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1. Posted by PanamaMLE (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

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My friend & I plan to visit in August and are interested in renting a car in San Salvador and touring both El Salvador and Guatemala. In your experience, is crossing the border with a rental car a big problem? I am hoping to get over to Lake Atitlan for a visit, so would that be the border crossing at San Cristobal? There are also La Hachadura and Las Chinamas crossings.... I'm just getting situated to ask questions, so anything that is obvious, isn't to me--yet. I appreciate any information you can give me. Thanks!

2. Posted by campeador (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

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I think there is not problem to cross the border with a rental xcar, but i am going to find out, I will tell you at next mail, usually the people use the Las chinamas to go to guatemala because is the short way to guatemala city the capital.
I will make some question so Ill write you soon

Kike melchor

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4. Posted by rpbroz (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

Hi I would reccomend that you check with the company where you rent the car, each comany has its restrictions. About crossing the border at San Cristobal or hachadura I have done them both. I enjoy the costal route crossing at hachadura then driving along the volcanos into the Atilan area(I was told that this is not the safest) but it is a very beautiful drive. The drive from El Salvador on the Pan American highway crossing at the San Cristobal is the most popular and leave the option open for a trip to Guatemala City or Antigua.
If you need more information about El Salvador please feel free to post or write directly. I live in Suchitoto an nice colonial town in the center part of El Salvador if you do a search for Suchitoto or my name Robert Broz you can find out more about the area and my work. Either way have a great trip.
Robert Broz Moran

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]