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Mexico to Guatemala – by land and river

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

Staring down at the Rio Usumacinta swirling and eddying it’s way northeastwards into the plains of Mexico, my stomach began to mimick the thick brown water gushing its way between the land borders of Mexico and Guatemala. We’d known that to get back into Guatemala this way involved a river boat ride between the two countries, but spying the ramshackle wooden boats and staring into this torrent of dark brown gunge sweeping down in front of us made us begin to think that maybe this hadn’t been the best of ideas!
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Into Mexico from Guatemala

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

The beauty with being a flashpacker (rather than a backpacker, and only when it suits), is that you can semi-control long journeys by paying more than a couple of quid to get somewhere.

Today was going to be one of those days: we had over 250 miles to get through, and much as we love Chicken Buses, and could manage this distance on one (or several!) of them, the border formalities tipped the balance for us. Okay, we paid 12 quid each to get from Guat to Mexico, but this meant a little chaperoning at the border, which turned out to be no bad thing!
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Sunday, December 18th, 2005
After 6,000 miles and nearly 24 hours on the move, the last thing we needed was hassle at Guatemala City International Airport. Would it be sweet and short, or more like our experience at Cancun in Mexico a ... [Continue reading this entry]


Sunday, December 18th, 2005
Having exited the belly of the plane at Dallas, we were particularly looking forward to spending time transitting this airport towards Guatemala. Not! Our anticipation was based on last year's experiences of the States and their approach to ... [Continue reading this entry]


Sunday, December 18th, 2005
Okay, here we go. It's likely that to make any sense of the contradictions found in passing between borders you'll need to read all entries in this category. And of course, until they come along, we don't know ... [Continue reading this entry]


Saturday, December 17th, 2005
Not everything seems as joined up as we're led to believe when it comes to passport control matters, immigration, and of course, the delightful experience of passing through security. And that's only on the Western side of our experiences! ... [Continue reading this entry]