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Old 12-29-2012, 11:20 AM   #60
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Run for the Frontera Guatemala

From Mexico City to the border town of Tapachula it is 1500 km.

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The first day was an epic ride through the mountains to Taxco via tres Marias and Cuenavaca. When we thought it could not get better the next days ride to Marquelia was amazing curves all day.

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We stopped at Suzuki to buy chain lube, but they don't sell it. They had some for shop use and did our chains for free.

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Marquelia is a bit of a grungy town, but we got a nice little hotel with air con for 250 pesos. We sure needed it since it was 34 degrees and very humid. I never thought we would be served our dinner by a transvestite chicken diva in a town like this.

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We has another hellish hot 8 hour ride to Tehuantepec via Salina Cruz. We did stop once for 30 min for lunch in Puerto Escondido. Our final day towards the border was a 6 hour ride in the 34 degree heat to Tapachula. We arrived at Migration and easily had our Mexican import permits cancelled. The next step was one last night in Mexico and to exchange our Peso for Quetzal. This is quite a happening town with a lot of action in the main square.

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We had prepared everything we needed for the border and researched all the procedures. Despite this we were 2 hours at the Mexican side and 2 1/2 on the Guatemalan side. There were tons of people crossing the border with huge amounts of stuff they had bought at the Tapachula Sam's club.

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FYI procedure for us at Hidalgo. We asked others and got a different experience from everyone.

295 Peso each to exit and receive Mexican exit passport stamp (we did not know about this as it started Dec 1 and the bank machines were all down so we could not get it in Pesos. The border official said to go across and see if can get into Guatemala without the Mexican stamp. We did)

6 Peso each to cross the river on the bridge.

18 Quetzal each for bike fumigation.

10 Quetzal each for tourist entry and passport stamp.

160 Quetzal each for the bike importation.

6 Quetzal for copies even though the sign clearly says you do not need copies.

After all this we finally left the border at 115. We had only a 177 km drive that because of traffic, construction, and road conditions took us 5 hours driving as fast as possible to arrive at Panajachel.

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