There is a bad reputation in Guatemala for bandits and robberies, it is not unfounded and recent attacks have left many travellers in the know quite cautious about how they move around the country. Others, who don’t read the blogs and foreign office advice, just happily get on with it. I try to inhabit the middle ground and be aware but not paranoid in country of wonderful friendly people and a wealth of beauty to be seen.
One of the main tourist routes through Guatemala is the road from Flores in Peten to Guatemala City itself, this involves a nine hour ride however you do it and if you do not want to arrive in supposedly the most dangerous city in Central America after dark you have to take a night bus.
I thought I had chosen the most expensive bus to ensure a better chance of sleep while travelling but my good plans nearly came awry when I was told my ticket was for a less prestigious ride. My luck held though and the conductor hustled me onto the bus anyway for a long night of tossing and turning, mysterious stops in the night and a bleary eyed welcome to the worst parts of Guatemala City at six in the morning!
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