

Semuc Champey

By far, one of my family’s favorite places to go in the country is Semuc Champey, which means “Sacred Water”. This natural monument is located in the municipality of Lanquin (Yes, where the popular caves are located too).

You can easily get to this natural attraction from Guatemala City, it’s in fact a popular day trip from Antigua.

Semuc Champey is a waterfall, and often described as a limestone bridge that’s on a section of the Cahabon River, thanks to these limestones several turquoise pools are formed,ed and yes, you can swim in them.

This place is stunning, and pure natural beauty where you can swim, relax, and explore the surroundings.

Highlights:

  • Hike to the viewpoint called “El Mirador”, a wooden deck on the top of a hill offering the best views.
  • Explore the nearby caves of K’an Ba or Kanba
  • You can do rafting at the Cahabon River
  • It’s close to the Lanquin Caves
aerial view of semuc champey in guatemala central from viewpoint
This is the view of the waterfalls from “El Mirador”, it doesn’t matter how many times we visited Semuc Champey, my family and I always end up walking to the top and you should do the same.

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Lake Atitlan

Many, many people know about Guatemala due to the stunning lake surrounded by volcanoes and many tourists get to the country to visit this natural attraction, Lake Atitlan. Not even a thousand words will justify how beautiful this natural wonder is.

I remember visiting Lake Atitlan several times in a single year, my family and I even stayed in a glass house near the banks of the lake.

If you visit the lake it’s most likely you’ll be getting to Panajachel, which is the main getaway. It’s one of the 12 villages that surround the lake and is home to several hotels, restaurants, bars, and holistic centers.

You can visit the other villages by taking a local boat or a private boat from Panajachel, and learn about their history, art, and spirituality. Some of the most popular villages are Santiago Atitlán, San Pedro La Laguna, and San Marcos La Laguna.

Highlights:

  • Each village is worth checking out, most of them have something different to offer, from museums to workshops and more.
  • The lake is the perfect place to do activities like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and even scuba diving.
  • Three volcanoes surround the lake and you can hike and climb a couple of them.
  • In some villages, you can find retreats, yoga, and wellness centers.
mountains, trees and lake atitlan
One of my favorite views in the whole country is this, Lake Atitlan, the volcanoes, and its lush greenery. I treasured all my visits to this natural wonder.

📖 Recommended Reading: If you’re looking for more useful information, check out Guatemala Facts: A Guide for Travelers and Curious Minds

Tikal National Park

Tikal is by far the most popular place to visit in Guatemala after Antigua and for many good reasons. I have actually visited several times, and one of the main concerns usually is if it’s family-friendly and the truth is: yes, it is. I used to take my kids when they were younger and they had a blast.

Tikal is both an archaeological site and a national park, it’s located in Peten, and its name means “place of many voices”. It welcomes tons and tons of visitors, both tourists and professionals, remember that it is the biggest known and studied Mayan City.

Once you visit the park you will understand why it’s so popular, it’s a stunning place built ages ago and it’s still in place, you can go inside buildings and climb some pyramids.

This park in Guatemala has an area of 576 and it was declared a Human Heritage Patrimony by UNESCO in 1979.

Highlights:

  • Major Plaza: It is surrounded by Temples I and II, the North and Central Acropolis, as well as a big range of altars.
  • Temple I: Known also as Big Jaguar Temple, it was built around the year 700. Its crest reaches 45 meters high above the Major Plaza.
  • Temple IV: With its 70mts. it is the highest structure of Tikal and is called the Two-headed Snake Temple.
  • Lost World: It is one of the oldest monumental complexes of Tikal. It is also a very important astronomical complex and has been featured in movies like Star Wars.
woman in front of tikal temple guatemala
I remember the first time I visited Tikal and remember exactly how amused I was, the structures still standing, and the towers and buildings will leave anyone speechless.

Antigua

I fell in love with Antigua as soon as I arrived there several years ago, it’s a colonial city and is well preserved, even to this date you can walk around the town and feel like you traveled back in time. It’s surrounded by three volcanoes making it the most unique backdrop I would ever see.

