Adv Riders in Guatemala

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by richsuz, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. stormdog

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    Haven’t been to Tikal since last Christmas so can comment on safety, but I can say that your route on 186 to Pelenque is flat and boring for most of the way.
    I haven’t heard of any problems lately but there was border unrest/ road blocks around Pelenque and the border crossing coming down from Comitan. When I crossed last December.
  2. Be Gone For Good

    Be Gone For Good Been here awhile

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    We made that route on CA-13 just this past October and everything was fine. Tikal is a must. We had no issues at all with any safety problems. We did have issues with the rain. Slow down because whatever it is that they use to make their road surfaces turns to absolute glass in the rain. They aren't like American roads when wet so take it easy in the mountain turns or take the express route down. Good luck.
  3. scharfg

    scharfg Been here awhile

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    Hi all, did a Google search for good motorcycle roads in Guate but didn't have much luck so I turned to the amazing world of ADV rider forums.

    My buddy and I have not retired yet but have seen too many good people either not make it to retirement or passed on shortly after while not experiencing many of their life dreams.

    So on my 50th birthday I took off from work for 42 days and rode from northern BC Canada down the Baja, to the mainland and back home. It was fantastic so we wanted more!!

    So The next year we bought bikes we could leave behind and in two weeks rode to Peurta Vallarta, storing them at an expats house, a very awesome experience so we wanted to continue.

    At this time I was not interested in getting to Terra del Flago in record time, I wanted to explore each country first and the travel further south.

    We returned in 6 months and in two weeks rode to Comitan in Mexico, where we stored the bikes and we met two awesome riders Carlo Ruiz (San Cristo) and Sergio Figueroa (Comitan) who have been so helpful and accommodating.

    We returned last fall and had another great ride.

    We invited them to come back to BC as we wanted to return the favour and take them on a 2 week tour of our beautiful part of the world (my buddy bought 2 KLR's for them to use). Unfortunately Carlos was getting his knee operated on (motorcycle accident involving a semi truck and 2 iguanas) so the trip has been postponed until this summer.

    So the reason for my post........

    We are retuning in November and they are going to take us in a tour of GT and BZ, I've never been to GT but I've vacationed in BZ twice (no riding).

    I would like your advice on the best roads and places to see in Guatemala.

    I've seen a bit of BZ (drove a car down from Cancun this past spring) and I think I'd like to stay the bulk of the time in GT (1week)m as the roads don't seem too exciting for motorcycles in Belize.

    What do you suggest?

    We like twisty roads and nice scenery (not interested in large Cities).

    Thanks so much in advance!
  4. Tricepilot

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  5. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    I'm in Comitan for a couple nights and heading for the La Mesilla crossing Thursday morning. Once into Guatemala, I'll be headed toward Antigua. Any suggestions for an overnight stop on the route? Towns and hotels? Thanks.
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    scharfg Been here awhile

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    Hey 95Monster, can you send me a PM or respond on this page how your crossing from MX to GT goes as I'll be doing the same thing in November also crossing at La Mesilla and I've had some conflicting info about how it will go in terms of paperwork, some folks say they are asked by the GT folks for their current/cancelled MX TVIP and some say they weren't. We don't have MX TVIPs as we cancelled them last trip and did not go north of the check point just south of Comitan.

    My buddy crossed over last month at Tapachula and had no MX TVIP, no driver's licence and only a photocopy of his registration and he got through!

    Do you know about the Cenote de Candelaria, el hermoso secreto de Nentón, Huehuetenangoenote? If you get to Huehuetenango stop at Perro Morino's Cevichi Restaurant as he's the president of the Chuchumatanes.



    We are planning on going there for the first night.

    Then we are heading to Quetzaltengo (Xela) and visit the nearby hot springs called Fuentes Georginas (there are cabins at the springs and they kick the public out at 5pm so you have the place to yourself). The downtown is very historical and worth exploring, they say the hostel Kasa Kiwi is a good place.

    Then we are heading to Lake Atitalan and going around the south side (they say you should hire a police escort ($20) to go from San Pedro to Santiago), then go east on the #1 towards Patzun to Patzicia to Acatenango on the #10 winding down to Parramos and onto Antigua.

    Moto Tours is a good motorcycle hostel in Antigua.

    Then we are heading northeast to Semuc Champey then east to Puerto Barrios and turning and back to MX in 2 days.

