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The Guatemalan Overlanding Adventure of a Lifetime

Contributed By Toyota World Runners

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Matthew and Stacey built the worlds first Land Cruiser Chinook in 100 days. Toyota World Runners is their story about the adventure, the personal growth and choosing to LIVE life and create a legacy community of people who are seekers of the unknown. We hope to leave you with wisdom and inspiration for why we travel and how you can find fulfillment doing the same - in your own way.

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The story of a journey is often as much about the mode of transportation as it is about the destinations visited. In this adventure, a Chinook RV becomes more than just a vehicle; it transforms one into a home, a companion, and a key player in the exploration into Guatemala. This journey sheds light on how an automobile can redefine the concept of home, turning a journey into an unforgettable saga of discovery.

The adventure begins with a quest for the unfamiliar, propelled by a Chinook. As it ventures through Mexico, the Chinook proves to be more than just a vehicle; it’s a sanctuary that offers comfort, safety, and the thrill of exploration. The Chinook’s wheels roll through unknown territories to Las Brisas, a secluded oasis. This discovery underscores the vehicle’s role in enabling off-season travel, granting solitude amidst nature’s embrace.

Each day, the routine revolves around the Chinook, from mornings filled with coffee and views by the river, to explorations of the surrounding jungles. The vehicle’s presence is a constant reminder of the freedom and mobility it provides. 

Onward, the journey to Las Nubes and through the Chiapas heat dome further exemplifies the Chinook’s significance. The removal of its doors combat the stifling heat, illustrating the vehicle’s integral role in the adventure. The Chinook navigates narrow cobblestone driveways and steep inclines.

As it traverses through tropical jungles and small villages, the Chinook becomes a part of the landscape, blending into the vivid scenery. It’s not just a mode of transportation; it’s a window to the world, offering panoramic views of nature’s wonders and the vibrant life of local communities. The vehicle’s adaptability and durability shine as it carries its drivers through diverse terrains, from lush jungles to bustling villages, making each discovery possible.

The journey’s finale at the border of El Ceibo and into Guatemala marks a new chapter, with the Chinook ready to embrace another country’s roads. The transition into Guatemala highlights the vehicle’s role in bridging cultures and landscapes.

The vehicle becomes a central character in the story, facilitating experiences that range from the awe-inspiring ruins of Tikal to the serene beauty of Lake Peten Itza.

In essence, this journey is a testament to the transformative power of travel when paired with a reliable and adventurous form of transportation. The Chinook does more than transport; it inspires, challenges, and becomes a cherished part of a journey. It’s a reminder that the vehicle we choose to explore the world in can profoundly impact our experiences, turning the world into our home.