Chicago education consultant, lawyer and entrepreneur John Heintz is co-founder and senior legal consultant of Lydian, Inc. ,a partner with Second Rail. Formerly the chief legal officer of Niles Township High School District 219, he holds a JD from Chicago’s John Marshall Law School and an advanced LLM in public international law from Leiden University in the Netherlands. A world traveler, John Heintz has been to many countries, including Latin American countries Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico and extensive time in Europe. John Heintz consulting work with a higher education start up in Spain has put to work his Spanish skills without the Latin American twist.
The Central American country found just below Mexico, Guatemala is a popular tourist destination for eco-travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, and history buffs curious about Mayan culture. The country is extremely inexpensive, making it a highly affordable vacation destination, though health and safety are central concerns for visitors.
Prior to visiting Guatemala, travelers are advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get the following vaccines: influenza, chicken pox, hepatitis A and B, tetanus-diphtheria, and typhoid, as well as measles, mumps, and rubella. Some may want to get vaccinated for yellow fever and rabies, and malaria pills are often recommended.
While in the country, visitors should not drink tap water unless it has been boiled, filtered, or disinfected. Be sure that ice cubes have also been treated.
As far as personal safety goes, travelers should not journey alone through rural areas. The U.S. Department of State warns travelers against the Guatemala-Mexico border and the northwestern corner of Peten. Intercity buses are also prone to robbery.