Gringos Guide To Driving Mexico, Central America & Costa Rica
  • 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…

  • 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…