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Old 10-19-2013, 06:52 AM   #136
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lake

there's a sulfur lake off that road, not sure of the name, that is a dirt road in but I hear not so bad, be worth checking out
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:42 AM   #137
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It's the Laguna de Ixpaco , only a few KM off the pavement, on a very easy dirt road .
The lake is on the road that goes to Pueblo Nuevo Viñas .
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Old 10-27-2013, 02:58 PM   #138
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Alguien me podria ayudar con informacion sobre la entrada a Panama con pasaporte guatemalteco? Entiendo que no se necesita pagar el visa de turista de $5, pero si hay algunos otros requisitos... quizas seria mejor entrar con mi pasaporte Canadiense!
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:17 AM   #139
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Roads from in western highlands

I will be traveling through Guatemala beginning this weekend and wanted to check on road conditions/safety for a couple spots.

Zaculeo Ruins
I'm crossing at La Mesia then riding to Huehuetenango and to Zaculeo.

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?

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?


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Thanks for any tips. I'm really looking forward to experiencing Guatemala.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:31 PM   #140
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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.


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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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Old 10-29-2013, 03:12 PM   #141
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No issues at Zaculeu and also the road down to San Pedro is OK .
There have been a few issues between San Pedro and Santiago > just let the police know that you are headed that way and they send a patrol car there.
No need for a tip , they get paid to do the job . Back home you don't tip the police neither, don't you
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:45 PM   #142
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If I can tip a waitress for getting me a cup of coffee, I can tip a cop for keeping me relatively safe through a known robbery point.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:05 PM   #143
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Last year on the ferry in Alaska I tried to tip a waitress and she told me she was not allowed to take a tip because she was working for a government agency ...

I don't know about up north , but here in Guatemala tipping a police officer is actually illegal .
So basically by tipping a police officer you are enforcing the corruption, something that everybody is always bitching about in this forum.

And don't forget , the robberies happen only, because the police is not doing their job in the first place.


Corruption would not exist,if nobody would be paying
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:06 PM   #144
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If I can tip a waitress for getting me a cup of coffee, I can tip a cop for keeping me relatively safe through a known robbery point.
Tipping a non government official in the food service industry can not be compared to tipping a public official who is sworn to protect you! One is customary. The other is highly illegal not only in the U.S.A. but also in Guatemala!

My wife and I traveled the road in question in 2011. It was a particularly rainy day to say the least. The "road" turned to complete shit and very difficult one up little lone two up on a GSA fully loaded. A short time after my wife got off to walk two Guatemalan Policia stopped and gave her a ride to where the road actually turned back into a road. They were happy to do it and asked nothing of us. We both gave them our gratitude via a smile, wave and a verbal gracias. They turned around to help whoever came along next and we continued on our way. If people start tipping who knows if that scenario will ever repeat. Or worse case you get an officer who is offended you tipped them and you get a ride of your own to the local cop shop.

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Old 10-30-2013, 06:10 PM   #145
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I will be traveling through Guatemala beginning this weekend and wanted to check on road conditions/safety for a couple spots.

Zaculeo Ruins
I'm crossing at La Mesia then riding to Huehuetenango and to Zaculeo.

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?

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

Thanks for any tips. I'm really looking forward to experiencing Guatemala.
I'm in San Pedro La Laguna now and will be here for the next week studying Spanish. Hit me up when you're in town.

No issue riding from the PanAm to San Pedro. The road turns into crappy pavement about 1/4 the way down but no issues. It's really beautiful here. I'd avoid the road South of the lake.. I'm going to look into taking a ferry or boat across the lake to Panajachel when I'm leaving.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:48 PM   #146
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Tipping a non government official in the food service industry can not be compared to tipping a public official who is sworn to protect you! One is customary. The other is highly illegal not only in the U.S.A. but also in Guatemala!

My wife and I traveled the road in question in 2011. It was a particularly rainy day to say the least. The "road" turned to complete shit and very difficult one up little lone two up on a GSA fully loaded. A short time after my wife got off to walk two Guatemalan Policia stopped and gave her a ride to where the road actually turned back into a road. They were happy to do it and asked nothing of us. We both gave them our gratitude via a smile, wave and a verbal gracias. They turned around to help whoever came along next and we continued on our way. If people start tipping who knows if that scenario will ever repeat. Or worse case you get an officer who is offended you tipped them and you get a ride of your own to the local cop shop.

Just my two cents.
A small show of appreciation for service above the call of duty is not bribery or corruption, in my opinion. I'm not going to argue the point, as I won't change your opinion, and I really don't give a rat's ass if I do.

Hopefully advFord found my reply to his question somewhat useful, as that is all I was trying to do.
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:06 AM   #147
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I'm currently in Antigua with a couple of guys on KLRs and they are having some minor issues with oil drain plugs, brake rotors, and carburater jetting. Any suggestions for something local?

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Old 11-06-2013, 11:20 AM   #148
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If you get really stuck PM me, I still have a few contacts in Guate that can help.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:20 PM   #149
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:59 AM   #150
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