In Guatemala most places of interest can be easily reached by car. Despite the progress of the last years, many roads are still unpaved or even dirt roads. This is why a 4x4 is recommendable for many routes, especially during the rainy season from April to October. Before starting your trip you should inform yourself about your route: Both, a good road map and the knowledge about road conditions, estimated travel times and distances are needful for a trip without any nasty surprises. For the latter have a look at the websites of cochera andina or De Guate. Beside the Panamericana there are two more important road axis: the Carretera del Pacifico from Guatemala City southward and the Carretera del Atlantico, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast. Moreover there are two main routes which connect the central regions to the Petén.To be allowed to drive in Guatemala you only have to take your valid driver’s license with you. In order to avoid discussions with the police an additional international document is a good option. The traffic rules are similar to the European or U.S. regulations. Even if the driving style of the locals seems sometimes crazy you will adapt very quickly to the differences - Guatemalans control all traffic situations very well and there are few accidents.