Gringos Guide To Driving Mexico, Central America & Costa Rica
  • Guatemala City - Honduras Border
    Guatemala

    Guatemala City – Honduras Border

    DRIVING TIME: 4 hoursKILOMETERS: 265MILES: 164HWY: CA 9, CA 19, CA 18, CA 10, CA 11BORDER OPEN: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Guatemala City – Esquipulas (Honduras Border) Upon leaving Guatemala City, locate CA 9. It’s unimaginably easy to get lost around Guatemala City. After entering Guatemala City, turn right at Puente Periferico and continue to Avenida Marti. Once on CA 9, head for Jalapa on CA 19. Then on to Esquipulas on CA 18. If you need to pull over and ask, use the next large city as a reference. If you’re too late for the border at Agua Caliente, Esquipulas is an excellent place to rest for the…

  • Guatemala-Honduras
    Guatemala

    Guatemala – Honduras

    Those going on to Honduras have two options. You may cross the border at Agua Caliente or El Florido. Leaving Guatemala City, locate CA 9. Upon entering Guatemala City, turn right on Puente Periferico and continue to Avenida Marti. Once you exit the city, head for Esquipulas. It is entirely possible to drive from the Guatemalan-Mexican border to the Honduran border at Esquipulas in one day. However, you do need to get an early start and keep driving without delay. Next Section of Drive Guatemala City – Honduras Border

  • Guatemala - El Salvador
    Guatemala

    Guatemala – El Salvador

    For travelers going on to El Salvador, there are several entry points; Las Chinamas, La Hachadura, San Cristobal, or Anguiatu. Ruta Pacifica, CA 2, will take travelers to the southernmost entry point at La Hachadura. The Pan-American Hwy (CA 1) branches just past Cuilapa into CA 1 and CA 8. CA 8 leads to the border crossing at Las Chinamas, and CA 1 takes travelers to San Cristobal. There is also an entry point in the north at Anguiatu near the Honduran border. Once you enter El Salvador, it’s a straight drive on CA 1 to Honduras, making it easy to drive through El Salvador in one day. Next Section…

  • Antigua - Guatemala City
    Guatemala

    Antigua – Guatemala City

    DRIVING TIME: 1 hourKILOMETERS: 52MILES: 33HWY: CA 1 The drive from Antigua to Guatemala City is effortless—it’s Guatemala City that will give you a headache. It is your actual test of patience. The only thing that will get you through Guatemala City is diligence and a cold beer waiting for you at the end of the drive. Like all Guatemalan towns, the city was constructed using a strict grid system: avenidas run north-south; calles run east-west. Unless you have a specific business in Guatemala City, drive directly through it. Actually, you will drive around, backward, circular, and then through. Guatemala City is the junction point for several routes leading to…

  • Guatemala Border to Antigua or Guatemala City
    Guatemala

    Guatemala Border to Antigua or Guatemala City

    DRIVING TIME: 5-6 hoursKILOMETERS: 288MILES: 179HWY: CA 1 After surviving the monotonous entry procedures for Guatemala, the drive through the beautiful mountains and lowlands is refreshing. Keep your eyes out for any signs, and you want to follow the one or two signs that indicate Guatemala. It is for Guatemala City. After several hours of driving, you will see a sign for Antigua. Turn right here, and prepare yourself for a horrible road. If you decide to skip Antigua, which would be a shame, you may continue straight along the same road toward Guatemala City, which is about one hour further. Antigua is exquisite. Similar to San Cristobal de Las…