In Guat right now! Semuc Champey is really great - and the trip there is fun. Didn't feel very safe in Guat City, but had a very positive experience at the capable service department at the BMW dealer there. Also had a midnight run in with a +50 person masked vigilante neighborhood protection gang roadblock while in a pickup truck "taxi" on the backside of Lake Atitlan that scared the pants off me - but there ended up being no problems. The roads are fun but the drivers are much more aggressive than in Mexico. Just expect cars coming at you in your lane around every corner and its fine. As for the border, crossed at La Mesilla and it was a quick 30 minute affair - immigration, aduana, bank, aduana, done. $40Q if I remember right. What else, yup, love the roads. Up at 3,000m the clouds blow by you on the CA1 and that is fun. The back road from the Atitlan to Antigua (not back up to CA1) was good fun too! Have a terriffic time!! J
I find being spontaneous requires a surprising amount of preparation!