Gringos Guide To Driving Mexico, Central America & Costa Rica
  • 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. This is your true 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; you want to follow the one or two signs that indicate Guatemala. This 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 Casas,…