Is Antigua Guatemala Safe or Dangerous? (2021 UPDATE)

If you are planning on traveling to Guatemala, the biggest concern would certainly be your safety. After all, Guatemala isn’t known to be the safest country to travel to.

As of September 2020, Guatemala was ranked at level 3 by the U.S government, which says “Reconsider Travel”.

However, you aren’t visiting every single tourist attraction in Guatemala, just some of the popular ones such as Antigua. With so many amazing things to do in Antigua, you don’t want to ruin your trip by being a victim of a crime.

That is why we have written this post to discuss our experience when it comes to safety in Antigua Guatemala.  

Safety In Antigua Guatemala

Is Antigua Guatemala safe or dangerous? The short answer? Yes. In general, Antigua Guatemala is very safe but precautions should still be exercised.

Antigua is one of the safest cities in all of Guatemala.

I am sure you have heard of terrors when it comes to safety in Guatemala, but that usually pertains to the capital of Guatemala, Guatemala City. (That is why the first thing you do when you get to Guatemala is going from the Guatemala Airport to Antigua!)

Many travelers tend to relate Antigua’s safety with Guatemala City’s safety because they are only an hour apart from each other. However, this cannot be more wrong.

Guatemala city is notorious for being dangerous. with not much to see. Armed robberies, thefts, people on motorbikes snatching your phone and more.

In fact, when we traveled to Antigua, we met lots of locals that chose to come all the way from Guatemala City to Antigua to party because it is just that much safer. Here in Antigua, the ex-capital of Guatemala, you will find a bigger police presence.

We met numerous solo travelers in Antigua that reaffirmed our speculation. In the daytime, the charming cobblestone streets of Antigua are safe for tourists, even if you are traveling alone. At night, the streets are equally safe, just don’t make yourself an easy target by being under the influence.

Safety Tips When Visiting Antigua Guatemala

Some of these tips might sound like common sense but you will not believe the number of visitors that have gotten in trouble by not listening to them.

1. If you are under the influence (intoxicated, drugged, and maybe more), naturally you increase your chance of being the victim.

2. Many thieves are out at night looking to prey on unsuspecting foreigners. Bring only what you need when you go out to the bars or clubs and be aware of who’s standing next to you.

3. Don’t walk around alone at night with your valuables. A camera that they take from you is more than a month of their salary. We have not heard of anything get robbed at night. 

4. Don’t let the fear of safety limit your trip to Antigua, Guatemala. If you are really concerned, consider purchasing travel insurance!

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I hope that answers your question “Is Antigua Guatemala dangerous or safe?” We hope our Antigua Guatemala safety tips have reassured your travel plans to Guatemala!

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1 thought on “Is Antigua Guatemala Safe or Dangerous? (2021 UPDATE)”

  1. Awesome! I love reading things like this from someone who’s actually living there. It seems like more and more places are safe as long as you’re not an idiot! Antigua seems super interesting!


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