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Stray dogs

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Stray dogs

Hi guys,

I am planning a one month trip for Spanish immersion in February. Lake Atitlan is the location that keeps coming up in my search. My only issue is the stray dogs. Last year we ran a lot of them while traveling through Chile and Argentina and since childhood due to an unfortunate accident I have a phobia of stray dogs, so it made parts of that unpleasant. I will be by myself in this trip and I wonder if anybody can give me an insight on this issue ? Thanks

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11. Re: Stray dogs

I spent a week in San Pedro in Jan 2017 -- visiting San Marcos and San Juan for a few hours each as well -- and there were stray dogs everywhere, all friendly or totally disinterested in me. There was some mild begging (which I gave into rather a lot). Dogs on roofs barked at me a few times as I passed by, and I did hear dogs barking at night. If you are afraid of dogs in general -- ie, whether they are "aggressive" or not -- I think you will have a rough time on Lake Atitlan, honestly. If you are cool with them as long as they don't growl, bark. act threatening, etc. -- you should be okay, though of course there's always a chance you might encounter that one dog.... Hope this helps!

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12. Re: Stray dogs

Sounds problematic; even though dogs have owners they wonder about during the day and may return to their homes at night, others are stray dogs, so there is a lot of unleashed dogs in Pana and in just about any indian town. They are very used to people so they will not even bark at you, opposite to the ones in the yards of their owners which can startle you with their barking.

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