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Antigua

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Though you’ll probably never have a problem, be wary when walking empty streets late at night, especially away from the center, as robberies have taken place. Pick pocketing is rife during Semana Santa: even more than at other times of year, don’t carry anything you don’t immediately need. Armed robberies have occurred in the past on Cerro de la Cruz and in the Cementerio General, but crime in these places has effectively ceased since the formation in 1996 of the Policía Municipal de Turismo, who provide free escorts to both sites and to some of the ruins around town. Some of the volcanoes visited from Antigua, especially Pacaya and Agua, have also been the scene of robberies.

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While you're there

Medical services

Casa de los Nahuales (7832 0068; 3a Av Sur 6) Offers alternative medical and spiritual services, including Mayan horoscopes, massages, aromatherapy and Bach flower remedies.

Casa de Salud Santa Lucía (7832 3122; Calzada de Santa Lucía Sur 7) If possible, you’re probably best going to a private hospital such as this one.

Hospital Nacional Pedro de Betancourth (7832 2801) This public hospital in San Felipe, 2km north of the center, has an emergency service.

Hospital Reina de los Ángeles (7832 2258; Calle Ancha de los Herreros 59) Another private hospital.

Ixmucane (7832 5539; womanway@aol.com; 4a Av Norte 32) Provides a complete range of gynecological and obstetrical services, from dispensing birth control to delivering babies. Herbal supplements, treatment and information are available here too, in English and Spanish.

Obras Sociales de Hermano Pedro (Hospital San Pedro; 7832 0883; 6a Calle Oriente 20) This is the more central of Antigua’s two public hospitals, but it has no emergency service. It’s primarily a refuge for the handicapped, elderly and abused, but does give medical consultations.

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