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Border crossing from Guatemala to Mexico at La Mesilla

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We drove from Panajachel to La Mesilla which is the Guatemalan border crossing and the next Mexican town is Ciudad Cuauhtémoc in Chiapas. The distance was about 220 kms but the time estimate of almost 6 hours did not promise a smooth highway.

Although we started on the Pan American Highway with good two lane road the easy drive ended after about 60 kms. The remaining distance was either serpentine, or completely missing and progress was slow. We were also stopped two times by local police officers in Guatemala, but after a short discussion they wished safe travels and let us continue.

The crossing was more or less a busy marketplace and the Guatemalan exit was very smooth. There was no car in front of us and the officer quickly helped to get the exit stamps and to cancel the temporary import permit of the car. Then we crossed into Mexico and the border office was 4 kms further on the road. There was noone at the office here either so we quickly arranged the FMMs (which is the entry permit for all tourists into Mexico). My son was translating to Spanish and the officer did not offered the maximal 180 days, we agreed in 115 days until the end of April. Then we paid the entry tax in another building, returned for the stamps, then back again to get the Temporary Import Permit for the car.

It was a bit slow but went smooth overall so in almost 2 hours we completed all steps to return to Mexico again!


Posted by divatmotoros 00:52 Archived in Guatemala

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