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Guatemalan road trip - Need suggestions for the Mexico segment

rworange | Aug 10, 2009 12:39 AM

I'll be driving from the SF Bay Area to Guatelmala and would like some suggestions for the Mexico leg of the trip

We will be entering Mexico at Matamoros and taking 180 to Acayucan and cutting shortly after to 185 to Juchitan. From there we connect to 200 which will get us into Guatemala.

For those not familiar with the whole road I'll mention some towns along the way. If you have been to any of these and know of good eats I'd be really interested
- San Fernando
- Soto La Marina
- Libermiento (to avoid downtown Tampico)
- Tuxpan
- Alamo
- Panpantia
- Nautia
- Cardel
- Paso del Toro
- La Tineja
- Sayola
- Matias Romero
- La Ventosa
- Zanatepac
- Ariago
- Tapachola
- Hildago

My Guatemalan husband and inlaws have driven this route a number of times and those are the towns they stop in most often.

However, I'd like to be able to contribute some suggestions of restaurants, markets, etc along the way that they may have missed.

This trip will take place anywhere from October 2009 to April 2010. I'm adopting his children and it depends on the US and Guatamalan governments at this time as to when those papers go through. No kids on way down. Three teenagers on the way back up.

I'll be researching the route as well and adding to this post as I find possibly interesting stops. However, I appreciate all the help I can get.

Here's some maps to refresh anyone's memory

States we will be passing through: Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas.

Of course, the objective is to get there and back ASAP, so unless something is amazing I wouldn't want to get too far off the main roads. As cliche as this sounds, we like everything ... anyway, in Mexico I feel safe saying that.

We will be in travel clothes, so dress up places probably are places we wouldn't go.

Thanks for everyone's help ... I hope.

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