The colonial city of Antigua will have you snapping more pictures than a 2-gigabyte memory stick can hold. After a few visits, I decided that Antigua would be my home and the place where I wanted to raise my kids.

There are delicious restaurants at every corner, clean and well-manicured cobblestoned streets that are great for a horse ride, and a lot of different ruins that have become part of the scenery among colorful houses.

Believe it or not, Antigua was the third capital of Guatemala, it used to be called Ciudad de Santiago de Los Caballeros de Guatemala, which translates to “The City of Santiago of the Knights of Guatemala”, cool right? It was founded in 1543, and it was actually hit by several earthquakes and flood

Despite this, it is now one of the major tourist attractions of Guatemala, it is a colonial architectural jewel, that keeps its characteristics as if time had stopped. That is why it was designated by UNESCO  as World Heritage Site in 1979.

Highlights:

  • The Old Cathedral
  • Capitan-General’s Palace
  • Noble City Hall Palace
  • Church and Convent La Merced
  • The church of San Francisco el Grande
  • Acatenango Volcano
arc and clock in antigua guatemala
Antigua is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Guatemala. It was the capital of the Spanish colony of Guatemala, and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Guatemala City

The capital city of the country is Guatemala City and is the first place you’ll arrive to when visit the country, the locals call it Guateand is the largest city in Central America. Most tourists leave the capital as soon as they get there and head to Antigua but if you want to explore it (which I do recommend doing), you can do it in a day or two.

Guatemala City is divided in several zones, and yes there are several zones you should avoid (I talk deeply about it in my Guatemala safety travel guide).

Starting in Zone 1, which is like the historic district of the city and that’s where you will find a huge square or central park as well as iconic buildings and presidential palaces. Then Zone 16 is where Ciudad Cayala is located, which is like a huge outdoor complex with restaurants. Another zone worth checking out is Zone 10, which is a nice place to walk around, you can find a lot of hotels and restaurants here.

Highlights:

  • Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología
  • Palacio Nacional de la Cultura
  • Zoológico La Aurora
  • Visit Cuatro Grados Norte
  • Ciudad Cayala

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Quetzaltenango

This is the second largest city in Guatemala, and it’s usually called Xela by locals and tourists. The first I noticed arriving in the city was how strong was the cultural identity there, it’s amazing. The city is home to true and several indigenous communities like Quiché, the Mam, and the K’iche’.

Quetzaltenango is packed with historical buildings, a stunning Parque Central, and a lot of history as it was the center of the resistance against Spanish colonization, and the birthplace of many national heroes

My family and I mostly visited Xela for rock climbing since my kids and husband are really into it, the city is a popular place for outdoor activities too

Highlights:

  • You can find a vast range of different restaurants in Xela, from vegan to international and local food.
  • Xela is a popular place to do rock climbing
  • Climb Santa Maria and Cerro Quemado.
  • The heart of the city is the Parque Central, or Central Park, a square that is surrounded by some of the most important buildings in the city.
  • Iglesia del Espíritu Santo
  • Chicabal Lake
  • Municipal Theatre
woman in front of a building in xela guatemala
Xela is worth adding to your bucket list and spent a day or so exploring it, I visited this city several times for outdoor activities, so my kids and husband could do rock climbing.

Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango, or Chichi, is a small town in the highlands of Guatemala, that is famous for its colorful and lively market.

It is one of the largest and oldest markets in Central America, and it attracts thousands of visitors and vendors every Thursday and Sunday. You can find a variety of products, from textiles and woodcarving to masks, flowers, and more.

You can also witness the fusion of Maya and Catholic traditions, as the market takes place around the church of Santo Tomás, where people pray and burn incense.

Highlights

  • Shop for souvenirs and handicrafts at the market, you can buy some of the typical items, such as huipiles, and morrales.
  • Visit the church of Santo Tomás
  • Learn about the history and culture of Chichicastenango
  • Explore the surroundings of Chichicastenango

Monterrico

Monterrico is a beach town on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, and a popular destination for sun, sand, and sea lovers. It is also a natural reserve, where you can see and protect the endangered sea turtles, and a mangrove forest, where you can see and explore the diverse flora and fauna.

