6. Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala is a popular stop on the Central American tourist trail. Most travelers spend at least a day or two in transit in the capital before or after exploring other area. Guatemala City has one of the highest violent crime rates around, including assault, theft, rape, armed robbery, carjacking, murder and kidnapping. Bus-jacking’s and highway robbery of tourist cars are not unheard of. Even the areas generally considered “safe” are not immune to these problems and pick-pocketing scams are rampant there where crooks work in teams. Guatemala City also earns its spot as one of the top dangerous cities because it is flanked by not one but two active volcanoes and is prone to earthquakes. Mudslides are also a concern, especially in the hillside shanties, and only you can decide if you want to risk your life on a Guatemala “chicken bus”.