Women Travel Solo Guatemala

Women Travel Solo Guatemala

I know what you’re thinking, so let’s start with the elephant in the room. After all, if I heard it once, I heard it a hundred times from family and friends: their concern about my coming to Guatemala alone.

Have you reviewed the travel advisories for Guatemala? Is it secure? What makes Guatemala so special?

I can only speak from my own experience and that of others I met while traveling, and the answer for me is a resounding yes. I read the travel advisories before embarking on my vacation, and the answer is a loud yes that I found Guatemala safe. In reality, I was never in a scenario where I was concerned for my safety.

And I can say that after taking public transportation and close to a hundred camionetas, also known as chicken buses, Tuk Tuk’s, taxis, buses, shuttles, and trekking hundreds of miles through the mountains and rural villages.

As to the question of why travel to Guatemala, where do I even begin?  The natural beauty, the mountains, and volcanoes, the ancient Mayan temples, and ruins, the colorful indigenous markets, the World Heritage sites, the cobblestone streets, the spectacular weather, the boundless recreational activities, need I go on?

The months that I spent in Guatemala exploring ended up doing more for my character, education, and self-identity than any other single experience in my life.  Experiencing new cultures has allowed me to think in new ways and look at life through a different lens, a lens that has given me the freedom to be myself.

My advice to anyone woman wanting to travel to Guatemala is to go in with your eyes wide open, educate yourself, and understand that it will more than likely be very different than what you are used to.

The process of staying safe in Guatemala, or any other country for that matter, is to be keenly aware of your surroundings and use common sense.

Arrive and depart your destinations during the day as opposed to the night.  Listen to your instincts, be respectful to those you encounter, and above all appreciate the people and the world around you.

I found Guatemala a country of contrast and a place of inconceivable beauty and warmth.