Avoid the dirt road from Santiago Atilan to San Pedro in Guatemala

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by daveg, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    How do you plan on getting a photo of them if they steal your camera? :huh

    Just take pictures of the police and gov't officials in Nic, Guat, Honduras and Mex if you want pictures of robbers.
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  2. crashmaster

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  3. NoZombies

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    I know this is an old thread, but I live by the lake, and to say that the road to san pedro is dangerous is an understatement.

    I can tell horror stories about that road. Just take it under advisement that it's not a road worth taking.
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  4. stickfigure

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    How is the paving going? It seemed well under way in 2008 when I made the trip (and got a police escort during the rough part). I'm surprised it isn't done yet.

    Jeff
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  5. NoZombies

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    Jeff, last thing I heard was the paving project was abandoned due to mudslides, however, don't quote me on that.

    I've never personally taken the entire road, I started out and thought better of it. But I've had several friends and acquaintances who have been robbed or raped or both on the one section of it. And all of those are from the last year or so.

    I'm currently in Antigua due to mudslides between here and the lake, been stuck here for several days, so far I've been mugged at gunpoint, contracted dengue fever, and been adopted by the Welsh, along with various other adventures.
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  6. Lone Rider

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    Do you have residence in San Pedro, or some other town?
    What is your age?
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  7. Tricepilot

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  8. NoZombies

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    I live in Panajachel, but hang out in san pedro, when I have time.

    I could have made it back to Pana on Thursday, (was supposed to on Tuesday) but had another dentist appointment for coming Monday anyways, so figured I'd stay through.

    I'm 30
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  9. daveg

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    You know a guy of similar age who used to work at a gringo bar in San Pedro named Tyler from Mississippi/Texas?
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  10. NoZombies

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    I don't think so, any recollection of which bar it was? Seems like there are at least 4 or 5 gringo bars there, I've spent time in 3 I think.

    I'm hoping to go spend a night in San Pedro in the next couple of weeks sometime, I can try to look him up.

    Also keep in mind guys, I'm not on a bike right now, all my travels through Guatemala are currently on foot, bus or shuttle, with the occasional ride on a borrowed bike.

    I'm looking at a Suzuki dr 650 next week though, so that might change.
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  11. slideways

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    I have a nice 2002 XR250 for sale it is in Guat City if you are interested
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  12. Misery Goat

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    I was just in San Pedro and the north road is in bad shape from the rain, more of an issue for cars than motorbikes imo.
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  13. Lone Rider

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    The horror stories he's talking about have to do with bandito action, not poor road conditions or anything weather related.
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  14. Misery Goat

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    I'm aware of that. Thanks.
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  15. NoZombies

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    Misery Goat,

    Thanks for the update on the road condition, and Nice piece on pelenque BTW, I didn't read the whole Journey, but I bookmarked the page and will be watching it.
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  16. NoZombies

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    I just spent a little time yesterday with some nice folks at the orphanage they run on the Santiago side of that road. They live about 10 minutes from the section in question, through a gate and up a dirt road. When I asked them for their opinion of the road, the said that they don't take it, and would recommend against it, to anyone who asks. They also mentioned that the locals they know, don't generally take the road if they can avoid it. As far as they where aware, there has been no change in the safety concerns.

    As a side note, They used to have armed robbers show up at the orphanage regularly to steal money and electronics, they suspected it might be the same guys, but weren't sure. Apparently the bandits stopped coming over after being shot at the last time they showed up.
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  17. bananaman

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    From a new thread, Guatemala, Lago Atitlan, Bandito

    Too many riders are getting robbed on this route. It's been a known bandito place for years. I'm adding this thread to the Ride Report Link Thread, right after the Darien stuff.
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  18. Jklotz

    Jklotz Been here awhile

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    I'm a little late to the party, but back in 06', I was robbed there. Same scenario, 2 guys, black ski mask, fatigues, black boots, riot shotguns. All they took was my money.

    My advice - avoid that road and spend the $4 for the ferry to visit the villages from Panachal
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  19. crashmaster

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    If I was a bettin man, off duty cops? :scratch
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  20. Jklotz

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    Yea, that's what I figured. If it was, I got them back though. I stopped in the police station in the next village over to report it afterwards, and the "cop" told me to come back the next day. I explained that wasn't going to be possible, so he asked how much they got. Not my name, not my passport, not if I was ok, just how much they got. I answered $600, even though they only got $60. I wish I could have been there that evening when they tried to explain what his cut was....