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Guatemala Travel warnings

Guatemala - Health & Disease

The horror stories definitely plague blogs, forums and guide books when it comes to staying healthy while traveling to Guatemala.  There's the all-too-common story of getting stomach trouble the night before needing to

Chicken Buses & Guatemala Transport

They're just so freaking colorful; how can you not want to take a ride on one of these old American school buses while backpacking around Guatemala, or any Central American country for that matter?  Being paint

Risky Business in Guatemala

It is no secret that Guatemala has a high rate of crime, as do many developing countries where money is scarce and governments are corrupt.  By traveling to this Central American favorite, you are potentially putting y

Shake, Rattle & Roll in Guatemala

Guatemala is a country built on volcanoes, set upon fault lines and in the path of tropical storms.  To be a local in Guatemala is to endure many of these natural disasters – both big and small – and to be a touris

Guatemala Tweets

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US embassy Guatemala warns travellers to avoid Coban and Alkta Verapaz after arrest of suspected drug lord.

over 6 years ago

Video of traveler getting sick, and how she found the right hospital in Guatemala - #travel

over 7 years ago

RT @MarinaVillatoro: Weekly Travel Tips - Safety Tips When Traveling In Guatemala

over 7 years ago

Update on the Heavy Rains hitting Northern Guatemala -3,850 homeless -

about 8 years ago

Recommended vaccinations for Guatemala

  • Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.

    Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)

    Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.  The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .


    Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.

    Yellow fever - transit

    Certain countries without yellow fever require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate if you arrives (even in transit) from a country where yellow fever is present.   If you arrive from a country without yellow fever , there is no requirement for a yellow fever vaccination.

    Malaria in Guatemala

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