Experts in travel to remote corners of the world
Guatemalan Border Guards
Excerpt from book, “Drifting On A Headwind” by Jim Harlan, as he approached the El Salvador border from Guatemala:
When morning arrived, I pulled up to find that the Guatemalan border guards had little sense of humor. They immediately asked why my passport did not show entry into their country.
“I have driven from Belize,” I explained. They just laughed.
They hauled me into the back room and started to tear the Rambler apart assuming that, with such an inconceivable story, I must be running something. In the back room they told me that no one had ever driven from Belize before, and they pressed me for the ‘real story.’ I asked them why there was no border station between Belize and Guatemala. They simply stared back at me. Right then I began to understand that these guys had no idea where Belize actually was. I suspected they were in a position of authority due to family ties in a corrupt country. I started to posture myself differently.