Central America

Three Countries, Two Border Crossings, 11 Hours and Two Bribes in One Day

Three Countries, Two Border Crossings, 11 Hours and Two Bribes in One Day

OH THE DREAD. Which we know is a terrible way to start a day like this… But two border crossings in one day? That's rough. And while it was better than we expected, it was definitely the longest and craziest day we've had so far. 

Border #3: Guatemala to El Salvador + Our First Scam!

Border #3: Guatemala to El Salvador + Our First Scam!

About a mile away from the border, men began to swarm our car. We've heard other travelers refer to them as ‘touts’ and we were NOT prepared. We did a good job avoiding the first round of them, but beware, they whistle to their friends up the road letting them know to get ready for the gringos approaching.

Border #2: La Mesilla Crossing into Guatemala (VIDEO)

Border #2: La Mesilla Crossing into Guatemala (VIDEO)

Leaving San Cristobal, it’s a pretty clear drive via the CA 1/ Pan-American Highway into Guatemala. Our trusty iOverlander App warned us about the 4 military checkpoints that might take up some time, plus the anticipated 30min-2hour border crossing depending on the lines. Add an 8-hour drive to lake Atitlan from San Cristobal de las Casas, and we’re really pushing an arrival after sunset. Our nerves had pretty much dissipated at this point, but driving at night was still something we wanted to avoid.