    Let us know how you make out, thanks!
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  7. AndyT

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    If you want a taste of Guatemalan urban culture but less hectic than GT city, you could stop in Xela. Several nice hotels near Parque Centro America, and a convenient distance from Comitan for a days ride.

    A little further, and probably an hour off the Pan Am would be San Pedro la Laguna on lake Atitlan. Also on the lake and not as far off the highway, is Panajachel. You really need to go to the lake at some point.

    Don't be in too big a hurry to get out of the western highlands, really beautiful country.
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  8. 95Monster

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    scharfg Been here awhile

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    Awesome, I subscribed, brings back memories of my trips south thanks!
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  10. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    It has been mentioned before, but I'll mention again:

    there have been reports of robbers around lake Atitlan.
    All of the reports I have heard about have been on Rt 11 on the west side of the lake (The "Antigua Side)
  11. 95Monster

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    The Mexican side of the crossing was a piece of cake. Heading in to Cd Cuauhtemoc from Comitan, Migracion and Aduana are on your left. IMG_2185.jpg
    Looking at the photo, Migracion is on the right. I walked in and handed him my passport and FMM and he stamped me out. Then I moved the bike behind the pickup and walked into the Aduana to cancel my TVIP. That took maybe five minutes as the guy entered something into the computer, walked outside and checked my serial numbers and took photos of the bike. At 8:45am, I was the only person there. If you aren't canceling a TVIP, just pop into the Migracion and get your exit stamp.
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  12. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    Are they stopping people for any kind of check at the big new building to the north in this photo?
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  13. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    They weren’t stopping anyone that I could see. Nobody was outside.
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  14. El Explorador

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    Nothing much to add, Semuc Champey, Lanquin, Grutas de candelaria are all well worth seeing. The cuchumatanes are some of the best and most beautiful mountain riding I’ve ever done - you can ride up to a couple hour hike from the summit of Volcán Tajumulco while you’re in the area, highest point in Central America . For a challenge off the usual tourist routes there’s Laguna Ipala, in the crater of the extinguished volcano of the same name.


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  15. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    Hey folks!

    I'm on my third trip to Guatemala ... it's been awesome.
    I'm currently house sitting for a friend in Antigua.
    I have to head back to the USA at the beginning of November.
    I have my choice of routes home :-)

    I've seen Lake Atitlan, Tikal, Coban, Guate. City, Quetzaltenango, and of course a bunch of points in southern Guate.
    I've previously crossed in at La Mesilla & El Carmen.
    If I'm not mistaken the "caravan" of migrants is at El Carmen, so I don't think I'll cross there ... :doh

    I've NOT seen Cenotes Candelaria which I think is the LOWER pin on the map inset below?
    (the other being a hotel that does tours to the actual Cenotes?)
    Alas, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of roads in the area ... ???

    I've not seen the Palenque Ruins, BUT ... having seen Coban & Tikal would it be a big miss to see Palenque later?

    Other suggestions for the route home and which border crossing might be least troublesome given what's happening would be MUCH appreciated!

    Thanks!

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    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    One more newbie question:
    Has anyone heard news regarding the La Mesilla MX / Guate. border crossing on CA-1? :lurk
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  18. kta

    kta Riding Everything Everywhere

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    The Cenotes de Candelaria are the top pin on your image, the lower pin is in the wrong place and is at the town of Nenton. About 6KM North of Nenton you will turn left, and then it is basically a straight shot to the cenotes. They are a stones throw from the Mexican border. If you use the satellite view it is easy to identify them and see the road you will take. Rough GPS track attached if you want it. Here is the screenshot:

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    If you are headed that way, the Gracias a Dios border just North of there is very quiet, but only immigration, no customs. It's fun to spend a night at Finca Chacula before crossing.

    On the dirt road to the cenotes - It can be a bit rough, but easy enough on any ADV or Dualsport bike:
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    Looking down on one of the Cenotes de Candelaria:
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    Finca Chacula:
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    Right across the border there is a Mayan Ruins site that is small but interesting. And Lagunas de Montebello are nearby for a quick visit, but they aren't that exciting.

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  19. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    @kta

    THANKS very much!
    I'll be headed that way in a week or so...
    I appreciate the GPX track... google maps and others were doing a good job of misleading me ...
  20. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    @kta I tried to post a "thanks" post last night be apparently it didn't stick.
    internet here in Antigua is sometimes sketcy.

    Anyway, THANKS!
    I was confused by the two Cenote references, I'll blast through town and follow your track!
    I appreciate your help!

    I have Finca Chacula's phone number and will see if they have any space!

    Jim