Thank you in advance for any help that you can provide.
My wife and I are planning to go to Guatemala and Belize in March and were recently researching the best way to get around. We came across some concerning things and I wanted to come here to ease my fears and get some advice.
1. How is traveling throughout Guatemala in terms of safety? My sister recommended the trip and she felt perfectly safe with her husband there, but they also had stories of bus strikes and people "holding up" buses and shooting the bus driver while they were there (5 years ago). Is this still happening?
2. We land at 11pm in GUA and would like to immediately go to our hotel in Antigua. We plan to arrange a hotel shuttle and have them pick us up at the airport. Is this the safest option? Should we be concerned in Guatemala City at that time and traveling at that time?
3. We depart from BZE and are deciding on how to travel from Lake Aitlan to Belize. Our current thinking is to take a shuttle back to GUA and fly but it is very expensive. We also thought about taking a shuttle back to GUA and flying to Flores (less expensive) and then taking an express bus from Flores to Belize City. Is crossing the boarder via the express bus the safest option?
I apologize if I am being overly concerned. I am a fairly seasoned traveler having been to many places and never too concerned for my well being. It is just with the stories of the bus strikes and the US Dept of State listing the situation as "critical" has my family worried and I would like to know if they are warranted or if you can help me ease their concerns.