It’s a popular place to go and enjoy the beach, which has black volcanic sand, strong waves, and a laid-back atmosphere.

You can swim, surf, sunbathe, play on the shore, and watch the sunset over the ocean.

Highlights:

  • Visit the Tortugario Monterrico
  • Take a boat tour through the mangrove forest
  • Try some of the local cuisine and drinks
to kids playing at the shore of monterrico beach guatemala
Me and my family always had a blast in Monterrico, especially while my kids were learning to surf. I highly recommend taking classes there, affordable and you get to enjoy a black-sanded beach.

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Panajachel

Panajachel is a town in the Sololá department, in the southwest of Guatemala. It is located on the shore of Lake Atitlán, is the main tourist hub of the lake, and offers a variety of activities, such as boat tours, kayaking, hiking, biking, and shopping.

Its complete name is San Francisco Panajachel and hosts most of the hotels, restaurants, disco clubs, recreational areas, and commercial stores.

Highlights:

  • Panajachel is great for doing some handicraft shopping.
  • Visit the local market and find fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, and other things there.
  • Visit the Museo Lacustre Atitlan, which has relics and exhibits from the ancient Mayan civilization that once lived there.
  • Casa Cakchiquel is another great place to visit in here, it is a historic building that hosts many different events, exhibitions, and concerts. but I highly recommend you the cultural events.
boats docked on a port in panajachel lake atitlan guatemala
If it’s your first time visiting Lake Atitlan your best choice is staying at Panajachel, that way you get a good grasp of what the area has to offer and stay close to other amenities.

Livingston

What you will find here is a beautiful town with a population of Afro-Caribbean origins called Garifuna. It is located in the Rio Dulce or Dulce River outlet to the Caribbean Sea. It can only be accessed by sea from Puerto Barrios, on private boats.

Holy Week, the feast day in honor of San Isidro Labrador (November 26), and the feast day in honor of Guadalupe Virgin (December 12) are magnificent opportunities to appreciate the folklore of the Gari­funa population of this place. The combination of beautiful beaches and warm people makes this place a great getaway.

woman walking with a kid down the street in livingston guatemala
Livingstone is not typically visited by tourists other than locals, but it’s truly a hidden gem, I visited it several times and had a blast.

Lanquin Caves

Lanquin Caves is a stunning natural wonder that will take your breath away, it’s a complex of limestone caverns that stretch for more than 10 kilometers, with some chambers reaching up to 60 meters high.

The caves are home to thousands of bats, which fly out every evening in a spectacular show. You can explore the caves with a guide, who will show you the different interesting rock formations,

You will also see some ancient Mayan altars, where rituals are still performed today.

The Lanquin Caves are located near the town of Lanquin, in the Alta Verapaz department and near the iconic Semuc Champey. You can easily combine a visit to both attractions in a day trip from Antigua, or stay overnight in one of the nearby lodges or hostels.

a woman and kid inside the lanquin caves guatemala
A must-visit with or without kids, book a tour and take your time to explore the cave systems. Be careful, some areas are a bit slippery!

Rio Dulce

Rio Dulce is a natural wonder that connects Lake Izabal and Amatique Bay and serves as a gateway to the Caribbean Sea. It is also a national park that protects the rich biodiversity and cultural heritage.

The river runs for about 43 kilometers and is surrounded by lush vegetation and towering limestone cliffs. Along the river, you can see different kinds of birds, monkeys, and crocodiles.

You can also admire the Castillo de San Felipe, a colonial fortress that was built to defend the region from pirates.

The river offers a scenic and relaxing boat ride, where you can enjoy the views, the sounds and the smells of nature.

a kid and a man on a kayak in front of some boats in rio dulce guatemal
Rio Dulce is the most overlooked place in the country, but it has a lot to offer when it comes to adventure and wildlife.

El Paredon

El Paredon is a small beach town on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, known for its surfing, fishing, and relaxing vibe. If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination to enjoy the sun, sand, and sea, El Paredon might be the perfect place for you.

