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Guatemala City



What is the air quality like at post (good/moderate/bad)? Are there seasonal air quality issues? Does the air quality have an impact on health?

Moderate to unhealthy in the city. There are no enforced emissions standards; many vehicles lack catalytic converters, and traffic can be terrible during the week. During February-April the weather gets warmer and hazy and air quality declines, but the rainy season that follows, generally leads to better conditions, at least on weekends and outside of rush hour. - Jun 7, 2015
Pretty good, most of the time. It can get a little hazy during the holidays when there are nightly fireworks or when one of the nearby volcanoes erupt. Traffic is really bad enough to cause a lot of pollution. Allergy-sufferers may have problems as this is the "land of eternal springtime" and with that comes environmental allergies. - Apr 23, 2014
In the capital's streets, air quality is terribly unhealthy because of the fumes released by old, poorly-maintained cars and rickety buses, made worse by the fact that gas and diesel that are sold in Guatemala contain toxic additives long prohibited elsewhere. - Jan 3, 2014
The air quality in the city isn't so good, but once you get out of the capital, there is a lot of fresh air. - Nov 7, 2011
Seems pretty good, though exhaust fumes are pretty nasty when you get behind a bus. We always drive with the windows rolled up and the AC on recirculating air so we're not breathing those fumes. - May 2, 2010