next Survivor will be in Guatemala amid Mayan ruins and “violent criminal activity.”

next Survivor will be in Guatemala amid Mayan ruins and “violent criminal activity.”
The eleventh season of Survivor will take the show back to Central America. Survivor Guatemala‘s subtitle, “The Maya Empire,” suggests its biggest change: the cast will live in Mayan ruins, not on a beach. This season, which debuts in September, will have just 18 contestants, which is ultimately pretty much the same as Survivor Palau since two of its 20 contestants were eliminated right away. Just 14 days ago, The State Department issued a public announcement noting that “U.S. citizens are urged to be especially aware of safety and security concerns when traveling in Guatemala.” Its Consular Information Sheet for Guatemala notes that “violent criminal activity on the highways has increased, and tourists, among others, have been targeted,” adding that “[t]ravel after dark anywhere in Guatemala is extremely dangerous.” Of specific relevance to the production, it says that “Visitors to the Mayan ruins at Tikal are urged to fly to nearby Flores and then travel by bus or tour van to the site.”
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