It is located about two hours from Antigua and three and a half hours from Guatemala City by car.

The small laidback town has gained a lot of attention in recent years, becoming more and more a hot spot for tourists and locals alike that want to enjoy a beach holiday.

el paredon sign guatemala
Whenever I wanted a weekend getaway, El Paredon was my choice. Nowadays it’s turning into a major tourist spot and I love it!

Fuentes Georginas

If you are looking for a relaxing and natural experience, you should visit Fuentes Georginas or the Georginas Hot Springs.

This Guatemalan hot spring is located about 15 kilometers from Quetzaltenango, on the slopes of the Zunil volcano, and fed by volcanic activity, it has mineral-rich waters that are said to have healing properties.

The hot springs have four pools of different temperatures, surrounded by lush vegetation and misty mountains. It also has a restaurant, a bar, and cabins, where you can enjoy a day or a night of tranquility and wellness.

fuentes gregorianas hot spring guatemala
There are many hot springs in Guatemala for you to enjoy, but Fuentes Gregorianas is the most touristic one, welcoming a ton of visitors!

Flores

Flores is a small island town in the Petén department, in the north of Guatemala. It is located in the middle of Lake Petén Itzá and is connected to the mainland by a causeway.

A charming and colorful town, with colonial houses, cobblestone streets, and a friendly atmosphere. Flores is also the base for exploring the nearby Mayan ruins, such as Tikal, Yaxha, and Uaxactún.

view of the lake, arc and buildings in Flores Island Guatemala
I remember the first time I visited Flores, it felt like walking around an old and small European village. It has a romantic feel to it and amazing lake views.

Yaxha

Another Mayan site that you can visit is Yaxha, it is located about 30 kilometers from Tikal and is the third-largest Mayan site in Guatemala. Yaxha was a major city that flourished from the Preclassic to the Postclassic period and had a close relationship with Tikal.

Yaxha has more than 500 structures, such as pyramids, acropolises, stelae, and altars, that are distributed around two lagoons: the Yaxha lagoon and the Sacnab lagoon.

It is a less crowded and more peaceful site than Tikal and offers a unique experience of exploring the Mayan culture and nature.

Yaxha mayan ruins peten guatemala

Reserva Natural Atitlán

If you are a nature lover, you should visit the Reserva Natural Atitlán or the Atitlán Nature Reserve. The reserve is located about 2 kilometers from Panajachel and covers an area of 100 hectares of cloud forest.

It has a variety of attractions, such as trails, waterfalls, bridges, and a butterfly farm. The reserve also has a zip-line, a hanging bridge, and a canopy tour, that allows you to enjoy the views of the lake and the forest from above.

A great place to see the flora and fauna of the region, such as orchids, bromeliads, monkeys, coatis, and hummingbirds.

trees and a wooden dock lake atitlan
Lake Atitlan is not only about the lake and the villages, there’s a lot more to explore around the lake and the Reserva Natural Atitlan is the perfect example.

Huehuetenango

Huehuetenango is a department and town in the northwest of Guatemala, bordering Mexico. It is one of the most diverse and remote regions of the country, with a variety of landscapes, climates, and cultures.

It is packed with mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, and caves, that offer many opportunities for adventure and exploration. A place with a rich history, as it was the last stronghold of the Maya against the Spanish conquest, and the birthplace of many revolutionary leaders.

view of an old church and trees in Huehuetenango guatemala

Laguna Lachua

One of the most beautiful places in the country is the Laguna Lachua, or the Lachua Lake. The lake is located in the municipality of Cobán, in the Alta Verapaz department, but it is accessible from Huehuetenango by road.

The lake is part of the Laguna Lachua National Park, a protected area that covers 14,500 hectares of tropical rainforest.

It has a circular shape, and a turquoise color, that contrasts with the greenery of the forest. The lake is also a habitat for many species of animals.

The perfect place to enjoy nature and the tranquility of the region.

viewe of the reflects of the sky on the Lachuá Lake in Guatemala
Laguna Lachua is another of the top tourist attractions in Guatemala that you can’t miss, its crystal clear waters reflect the sky perfectly almost like a mirror.

