Gringos Guide To Driving Mexico, Central America & Costa Rica
San Cristobal de Las Casas - Cuauhtémoc (Route 1 Cont.)

San Cristobal de Las Casas – Cuauhtémoc (Route 1 Cont.)

DRIVING TIME: 9.55 hours
MILES: 404
HWY: CA 190

San Cristobal de Las Casas - Cuauhtémoc (Route 1 Cont.)

Leaving San Cristobal de Las Casas, follow the signs for Comitan out of the city and on to Cuauhtémoc. Cuauhtémoc is located on the border of Mexico and Guatemala. Fill your tanks at any gas station you come across. When you see the iron gate across the road, you’ll know you are at the Mexican and Guatemalan border.

Hotels & Eats

During this short drive, do not forget to stop and try out some street food. San Cristobal has great hams, and the Chiapas area is known for its great tamales. The range of variety for tamales in this town is insane. You can enjoy it sweet or savory, while some vendors even fill their versions with edible flowers and scented herbs.

Learned Lessons

Those taking their vehicles out of Mexico and not returning to North America may not exit Mexico at Cuauhtémoc. You are required to process your vehicle paperwork at either CD Hidalgo or Talisman. However, those returning with their vehicles to North America can exit at Cuauhtémoc.

A Fork In The Road

At Puerto Escondido, you may follow the coast to the Guatemalan border or enter from the mountains near San Cristobal de Las Casas. If you are not returning with your vehicle to North America, you must travel to the border entry points at Talisman or Cd. Hidalgo, to process your Mexican vehicle paperwork.

Special Directions

If you’re at Cuauhtémoc and need to process your vehicle paperwork, head back towards Comitan, catch CA 211, and follow the signs to Huixtla. At Huixtla, go south on CA 200 and cross the border at CD Hidalgo or Talisman.

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Puerto Escondido – Tapachula (Route 2)

Puerto Escondido – Tapachula (Route 2)