From Palenque you have several choices, the closest paved road land crossing is via El Ceibo, southeast of Tenosique. But there is a problem her e because the GT side does not( yet) have full customs facility to import temporarily your bike. They do give out the personal permit and say that is all you need . Not. However you can do this route with minor effort , and all paved to Coban via Sayaxche, if you make it a point to exit GT at Florido Copan into Honduras. I did a post on this back in April, see full details there. The folks at that exit are always very accomodating to tourists, just explain why you could not get the temp import. ( Or you could go to th e bother of finding an SAT office in GT to do the papers,)
Other choice from Palenque is take Mex 307 south along the Rio Usumacinta and do the struggle crossing by launch to Guatemala from Frontera Corozal or Benemerito de las Americas ( too much hassel for my tastes and limited aduana etc facilities)
Third option is to cross over clandestinely into GT from Mex 307 at the gravel access road to Playa Grande GT (no aduana for anything,Mex and GT)
Best bet tere after is to go all the way to Cd Cuauhtemoc / La Mesilla crossing on the Pan am highway Mex 190, full service crossing.Trav el south and east on this excellent highway to Huehuetenango and from there go east on RN7W to San Cristobal Verapaz and join CA 14 for the last 30km to Coban.
Last edited by Sjoerd Bakker; 6 Aug 2009 at 23:13.