San Cristo (Mex) to Pana (Guat) - part 1 It's 5:15am & I'm quietly getting dressed, trying not to wake the other girls in my dorm. I put my pack outside the room the night before in preparation. I'm clumsy enough when I've had a full nights sleep! We left Hostel Puerta Viejo at 6:30. The shuttle was half an hour late. There were about 18 of us & we drove in convoy with another van. We stopped regularly for roadworks so it was safe to say that our 9 hour journey would take at least 10. I was stoked to spot the 2 aussie boys from Southwardbound screaming down the winding road on their bikes. Guatemala is very mountainous & I try not to think about how hard their lives are about to become. After a lunch stop we hit the border 7 hours after leaving SC. I had no issues on the Mexican side & I wasn't asked to pay an exit fee. The bus then drove us closer to the border crossing where we unloaded our bags & walked over the border. It's times like these that I wish I hadn't packed so much!