The dirt roads around Lago Atitlan are notorious. The Panamericana through Guatemala is better. Guatemala is still dangerous. DaveG explains what happened to him. This can happen to any traveler anywhere, even in the US. You should heed the warnings and follow the strategies of the riders in this story. Travelguard will insure your electronics up to $1,000. If they're waving at you with a machete, add gas. If they're waving at you with a gun? Depending on the gun, stop or add gas.