catherineinlove Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
February 29th, 2020 Hotel Larios

Very nice room with AC, tv and bathroom. Very clean and modern. Parking ok for truck/camper. Gate high enough. Friendly reception. No pool :-( $30 a night

February 27th, 2020 Laguna de Alegria

Very quiet at night. Lots of stars and the night we parked here the wind blew ferociously!! $1pp and $1 for the car to stay overnight.. beautiful spot. Lots of room. Cobblestone road from Algeria to the camp spot. Small store close to where you pay the entrance. Very safe

February 27th, 2020 Laguna de Alegria

Just wanted to add that if sends you off the CA-2 over San Agustin and Berlin, it’s a beautiful road but very dusty in some stretches.. you’ll see how the people live in the mountains.. very interesting

February 26th, 2020 Hammock Plantation

Very relaxed, feel at home place with wonderful Dutch owners. $5pp a night; use of bathroom, pool, hammocks, kitchen, WiFi,.. small parking lot, so maybe contact in advance to see if they have room!. 2 minute walk to the beach al with wonderful restaurant. You can do Padi certificationand surf boards for rent. They can answer all your questions..

February 23rd, 2020 Valle Nuevo, Guatemala to Chinamas, El Salvador

Easiest border crossing so far.. right after the bridge you stop to have the ES TIP done (no sticker).. no passport stamp here (they stamp you exiting Guatemala.. give the border guy a little further down the small white paper you got at Guatemala side from the immigration and good to go. They checked our temperature for corona virus testing.. super friendly!!

February 23rd, 2020 Costom of Guatemala

From Guatemala to ES.. easiest border crossing and very quiet on Sunday morning! Stamp in passport, they give you a small white paper that you will give later to the border patrol on ES side. cancel or suspend your SAT TIP.. they give you the paper back, you’ll give that to ES TIP guy. Then drive across the bridge and do your TIP for ES! Very easy and friendly people. They check your temperature before leaving ES for corona virus

February 23rd, 2020 Luis Martinez artisania Apaneca

Small artisanal shop.. all hand Made. Coffee, woodworking, magnets, jewelry.. very friendly family!!

February 22nd, 2020 Aguazul Agua Purificado

Still open, same hours. We paid 5quetzal per garrafon as we filled 6 garrafones in our tanks.. normally 10 quetzal per garrafon. Very nice people!! Also this town is the geographical center of the Americas!!!

February 22nd, 2020 Centro de Convenciones EL GRAN PALMAR, Hotel y Restaurante

Quiet and safe spot to park. The owner Noah is just getting started with updating the place. Very clean bathroom and a shower is available if needed. There is a restaurant.. WiFi wasn’t working when we stayed here. Lots of room to park. $50 quetzal for the night when we were here.. perfect before crossing the border at 23km..

February 19th, 2020 Antigua cathedral

Old cathedral ruins.. very cool place.. 20 quetzal pp to visit and you can hire a guide english/Spanish. Worth a visit!!

February 19th, 2020 Nawal middle eastern cuisine

Very good food. Had falafel, lamb kebab with humus and taboule salad and the tastes were perfect! Very friendly staff, the manager couldn’t be nicer! If you feel like to eat something different than local fair this is a great option!! Also beautiful setting!!!

February 13th, 2020 RealWorld paragliding

If you like para gliding, the owners of this business are very friendly. Go paragliding over lake atitlan ... tandem flying!!!

February 12th, 2020 Bahia Atitlan Inn

Still the same comments for us. $75pp is a bit high, but I guess the view makes up for it?!you can use electricity and they let us shower in one of the rooms. Good food in the restaurant; we had shrimp and crepes!, Good location. Friendly guys

February 11th, 2020 Tropigas

This place will fill your bottles by the weight. The Zgas on iOverlander only does by the full 20pounds (even if you have half empty bottle). Here we paid 88 quetzal for 20 pounds.. go in, they weigh your bottle, then you get paper at gate, then pay and then they fill up.. very friendly!!

February 9th, 2020 Quetzaltenango McDonalds

It is actually behind the MAX store, next to McDonald’s. 24h guards at McDonald’s watch over you. Felt very safe. Was fairly quiet. Cold at night.. WiFi at McDonald’s of course..

February 9th, 2020 Walmart

Had a safe and quiet night behind McDonald’s, it is actually behind the MAX store, there is a grass field where you can park. 24h guards at McDonald’s keep an eye out for you.. felt very safe

February 9th, 2020 Utz Hua

Typical Guatemalan kitchen only at this restaurant! Very friendly service! Dishes between $30 and $50 quetzals.. we had a wonderful authentic chicken dish. We finished with a coffee and a cookie.. close to the parque

February 8th, 2020 Turicentro Los Cocos

We parked for the night after a delayed border crossing. Very friendly owner lady and the young man that stays overnight. $25 pp per night. Quiet and safe!
They let us dump at sewer and we used their shower and toilet in one of the rooms.

February 8th, 2020 Refugio del Quetzal

$50pp + $10 for truck/camper parking. With a guide we walked down the trail 200m and saw 3 quetzals!! Very cool. They explain about their refuge and the quetzals. Worth a visit. The guide is voluntary and accepts tips.

February 8th, 2020 Walmart

Sorry I put my review for McDonalds at walmart. We couldn’t get in at walmart due to height restriction (we have truck/camper setup.. looks way quieter at McDonald’s..

February 6th, 2020 Mision Surf Mexico

This is a very nice place, next to the beach. A lovely couple runs a children’s refuge in Tapachula and live here at this place. They are very accommodating. They have a wonderful pool, great bathrooms with showers and a outdoor communal kitchen. On weekends they give swimming lessons and English to local kids and kids from their refuge. They also have rooms. Very relaxing place. They also have surf classes

February 4th, 2020 Agua purificada

You can fill your containers here. $8 per garrafon of water

February 2nd, 2020 Restaurant With Alberca

Very friendly family. We parked for $100 and we could the pool and bathrooms with showers. Next to main road to ciudad hidalgo but slept pretty good. They serve food if you want. Good and safe place to spend the night before crossing the border.

February 2nd, 2020 Talisman, Chiapas, Mexico to El Carmen, San Marcos, Guatemala

Pretty chaotic on Guatemala side; lots of guys that want to help but just ignored them. Some of them actually tell lies but anyway. Just to say they did not let us go to Guatemala because we only have registration and not the title. Not this crew anyway.. other than that it’s all pretty border-normal. They sure wanted to have copies made and didn’t want to use the ones we had?!

February 1st, 2020 Hotel lacantum

Nice staff and clean bathrooms. Not a big parking lot but there is a gate for tall rigs. $150 for the night

February 1st, 2020 Fake toll or aduana

First looks like a donation stop and then 2 guys with cards around their neck came to us and asked where we are going. Guatemala, so they start telling you you have to conceal your TIP, so then we drove on... no major issues

February 1st, 2020 Road Block

There is a stop but they were not stopping anybody when we drove through

February 1st, 2020 Check point police

We didn’t see any set up at this location

February 1st, 2020 Fake toll or aduana

Add on to last comment.. it typed conceal, that’s autocorrect.. they asked about our TIP and I said ‘yes at the border’ and we drove on..

February 1st, 2020 Military Checkpoint

Didn’t stop anybody going East direction Guatemala.. only direction west they are stopping cars