I haven't driven from Guatemala to Texas (yet) but I can tell you the route I took down from Texas. Check out this post if you haven't already:
blogspot.com/2009/07/driving- from-texas-to-guatemala- almost.html
That post outlines in detail my route.
Based on the paperwork I've had to do to import my car to Guatemala, I would plan on spending a couple of weeks down here, maybe 3 to get the paperwork done. Could be shorter than that, but it's hard to tell sometimes. Let me know when/if you do that and I can get you the name of a tramitador who will do all the paperwork for you.
Check the car out well...I can give you the name of a mechanic if you decide to go for it...American who has lived down here for ages. Great guy. He won't charge you a whole lot to look at it...maybe nothing, if he thinks you'll give him future business. Of course, I can't guarantee that :)
You do not have to have insurance in Guatemala, but you can get it if it makes you feel better.
Driving through Mexico, I would contact Transmigrantes Mireya near McAllen, TX. They have partners on the southern Mexican border and can help you with the process of driving through Mexico legally. Of course, you can enter as a tourist, but you can't carry much in your car. The number for Transmigrantes Mireya is
1479 S Rangerville Rd
Harlingen, TX 78552
That should be enough to get you started. I can get you hooked up with some maps, etc, if/when you decide to make the trip. Just let me know and I'll be glad to help.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
More information about driving from Guatemala to Texas
Someone emailed me through the blog about buying a car in Guatemala and driving it back to the States. Never one to waste effort, I thought I'd post my response here in case it could be useful. Of course, if someone needs more specifics, I'll be glad to help.