UPDATE May 2019. STILL NOT OPEN
NEW BORDER CROSSING BELIZE TO GUATEMALA , JALACTE , proposed opening 2016 , JALACTE is a small community of Mayan farmers in the Toledo district of southern Belize west of San Antonio. Opening date for the new border crossing is planned for sometime in 2016 but much depends on how the Guatemalan side gets their side up and running, and if no political disputes arise. In Guatemala the road hooks into the one to POPTUN on CA 13 . This should provide a short route to GT City for commercial traffic.
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Good place to go pick up some super cheap beers or groceries if you have a Belizean ride, but no way to drive across even if you got lucky at the checkpoint - it’s just a footpath and wooden footbridge.Report Check-In
We drove this road till there was a fruit and veg inspection. The guys there told us that we had to turn around as there is no formal boarder crossing on the Guatemalan side. So the road officially ends about 40mins before this crossing at the inspection. They said no foreign vehicles past that point. we did hear that they are having disputes with Guatemala on their boarders. So this could be why nothing formal has been done. Anyways save yourself the drive. Rio Blanco and the small Uxbenka ruins is pretty much one of the last stops. There is a small village up ahead with a couple of small resturaunts as well. The drive is beautiful.Report Check-In
just a quick update. I did not visit the boarder but did find a news article from may 2017 saying that this boarder is still not official and has no immigration office yetReport Check-In
This is a guest post from Sjoerd Bakker [LINK: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=752824] for an April 2013 border inspection (not crossing).
NEW BORDER CROSSING BELIZE TO GUATEMALA , JALACTE , proposed opening 2016 ,
JALACTE is a small community of Mayan farmers in the Toledo district of southern Belize west of San Antonio.
There has been a trickle across the border for many years but technically that was illegal as there were no official customs agents . There was only a tough and rough dirt road into this section of the Maya Mountains . Some adventuresome backpackers occasionally did the crossing but it was mostly used by the Mayan farmers to move between BZ and GT .In recent years it has become a big problem for Belize that Mayan farmers from Guatemala have grown more assertive , making incursions across the poorly marked border to clear forest plots and set up maize farming and constructing some buildings.
Much of the territory in Belize is protected nature preserve and is not supposed to be farmed. Such Guatemalan incursions and setting up squatter's farms is rightly seen by Belize as a challenge to BZ autonomy and authority . This could become the seed for future border disputes similar to those of the first five decades of Belizean independence and in its earlier history as British Honduras.
To put a hoped for stop to the Guatemalan trespassing it has been decided to build a new road to JALACTE, to establish an official border crossing and so be able to demonstrate Belizean sovereignty. The road will make it easier to move Belize Defense Forces ( the army ) and Police to the region and of course have the effect of " opening up " the region to both good and bad outcomes.It is being built with financial assistance fro abroad, as evidenced in the photo.
In April 2013 we visited the Toledo District and drove most of the new highway.The new highway has already been mostly built and it will be a very nice motorcycle road with well laid out curves and smooth grades . When complete it will be completely paved in Belize . The new road is considered as the westward extension of the Southern Highway , beginning at the point called Dump just south of Big Falls where one turns east to go to Punta Gorda and west to San Antonio. In April 2013 we found it to be already with finished pavement to within 15 km of the border and from there work was in progress. The new road follows parts of the old gravel road but has diverted around the center of San Antonio . It has well laid out sweeping curves and the scenery is very pleasant in the forested hills and dales .
Opening date for the new border crossing is planned for sometime in 2016 but much depends on how the Guatemalan side gets their side up and running, and if no political disputes arise. In Guatemala the road hooks into the one to POPTUN on CA 13 . This should provide a short route to GT City for commercial traffic . And that is where future problems also lie. With a new road it will make it so much easier for people to swarm into what used to be inaccessible lands.