Guatemala City Travel Blog
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 has a reputation for robberies and gang violence but, as a tourist, your chances of being a victim of crime here are slim, assuming you stick to safe/affluent neighbourhoods. Uber is in the city, so that helps cut down on the risk of express kidnappings/getting ripped off on the price.
You will not see people walking around very much at night in Guatemala City. You shouldn’t either. Take Ubers, even for short distances.
MUST DO: Parque Central. Take in the architecture and people-watch here.
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN GUATEMALA CITY: 6/10
Girls are conservative in Guatemala. There isn’t a huge one night stand culture here. That said, if you’re here enough time to take a gal on a date or two, you’ll be able to get it done. It isn’t as easy as Mexico, Colombia or Peru, but it certainly isn’t impossible, either.
***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?: 5.5/10.
It’s a noticeable downgrade from Mexico, but it’s really not that bad. In general, girls are slimmer than they are in Mexico, but their faces aren’t quite as nice. You’re unlikely to see much walking around the streets, but if you go out in Zona 9 or Zona 10 on a weekend, you’ll see attractive women. They are out there.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN GUATEMALA CITY: $400.00. You can pay less for an apartment, but it worth paying $400.00 plus in Guatemala City to get in a good area.
If you’re doing a short-term stay (one month or less) Airbnb is your best bet.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $8.00-$12.00
NIGHTLIFE IN GUATEMALA CITY: 6/10
There certainly aren’t as many options as in other Latin American cities of over 1,000,000 people. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you’re here for a few months, it would be quite easy to get some of the hottest clubs on lock.
There are basically 3 zones that are worth going out in: Zona 10, Zona 4, and Zona 15. Zona 1 (Centro) has bars as well, but this area is not safe at night.
I recommend: Club Zero. In Zona 10. It’s one of not-so-many places that are open late.
BOTTLE OF BEER: $3.00
If you want to meet women in Guatemala, you will need to speak some Spanish. PickUp Spanish is the best resource of its kind, designed specifically for teaching you the Spanish you'll need to meet girls from Latin America.
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 a whole lot offer the tourist. Many skip over Guatemala City in favour of Antigua. However, if you want to experience Guatemalan culture, food and nightlife, the capital is worth a look. A weekend should do the trick — you shouldn’t need more than about 3 days here to see the sights.
OVERALL RATING: 6/10
Recommended Resources: Latin American Cupid
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