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.
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.
Our Mexican border crossing was pleasantly uneventful. Based on this helpful border traffic report we wanted to be sure and avoid high-traffic times close to mid-week (which is really anytime between Tuesday and Thursday). Keep in mind this was our first border crossing EVER (by car) so we planned to leave early and allow PLENTY of time.