Todos Santos Cuchumatán

Another place that you should visit near Huehuetenango is Todos Santos Cuchumatán, or All Saints Cuchumatán. It is a town in the mountains, at an altitude of 2,500 meters above sea level, and one of the most traditional and authentic towns in Guatemala.

It preserves its indigenous identity, language, and customs, and is famous for its colorful and unique clothing, that is worn by both men and women.

The town is also famous for its annual festival, which takes place on November 1st and involves a horse race, dances, and a ritual. The festival is a celebration of the syncretism between the Catholic and the Maya beliefs, and a tribute to the ancestors and the dead.

People on horses and traditional clothes in Todos Santos Cuchumatan guatemala

Mirador Juan Diéguez Olaverri

If you want to have a panoramic view of Huehuetenango, you should go to the Mirador Juan Diéguez Olaverri, this lookout is located in the municipality of La Democracia, at an altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level.

It’s named after a Guatemalan poet, who wrote a poem about the beauty of Huehuetenango. The lookout has a monument, and a park, where you can admire the scenery of the mountains and the valleys.

A good place to see the sunrise and the sunset, and to take amazing photos.

Mirador Juan Diéguez Olaverri

San Marcos

San Marcos is a department in the southwest of Guatemala, bordering Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. It is a region with a diverse geography, ranging from mountains and volcanoes to plains and beaches.

It is also a region with a rich culture, as it has a large indigenous population, mainly of the Mam and the Sipakapense groups. San Marcos is a destination for travelers who seek adventure, nature, and authenticity.

Palacio Maya de San Marcos Guatemala

Volcán Tajumulco

One of the most challenging and rewarding attractions in San Marcos is the Volcán Tajumulco or the Tajumulco Volcano. The volcano is the highest point in Central America, with an elevation of 4,220 meters above sea level.

The volcano is also a stratovolcano, that has two peaks. It can be climbed from the town of San Marcos, or from the village of Tuichán.

The climb takes about 6 hours and requires a good physical condition and a guide. It offers spectacular views of the landscape, and the opportunity to see the sunrise from the top of the volcano.

a cross on top of volcán Tajumulco
Often called the Rooftop of Central America, Volcan Tajumulco is the highest point in the country and the region, you can actually embark on a challenging journey to the top!

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Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamoló

Another natural attraction in Guatemala is the Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamoló, it is located in the Solola Department and is actually close to Lake Atitlan, the park covers an area of 1,200 hectares of forest.

It’s home to several trails, viewpoints, camping areas, and picnic areas, where you can enjoy nature and the fresh air.

You can also enjoy a zip-line, a canopy tour, and a rappel, which allow you to have some adrenaline and fun.

The park is a great place to escape from the city and to connect with the environment.

Zacapa

Zacapa is a department in the east of Guatemala, bordering Honduras. It is a region with a hot and dry climate, and a low altitude, compared to the rest of the country.

It is well known for its agricultural production, especially of sugar cane, coffee, and tobacco, as well as its gastronomy, especially cheese, honey, and rum.

The most popular rum in Guatemala is Zacapa!

Zacapa is a destination for travelers who want to discover the rural and authentic side of the country.

building and trees of the Central Park in Zacapa Guatemala

Cuevas de B’omb’il Pek

One of the most interesting and adventurous attractions in the Alta Verapaz Department, the caves are located in the municipality of Chisec and are part of a huge system, on the area you can find several caves to explore, like Candelaria Caves, Jul Iq’, and Mucbilhá Raxruha.

These caves have a high archaeological and cultural value, as they were used by the Maya as ceremonial and burial sites.

The caves have several chambers, passages, formations, and paintings, that reveal the secrets and mysteries of the ancient civilization. The caves can be explored by foot, by boat, or by raft, and require a guide.

inside a cave in guatemala
I remember the first time visiting a cave in Guatemala, many of them were used by the Mayans in different ways, In the same fashion as Lanquin Caves, you can explore Candelaria and B’omb’il Pek Caves.

