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The Border Crossing - Tourist Information. Ciudad Cuauhtemoc - Mexico

Ciudad Cuauhtémoc may be Mexico’s final town on the main highway that stretches to the tip of South America, but it’s not one of the country’s major crossings into Guatemala, being beaten in size and efficiency by Tapachula and Ciudad Hidalgo. For this reason, the crossing is a notorious entry point for illegal immigrants from Central America into the country and as such has a high military presence with the obligatory associated “fees” for entering the country. The only fee you should be paying to enter Mexico is the $20 tourist non-immigrant fee, applicable for all land crossings. Even then, most of the time you’ll get a form stapled to your tourist card which you must take to a bank to pay the fee before leaving the country. Crossing the border is straightforward, get your passport stamped on the Mexican side, walk/taxi/combi it the three kilometers across no-mans land to the Guatemalan border at La Mesilla, and get it stamped again into Guatemala. Guatemalan officials have been known to charge illegal entry fees of up to $25 from gullible tourists, which you may be able to avoid by asking for a receipt. Make sure you cross in daylight in either direction, as the immigration offices and buses tend to stop after 7 p.m.

For onward travel in Guatemala, there are hourly buses to Huehuetenango (two hours away, $1.50) or Quetzaltenango ($4, nearly four hours away but with a stop in Huehue so change here if there are no more direct buses to Quetzaltenango). On the Mexican side, there are regular combis to Comitán ($3), although the last one leaves about 7 p.m.


You can change money with the moneychangers just over the border, although the rates are terrible for pesos. There are no banks on the Mexican side but the guys loitering near the combis are happy to rip you off if you have any leftover quetzals or dollars.

Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Mexico

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23 Jun 2009

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