Guate Guate Guatemala


The road from Alaska to Argentina is quite popular among the bicycle tourists but few people do that on the other side (Argentina-Alaska). Everybody running north tells us always the same thing: Guatemala‘s mountains are a big challenge.

Since we cross the border, we knew that it is true. We say good bye to Scott with our usual jungle: “See you in Argentina”. Our friend passes in front of us in the very first miles. Because of our Mexico’s visa problem, we take a non-official road to pass the Guatemala’s border.

Guatemala border  Parque Nat. Montebello

Guatemala border Parque Nat. Montebello

 

We found a dirt track very steep and uninhabitated. We have to put our hiking boots, to push the bikes, because with our sandals it is slipping and we take advantage of that to take off Kayla from her trailer. Mary helps Karl to move the trailer. After just some feet, we are breathless, we move Mary’s bike with Karl’s help. We even have to get down the bike during the descent because the track is so sloppy and rocky. Kayla doesn’t like this road and she lets us know. After 3 hours of this terrible road, we arrive exhausted on the paved road to Gracias adios.

Between Parque Nat. Montebello and Gracias a dios

Between Parque Nat. Montebello and Gracias a dios

 

At the immigration office, the custom officer tells us that we need an exit stamp from Mexico issued today (see our previous post). The Mexico’s immigration office is at 6 miles ahead with a big climb on the way back. He tells us that we can let the bikes at his office and take a tuc tuc (mototaxi). We are so exhausted and we know that we would have a big fine to pay because of our illegality. Mary bursts into tears, discouraged. After 5 minutes, the officer comes back to us and tells us that we can have the entrance stamp but if we have problem in Honduras, we will be alone responsible. We rush to take back our passports and leave to the edge of the city. At the city centre, on the street, we found some men with a lot of money. They can change our money with a great rate (we give the peso for the Quetzal). We take just a few quetzals because a nosy group of people are around Karl and that man.

Between Parque Nat. Montebello and Gracias a dios

Between Parque Nat. Montebello and Gracias a dios

 Just before to leave the city, we see a hotel and we wonder if we could stop there for the night. But as the border cities are usually not very safe, we decide to keep on until the “finca” where we expected to sleep.

It is good to ride on a paved road despite the 12% gradients. We have to push again and again. At one crossroad, just before an ascent very rough, we ask for the way to go at the rural “finca”. The person with whom we are speaking knows very well this “finca”, so he shows us the path. We get off again from our bikes to push them despite we don’t have much energy left. It is a great frustration to be unable to climb the hill with our bikes. A pickup passes over us but stop in front of Karl. It is the man who gave us the way 2 miles behind. He offers to drive us to his uncle’s “finca”. We are so happy. Karl stays outside in the back with 2 other men and the bikes. He spends a great deal of effort to stay up while the pickup is shaking a lot. Mary and Kayla are with the driver who explains her the best things to see in Guatemala. Finally, we are at the “finca” and we install our tent at the sunset. We have dinner with the light of our headlamps and we go to sleep very fast.

Posada rural finca Chacula

Posada rural finca Chacula

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