Río Hondo

One of the most relaxing and enjoyable places in Zacapa is the Río Hondo. The river is located in the municipality of Río Hondo, a small and cozy town.

The river is well known for its crystal clear water, it has several pools, spas, and hotels, where you can soak, swim, and relax.

It is also a place where you can practice fishing, kayaking, and rafting, making it the perfect place to enjoy nature and the warmth of Zacapa.

When to visit Guatemala?

Guatemala has a tropical climate, with two main seasons: the dry season (November to April) and the rainy season (May to October).

The dry season is generally the best time to visit Guatemala, as the weather is more explorer-friendly (sunny and pleasant), and the roads are in good condition. However, this is also the peak tourist season, so you can expect higher prices and more crowds.

The rainy season is less popular, but it has its advantages. The rain usually falls in the afternoon, leaving the mornings and evenings clear and fresh. The landscapes are greener and more lush, and the waterfalls and rivers are more impressive.

The tourist attractions are less crowded and cheaper, and you can enjoy some festivals and events, such as the Day of the Dead (November 1) and Independence Day (September 15).

The best time to visit Guatemala also depends on what you want to see and do. Here are some examples,

  • if you want to visit the Maya ruins, you can go any time of the year, but you might want to avoid the hottest months (March and April) and the wettest months (September and October).
  • If you want to hike the volcanoes, you should go in the dry season, when the trails are safer and the views are clearer.
  • If you want to enjoy the beaches, you can go in the rainy season, when the sea is warmer and the sand is softer.

How to get to Guatemala?

The main gateway to Guatemala is the La Aurora International Airport (GUA), located in Guatemala City, the capital and largest city of the country. The airport receives flights from several destinations in North America and Europe.

You can also fly to the Mundo Maya International Airport (FRS), which is located in Flores, and makes the perfect gateway to Tikal and other Maya sites in the Petén region.

Another option to get to Guatemala is by land, from the neighboring countries of Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. You can cross the border by bus, car, or shuttle, but you will need to have your passport and visa (if required) ready.

You can also take a boat from Belize or Honduras to the Caribbean coast of Guatemala, where you can visit the port town of Livingston and the Rio Dulce.

Best way to travel around Guatemala

The best way to travel around Guatemala depends on your budget, preference, and sometimes the destination. I highly recommend you travel around by shuttles, you can book them pretty much anywhere in the country or online and they will take you to the most tourist places in the country.

On the other hand, you can rent a car and go at your own pace, I recommend this option too but keep in mind that some roads in Guatemala are in bad shape.

There’s public transportation, like buses, minibusses, or taxis, which are cheap and frequent but can be crowded, uncomfortable, and unsafe.

You can also use private transportation, such as shuttles, cars, and even planes, which are more comfortable, convenient, and safe, but can be more expensive.

There are alternative transportation too, such as tuk-tks, boats, bikes, or horses, which are more fun, adventurous, and eco-friendly, but can be more limited and challenging.

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FAQ

What are the main attractions of Guatemala?

Some of the main attractions of Guatemala are Antigua Guatemala, a colonial city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Tikal, a Mayan site and also a UNESCO Site; Lake Atitlán, a scenic lake surrounded by volcanoes and Mayan villages; and Semuc Champey, a natural monument with turquoise pools and waterfalls.

The main attractions of Guatemala are its natural and cultural diversity, that offers a range of experiences and activities for travelers.

What are the main tips and precautions for traveling in Guatemala?

Guatemala is a safe place to travel to, a beautiful and fascinating country, but it also has some challenges and risks for travelers. The main issues is theft, and that’s present across the country.

Use your common sense and avoid traveling at night, walking alone, or showing off your valuables.

Make sure you register your trip with your embassy, and get a copy of your passport and visa.

  • Be respectful of the culture and the people, and ask for permission before taking photos, entering sacred places, or participating in ceremonies. You can also dress modestly, tip generously, and learn some of the local customs and etiquette.
  • Be prepared for the climate and the altitude, and pack accordingly. You can also drink plenty of water, use sunscreen and insect repellent, and avoid tap water and street food. You can also have some medication and vaccination, and consult a doctor before and after your trip.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2024

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