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Thread: California to Panama in a T100

  1. #111
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    Honduras/Guatemala border crossing.
    This was a weird one.
    Honduras and Guatemala seem to be trying to create a cooperative border system where both countries shared one building. It sounds like a good idea, but the result was that we didn't know where to go to check out of Honduras or into Guatemala since every window had both flags on it. The visas ended up being easy enough, but the customs for the car was ridiculous.

    It was just one Aduana window for Honduras and Guatemala. This was confusing, but once we figured it out it seemed like it was going to be easy... it wasn't. Here's the play by play:
    wait in line
    convince auduana agent that you are leaving Honduras, not entering. he takes your paperwork and sends you next-door for a stamp
    find the office where they keep the stamp, wait, get the car stamped out of Honduras
    go back to the aduana office, wait, show the agent your stamp and get your vehicle paperwork.
    Tell the aduana agent that you now need to enter Guatemala. he request your documents, copies of your documents and a copy of the stamp you just got.
    go find a place to make copies. they don't make copies anymore, so go find somewhere else. There is nowhere else so just start asking every business. eventually find someone to make a copy on their home computer.
    return to Aduana, wait, give the agent your documents and copies. He informs you that you must go to the bank to pay your entry fee, but he doesn't know where the bank is.
    walk around asking where the bank is. walk .25 miles into Guatemala to get to a bank. wait. find out that you can only pay in Guatemalan currency and that they have no ATM
    Go find a money changer, barter, get ripped off anyway, go pay your vehicle entry fee at the bank
    take the receipt back to aduana. wait, agent checks the VIN,
    wait, wait, ask what is taking so long. find out that they need something from the office down the street to finish your paperwork.
    walk over to the other office with the agent, finish the paperwork and get the heck out of there.

    This seams like a worse experience than most people have had at this crossing. I think that they were in the process of changing things around and they seamed to be training the aduana agents, so hopefully it will improve for others.

    Once again, we didn't claim the dog entering Guatemala and nobody cared.

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    Looks amazing, my detailer here at my shop is from Honduras, always talks about how beautiful it is. I need to catch up on yalls videos!
    03 Silverado Z71 - D60/Sterling/5.3/241C/40s/Shortened frame/tube bed http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...lid-axle-build
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  3. #113
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    How did you handle cell service through Central America?

    Does a Mexico purchased SIM card work?

    Does iOverlander app need to be connected to cell service for directions and utilizing the app?

    Thanks!

  4. #114
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    Ioverlander does not need to be connected to cell service to work. But we did experience issues with the map occasionally not loading properly when not connected to service/wifi. You can still see the pins, just not a detailed map, so if you download areas in google maps for offline use ahead of time you can still click pins in Ioverlander and choose to "show in mapping app" using google maps as a work around.

    A Mexico SIM will not work through Central America. We read many different things about this and had a mix of experiences. Our Tigo brand SIM from Guatemala worked through El Salvador and Honduras, but we couldn't figure out how to buy more credit outside of Guatemala so we had to get a new plan in Nicaragua.
    We did Claro brand in Nicaragua. The cell service was poor. We heard later that Movistar is better in this area.
    We chose not to get a cell plan in Costa Rica.
    We got stuck with Claro again in Panama. We bought extra credit before leaving Panama thinking that we would keep the plan through Central America, but It ended up not working outside of Panama so we went with out the rest of our trip.

    Are you planning your departure soon?

  5. #115
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    Watched the latest video and I know this is all well into the past, but the bed breakage had to suck. Hope the repair went well.
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    Jack
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  6. #116
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    Thanks Jack.
    It was a bummer, but (spoiler alert) we got it fixed and it's been solid ever since. The details should be in the next episode, or maybe the one after.
    Thanks for watch.

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    That's good to hear. Definitely not your everyday/usual type breakage.


    Jack
    2007 2500hd, Max/Alli, Hawk FWC (the new explorer)
    Build thread: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...07-Chevy-Build
    2006 Jeep LJ Rubicon-Sold
    1985 4Runner 22rte-Project...
    KE7NCK

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