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Security Alert: Guatemala City (Guatemala), RN-14 and 21k Race

Western Hemisphere > Guatemala > Guatemala City

Location: Sacatepequez, Escuintla, Guatemala City

Event: The government of Guatemala recently reopened highway RN-14 that has been closed since Volcano Fuego erupted.  RN-14 connects Antigua to Escuintla.

However, the U.S. Embassy has restricted its personnel from traveling on RN-14 due to the poor state of the road and threats of additional lahars (a type of fast-moving mudslide).

Additionally, expect traffic disruptions and delays Sunday in Guatemala City, August 26th, when the city will hold a 21k road race.  More than 15,000 people are expected to participate. 

Avenida Reforma and Avenida Las Americas from Zone 2 to Zone 14 will be closed from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  You may cross using the underpass on Boulevard Proceres/Liberacion.

Embassy Operations: Embassy operations are normal. 

Actions to Take:

·        Avoid traveling at night as road conditions are especially hazardous in the dark and roads may end without warning

·        Avoid traveling on RN 14 between Antigua and Escuintla

·        Avoid secondary roads

·        Obey all traffic laws

·        Review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news for updates.   


·        U.S. Embassy Guatemala City

Tel. (502) 2326-4000


·        State Department - Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

·       Guatemala Country Information

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