Road Block | Warning

Mexico

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Last Visited: almost 2 years ago
GPS: 16.815220, -92.151380
Altitude: 24.9 masl

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Moderator Note: This place is flagged for deletion as the warning is no longer valid according to more recent check-ins.

Sometimes happening, sometimes not. Check with locals in San Cristobal or Palenque before leaving, sometimes they have information.

Zapatistas charge 100 pesos toll under threats

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No road block today! We left San Christobal on a rainy, foggy and missable day around 8am and had no issues on our way to Tonina.

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No issues. We could pass without any tries of stopping (sunday at 2 p.m.) . ☺

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Have been driving through here from San Cristobal to Palenque. No Roadblock or People visible. Maybe Sunday is a good choice to take this road.

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November 15th 2019, only 4 little kids waving and smiling, we gave them a few coins, but could have absolutely pass without giving any money.

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No problem today, nothing one the road except some kid with a rope. I didn't stop.

I ask before at my hostel in San cristobal and they say at this time they are really quiet.
In summer it's block almost every day.

One other advice was to start at 8 or 9 o'clock on the morning from San cristobal. So you drive with the Mexican traffic and you avoid to be catch alone.

By the way...so many topes... argh.

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We got headlights flashed and waved over to stop and turn around about 10km west of this point on our way from San Cristobal to Palenque on a Sunday. And everyone was turning back, not just for us tourists, but also big trucks and other cars. The locals warned us that up ahead they were not letting anyone through and apparently also firing weapons, so we decided not to go near. They said it was the same yesterday as well (so all weekend). One guy said you can wait it out until they start letting cars through, but you never know how long it will take, so we came all the way back to San Cristobal and will try to talk with the local police tomorrow morning before deciding which route to take.

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No road block today on the way to Palenque. - Thursday July 4th @ 12pm

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Drove from San Cristóbal de las Casas to Mayan ruins of Tonina without any issues. Beautiful drive! And the ruins at Tonina are spectacular... a must see!

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Not at these GPS coordinates, but about 7 young guys wearing full masks (different personalities) were dancing in the street stopping traffic a bit South of here. There was a mototaxi on the side playing music. We were the only ones there.

They didn’t get out of the way. They shouted festival or carnival, then one approached the drivers side. He said ‘saca dinero’ (get out your money). The others started approaching the front of the van to block it. I didn’t see any rocks or nail boards, so I just gunned it and they jumped out of the way. I’m not condoning doing the same because if someone was hurt, you’d have bigger problems.

This was after Pemex station in San Christabal said it was safe.

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No road blocks at any point on the 199. Asked in Palenque about them before leaving and they said they are not happening anymore due to the change of power at the last election. To be continued...

Yes the road has lots of topes but it is one of the most beautiful views you’ll get in Chiapas! I greatly recommend this road and not going all around like buses do. Enjoy!

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We left San Cristobal at 5:30am. No road blocks, no kids with ropes, just topes and an amazing view. We arrived at Cascadas de Agua Azul at 10am, enjoyed until 3pm and then left to Palenque. We finally saw some kids with ropes but not a big deal. We think that driving early in the morning would be better to avoid this situations.

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We drove this road and no road blocks in any point over the 199. We checked with staff at Pemex and they said that road blocks are not happening at the moment. Lot’s of kids selling and pulling up ropes when we were passing so we would buy from them. Expect lots and lots of horrible topes on this road. Safe travels!

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No roadblocks, no problems. Slow but easy drive through beautiful jungle mountains.

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There was a family with a rope “roadblock” at this point. Just drove at it slowly until they dropped it. Nothing else on the entire San cristobel to Palenque road. All clear.

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San Cristobal to Tonina ruins, no road blocks today (Thursday late AM). Lots of villages, lots of topes and lots of stares but didn't feel unsafe

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There was no road block. Maybe just one day without but we didn't had problems on our way from San Christobal to Palenque.

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We drove this road yesterday. We had 3 roadblocks between San Cristobal and Agua Azul. At two of them the street was complete closed, with stones, cars and nailboards. Nobody was allowed to cross except persons by foot. First one waiting time 1 hour than they opened and everybody had to pay 50 pesos, second no waiting time just 50 Pesos, third one 4 hours waiting time - 100 pesos (this one was from the „local“ Rural Police, young mans with batons). We spoke to the guys and they were pretty friendly. Nobody wanted to say what the reason for the blocked is, we think the taxi chauffeurs are involved to because they made a lot of money. We never felt unsafe, just be friendly and pay the cash they wanna have, plan enough time! we had around 7 hours from san cristobal to Agua Azul. Military in San cristobal told us that everything is ok on the road.... safe travels!

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We did this road today and there were no roadblocks. A few people holding ropes, but if you just keep driving they will drop the rope.
The fact that people were killed here makes this beautiful less fun to take.
We also saw some motorcyclist overlanders and a person on a bicycle.

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Two cyclists were robbed. Tortured and killed on this road. Very dangerous road

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Word of warning - today, two bodies of cyclists (German and Polish) were found dead, supposedly fallen from a cliff because of an ongoing car, roughly (+- 500m) from this spot. I am not trying to acuse them, but I think it's good to have the information here :(
PS: the road around the Guatemalan border is beautiful, and trouble free.

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Nothing here as of today. No problems at all.

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Nothing here today although we were told there is one ahead.

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These gps coordinates were a little before our road block today. About 200-300 meters up the road a man with boys holding rope with spikes. Demanded 50 pesos. Lots of woman and children on side of the road just watching.

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Road blocked with nailboards today - asked for 200,-- pesos - we gave 100,-- and could pass - no problem.

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Aucun problème aujourd’hui, à part le mauvais état de la route à certains endroits...

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Nothing here at the moment.

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Villagers stopped traffic with board with nails on the road, charging 200 pesos for ‘their cause’. Passed a paper print full of socialist rant

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Socialist villagers holding planks with nails on the ground asking for a $200 toll

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kids put the rope but we did not stop nor paid.

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location seems wrong. we we're forced to pay $100 pesos by masked and aggressive men after we failed to stop for a man trying to put a cone in front of our van. a local police truck forced us to stop as we reached the edge of town (not sure the name). they we're not nice but we didn't really feel afraid. I think it's $50 if you pay and they even give you a receipt. this road us generally one if the worst tope nightmares we've driven in Mexico. if I did it again I'd drive around the way the buses and truck go. I'm sure it wouldn't be much slower and it avoids supporting this hooliganism.

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We travelled yesterday (arrived after dark) from agua azul to ocosingo and did not encounter a road block.

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I passed through. No road block. Did Palenque - San Cristobal 6am-11am without problems.

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zapatistas indigenas cobran peaje de 50 pesos bajo amenazas

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