Mexico and Central America Ride Planning and Road Wisdom

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Jeff Munn, May 30, 2006.

  1. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    Last Feb we rode through Tuxtla Gutiérrez to San Cristóbal de las Casas where we overnighted. Then took Carretera Federal 190 to the border, passing through Comitán and Ciudad Cuautehmoc to make the Guate crossing at La Mesía (La Mesilla). SC de las C is a nice town to overnight in and 190 provided a pleasant ride to a friendly crossing at La Mesilla. From there you simply take CA1 to your turn off for SJC. It's a pretty sweet ride.

    Don't know what you're riding or how you feel about dirt roads but there is one paved road into SJC off of CA1 you can get onto from Zaragoza which lies due south of SJC and just west of Chimaltenango. Looks like a nice piece of road on Google Earth.

    If you have time on your return consider heading east through Guate City then north to Tikal for the ruins. Then Palenque on your return through México. You might even see Ester there.

    Do try to meet up with MikeMike in Veracruz if it works out that you overnight there. He's someone worth meeting and certainly worth riding with.
  2. Aventeren

    Aventeren Been here awhile

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    You know what, I take it back. Creel is a great place. The people are great, and the town is pretty cool.

    I ended up staying at the Casa Margerita, which is a hostel with private rooms (a ton) and a dormitory. Given that I was the only one in the dormitory, I elected to stay in the dormitory. The cost was $150 pesos, which included dinner and breakfast. Given the exchange rate of $13 pesos to $1 US, I was happy with my food and lodging costs being kept to under $15 (and closer to $10). They have a sister hotel (Plaza Mexicana) that had secure, locked parking for my bike. So I drove my bike over there after dinner. I woke up this morning and my bike was fine. I would not recommend that you leave your bike in front of the Casa Margerita, as a few of the locals indicated that doing so would be a bad idea. Therefore, if you elect to stay here, you'll end up eating at Plaza Mexicana's restaurant, and so when you are over there, inquire about secure parking and just move your bike over once you have unloaded everything into your room. Great WiFi from the dormitory--and I would suspect the other rooms would have okay WiFi, too. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    I'm off to Urique-and mybe Batopilas from there if I can fall in with a group heading that way over the connector.

    :beer
  3. Johnny Mansfield

    Johnny Mansfield n00b

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    Thanks so much, about to look up the route! I am riding a klr 650, I have heard about the ruins in Tikal- also have head about some type of waterfall that has carved out stairs that lead to openings into a cave system- Haven't been able to find it, Do you know this place?
  4. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Semuc Champey
  5. Johnny Mansfield

    Johnny Mansfield n00b

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    GREAT!!! Looking forward to this trip, thanks for the update...Will send you a PM when I get down there. Thanks again, have a good one-.-
  6. Johnny Mansfield

    Johnny Mansfield n00b

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    Wow, that is amazing--definitely making a stop there! Thanks and have a good one-.-
  7. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    Check out Paul's ride report (rtwpaul). He recently visited Semuc Champey enroute to Antigua.
  8. Habibi Rocks

    Habibi Rocks Banned

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    Also in Guatemala..... Checkout Retalhuleu on CA-2 . Its a hidden little gem with great lodging . The trick is like so many Central American cities it lies just a few meteres off the main road.

    View from plaza

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  9. Johnny Mansfield

    Johnny Mansfield n00b

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    Looking for riders to accompany me, I will be documenting the trip for a documentary series. Please contact me if you will be going my way. Will be leaving around Jan. 11 and returning around Feb. 15.
  10. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    I am back on the road Nov 27 for 3-4 months South. Big 3 day push from PV to Mex Guat border.

    Then to Tikal Ruins the east and need to be in Antigua on the 4th to meet my friend from AK.

    I am going chill in Antigua and surrounding areas for a week and take some Spanish.

    Looking for suggestions on stuff not miss in Guat and the rest of CA. Right now I have no plan beyond Antigua. Go where I hear of cool stuff and trend in a southward direction.

    Always good to have a beer with other ADV peeps, let me know if you are headed in my direction. Starting RR today or tomorrow.
  11. Aventeren

    Aventeren Been here awhile

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    Howdy--

    I recently came through Mexico, and I did not cancel my TVIP, as I was going to use it on the back side when I came back through. However now, I am in Costa Rica, and I have decided to continue on to South America--and as such I will not be heading back to Mexico--and I will therefore not be able to cancel my TVIP.

    Does anyone know if there is an alternative method of canceling the Mexico TVIP from a different country?

    Thanks!

    :beer
  12. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    Screwed
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    look here for some information (website, phone number and email address) that may help you solve the problem:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=647840
  14. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Just bring the same bike back through Mexico or you won't be able to get another vehicle into Mexico for the foreseeable future.
  15. Aventeren

    Aventeren Been here awhile

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    I've emailed my Banjercito contact to see if he would be okay with me going to the Mexican consulate in Costa Rica to have them somehow verify that I have the bike here--and that it was not sold in Mexico. I'll update everyone on how this strategy works out.

    Given that I'm now going to be flying the bike home, it may be tough to go back through Mexico--unless I flew the bike from Argentina to Mexico City, which may be possible. We'll see.

    Fingers and toes crossed.

    Thanks for your help.

  16. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Relax, this isn't Midnight Express or Papillion.

    Bad on you for not canceling the TVIP

    Bad on you for thinking you could cancel it at a foreign consulate

    The fly the bike home idea is ok, see below.

    To cancel the bike's TVIP you and it will need to appear at a Mexico border aduana.

    Simplest way to do that it is just ride it home through Mexico. Or, don't sell the bike and ride it to Mexico in e future. Just don't bring a different bike. In that scenario, no new TVIP for you Charlie.

    You've already kissed your deposit goodbye as you know. It's only money. Concentrate on taking photos on this current trip. People aren't taking enough photos these days. I don't care about your TVIP, I want to see your photos.
  17. Pedro Navaja

    Pedro Navaja Long timer

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    Still don't understand why people can't follow simple rules.
  18. acejones

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    It would sure head off a bunch of anxiety and be cheaper in the long run.
  19. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    They get simpler the more you do it. First time around can get a bit corn-fyoozing for some folks.
  20. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    Two great films. Recently saw a doc on Midnight Express. Turns out the true story of Billy Hayes' escape is far better then the fictionalized account in the film. You can watch it here.