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The Real Reason Anthony Bourdain Never Visited These Places

Another Central American country that Bourdain failed to visit was Guatemala, but it may be for good reason. Remember how he previously said that if he hasn’t gone somewhere, it’s likely for security issues? The social landscape in Guatemala hasn’t been the safest in recent years, only escalating recently to a mass migration crisis due to the devastating effects of climate change (via NBC News). 

Aside from political and ecological turmoil, violent crime is also an issue in Guatemala. Many of the migrants face being robbed or assaulted while traveling main routes (via International Crisis Group). Bourdain was usually filming a TV show if he was in another country, and an entire film crew isn’t exactly an inconspicuous way to travel around, so a visit would have been potentially risky.

However, CNN did release a short video in 2018 of Bourdain visiting the Little Guatemala area of Los Angeles. “Here’s what I know about…

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