América,  El Salvador,  Guatemala

El Salvador to Guatemala border crossing

el salvador to guatemala border crossing

El Salvador to Guatemala border crossing:

all you need to know!

El Salvador to Guatemala Border crossing it’s the easiest I’ve ever done! And I’ve been traveling alone for more than ten years so trust me!

Hey there, fellow adventurers! 🌟

So, let me spill the beans on my recent journey from Santa Ana, El Salvador, all the way to the charming streets of Antigua in Guatemala. I’m sharing this because I couldn’t find detailed info online, and trust me, it’s a breeze! I am not lying to you, from a female solo traveler to another, it was the easiest safest border crossing ever! 💬🌎

el savaldor to guatemala border crossing

First things first, crossing from El Salvador to Guatemala by land is super easy, affordable, and surprisingly hassle-free. Sure, navigating public transportation in this part of the world has its quirks, but fear not – you don’t need to splurge on a fancy shuttle! 💸🚌 Besides if you are backpacking in Central America you HAVE TO take a chicken bus at least once! C’mon, you know you want to!

How to do it: step by step

Step 1for a smooth El Salvador to Guatemala border crossing: Kick things off in Santa Ana, a bustling city with budget-friendly hostels like Castello Hostel, where I snagged a spot for just 6 USD a night. From there, hop on a public bus to Ahuachapán. Keep an eye out for Terminal de Buses Francisco Lara Pineda on Google Maps, and you’re good to go! 🚍🗺️

Step 2: After a scenic ride, you’ll arrive near the center of Ahuachapán. Just a short stroll to Parque General Francisco Menendez, and then it’s time to catch a minibus to Las Chinamas, the border. Trust me, it’s a steal at just one cora! 💰🚶‍♀️

Step 3: Boom, you’ve made it to the border! When you hop off the bus in Las Chinamas, money exchangers will be ready to assist. Pro tip: swap your cash here for the best rates! 💵💼

By 9 am, I was already walking the brigde through the border. Leaving El Salvador was a breeze, and before I knew it, I was strolling into Guatemala like the seasoned traveler I am, lol. 🛂🌉

As for navigating Guatemala, it’s smooth sailing from there. Simply stroll over to the customs office, get your passport stamped, and you’re good to go! 🚶‍♂️🛂

From the border, hop on a direct bus to Guatemala City. If you’re heading to Antigua (which, trust me, you should!), catch a ride to Guatemala City and then transfer to a bus bound for Antigua. It’s a steal at just 60 quetzales! 🚌🏰 You need to ask the bus driver to leave you at “El Trebol” (the clover), it’s the area where the buses to Antigua leave from. It’s call “trebol” because it’s an intersection of a highway and avenues that kinda make it look like a clover.

Antigua a Panajachel en bus público

And there you have it! In total, my journey cost around 14 USD – a fraction of the price of a shuttle! Plus, taking public buses adds a whole new layer of adventure to your trip. 🌟🎒

So, if you’re ready to dive into the local culture and experience Guatemala like a true adventurer, follow my lead! And if you have any questions along the way, you know where to find me. Happy travels, amigas! ✈️🌍

Angie 🌸

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