Guatemala City Guide
OVERVIEW: Capital and largest city in Guatemala. It is the financial and industrial centre of the country, and is quite modern, at least compared to the rest of the country. Often passed through, but rarely visited by tourists.
WEATHER: Subtropical highland (22-28 °C). Rainy season May-October
SAFETY: Guatemala city is a bit dangerous in terms of robberies and gang violence. However, it feels more dangerous than it actually is. As long as you're cautious, you should be OK. For tourists, I'd say it's safer than Managua or even Quito.
MUST DO: Parque Central. Take in the architecture and people-watch here.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN GUATEMALA CITY: $300.00. You can pay less for an apartment, but it worth paying $300.00 plus in Guatemala City to get in a good area.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $5.00-$8.00
NIGHTLIFE IN GUATEMALA CITY: 5.75/10
Nothing to write home about (or write a blog post about). It used to be more or less limited to one area - Zona 10 - although, apparently Zona 10 is now dying as a nightlife destination and Zona 15 is where it's at. Regardless of the zona, you're likely to be underwhelmed. Nightlife simply doesn't seem to be a big part of the culture here. That, or people don't feel safe enough to go out after dark. Nevertheless, I'll make one suggestion.
I recommend: Rattle and Hum. In Zona 10. If there are any other tourists in town, they'll likely find their way here.
BOTTLE OF BEER: $2.00
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN GUATEMALA CITY: 5.5/10
Girls are very conservative in Guatemala. That, and the fact that you probably won't want to approach any of them anyway, makes for a low chance of hooking-up in Guatemala City.
***ONLINE DATING: Latin American Cupid allows you to talk with girls and set up dates before you arrive in the country. For this reason, I recommend it.
ARE GIRLS HOT IN GUATEMALA CITY?: 4.75/10.
Girls in Guatemala city are short, typically heavier and don't have overly pleasant faces. None of the playful or flirty personalities that you'll get from their female neighbours to the north, Mexico, either.
If you want to make the most of your time in Guatemala, you will need to speak some Spanish. Rocket Spanish is the best resource for learning Spanish quickly and easily.
GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.50 Loaf of Bread= $1.90 Eggs= $1.80 Water (1.5L)= $1.00 Cigarettes= $2.00
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: There may be work as an English teacher in Guatemala City, but the pay will be bad, and the conditionals unfavourable.
NOTES: Not much to offer the tourist. You're better off in Antigua in almost every way.
OVERALL RATING: 5.75/10
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