Avoid the dirt road from Santiago Atilan to San Pedro in Guatemala
I posted this over on advrider, but for those of you who don't bother over there:
I was robbed yesterday at gunpoint as three guys jumped out of the jungle wearing balaclavas demanding my camera, phone, and money.
This occured on the dirt portion from Santiago Atilan to San Pedro. The road is great (and presumably safe) on the paved portion, but the last 15KM is dirt. Before my trip, I heard bad things about this portion of road, but when I got to Panajachel I started asking around for myself. Everyone said that the road is fine (I even asked two cops) except for one guy who warned of Banditos.
Foolishly, I ignored that warning. One never knows what to expect I suppose.
Anyway, I wrote about it on my blog and ride report.
My Tx-> tierra del fuego RR is: post #85 at
Their take: Fake wallet. I gave them my fake wallet ... they took out the 80Q ($11ish) and ... gave it back! It was loaded with CCs!
They were then prodding around, probably looking for a gun, and started poking my god damned money belt.
Here is where I was pissed at myself: I had all my CCs/Texas DL/Passport/2 ATM cards in the money belt.
Oh yeah, I'm also looking for a riding partner or two to meet up with in central america