Travel from Los Angeles to Guetemala
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 4, 2012 2:15 PM Last Post By: gitanamaya
Nov 3, 2012 1:29 PM
Travel from Los Angeles to GuetemalaCan anyone advise on the overland route from LA to Guatemala. I believe this is via Mexico. Also suggested stop overs en route and cheap accommodation. I am an oldie but quite intrepid - used to going off the beaten track. Any ideas/ suggestions would be welcome.
Student Daughter suggested couch surfing. for LA. I can offer room/s in exchange in LA or Mexico. I live on the very scenic west coast of Scotland.
Nov 3, 2012 2:07 PM
1The first part of your query was easy to understand; the second part a bit confusing.
To answer your question one would have to ask several questions in return. How much time do you have? How much momey are you willing to spend?
The entire journey, from L.A. to Guatemala City will take approximately 60 hours, traveling in an ordinary motor car at a prudent speed. (You can do this nonstop, in 6 10 hour days or in 10 6 hour days for example.)
If economy is paramount you´ll want to follow U.S. highways as close to the U.S. Mexican border as possible. Mexican highways are not as good as in the US and they charge tolls which add up to a considerable amount before you get to the opposite end of Mexico. Once you arrive in Brownsville/Matamoros on the Gulf coast, you would then enter Mexico and follow the route along the Gulf of Mexico and then cross the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to finally enter Guatemala in North America´s southernmost City - Tapachula, in the Mexican State of Chiapas.
A more interesting - and slightly more expensive route would be to either follow the Pacific Coast to Guadalajara or go down the center of the country from El Paso, Texas, following the route of the old Panamerican road race through Mexico City and beyond. Either of these routes although a little more expensive are both quite interesting.
Nov 3, 2012 2:41 PM
2"I believe this is via Mexico".....er, yeah, come on now throw us a bone and at least glance at a map!!
Nov 3, 2012 2:59 PM
Nov 3, 2012 5:25 PM
Nov 3, 2012 5:43 PM
Nov 4, 2012 8:38 AM
6Yes, one must traverse mexico, if going overland.
Not if you start in Los Ángeles (Chile).
Nov 4, 2012 2:15 PM
7Take a look at a map, man. That would be prettty enlightening. Get yourself to any of the border states and you can get a bus to take you way down in Mexico. Then a bus on to Guate. Man, that is a long long trip. What it would cost you in transport, food, motels, not to mention an eternity on a bus, you could fly. What you used to do you may not want to do anymore.
(0 star Hotel)
From US$11.59 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$92.59 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$82.49 per night