Paso del Coyote


The Suchiate River is one of the hundreds of crossing points along the border that separates Mexico from Guatemala. There are a few official border crossings on that stretch; one of them, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas, consists of a bridge with immigration officers at each end who process the people who pass through. Right next to the bridge on the Mexican side, a large arch, marked Paso de Coyote (Smuggler’s Passage) welcomes migrants in Guatemala to a landing on the river where they can cross without papers. For one dollar, a person can take a raft over to the other side. The crossing takes about ten to fifteen minutes, depending on the force of the flowing water. No questions asked.

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