We left Antigua before noon and headed south-east to the border crossing with El Salvador at La Hachadura. The road was good, with exception of a small wash-out past Cuidad Vieja. We got briefly lost while trying to get around the town of Escuintla, but after asking some locals for directions, were back on track without much delay. At one point, we had to make a 4 km detour on unpaved roads, because a small bridge over a river was damaged during the recent floods.
We reached the border crossing at 1:00 pm and were immediately approached by two guys on a small motorbike, who offered their help with the paperwork. They guided us through a long line of trucks to the customs / migration offices, got all necessary signatures on multiple forms, made copies of the documents and overall were very helpful in getting us through the border in less than two hours. We paid 100 quetzales (13 USD) for their services.
Vadim at Guatemala – El Salvador Border
Edwin, a member of the local BWM riders club in San Salvador, was waiting for us at the border on his grey 2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure and escorted us along the Pacific coast. The road was very scenic and relaxing. We reached a small hotel near El Zunzal Beach, a top surfing spot in the country, by sunset and decided to spend the night there. Javier, manager of the hotel and avid off-road motorcyclist and surfer, greeted us at the entrance. We retired early, after a quick dip into the warm ocean, followed by jacuzzi, few beers and a wonderful seafood soup at the hotel.
Routes taken: CA2
Miles ridden: 174 miles (280 km)