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Old 10-29-2013, 12:31 PM   #140
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Originally Posted by advFord View Post

Queztaltenango to San Pedro La Laguna
Once I get off the Pan Am Hwy, is the road to Santa Clara then to San Pedro safe? Any robberies on that stretch?

In 2012, I spent a month in San Pedro and rode this stretch at least 4 times without any trouble at all. I read within the last month, on Lonely Planet, that there was an armed robbery with shots fired of a tourist shuttle between Santa Clara and San Pablo, in the switchback area going down the hill. No one hurt, but everyone on the van got robbed. I think the odds are heavily in your favor, but anything can happen.

Originally Posted by advFord View Post

I read many reports that the road around the south of the lake is high risk for robbery, but is it the highlighted road seen in the map below or a smaller local road?
This is the road. I personally know two people that got robbed on this stretch, one on a motorcycle. The police in San Pedro are aware of this, and will escort you past the trouble spot if you ask. Please tip them if you use this. Of course, many people have gone through alone without incident also. I have not gone the other way, from Santiago, so I don't know if the police there do the same thing.
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