We wanted to see how easy it is to take one of the many inner-tube rafts available for hire across the shallow Suchiate River between Tecún Umán, Guatemala, and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico. It turns out to be very easy. This video documents the whole international trip, and it's only three minutes long.
There is a bridge, with an official border crossing, about a quarter of a mile downstream from the rafts. But most people take the rafts: migrants, laborers, people with goods to sell, and no doubt people with less noble motives who'd rather avoid government entanglements.
And that's easy to do, because we saw no presence of government authorities on either riverbank. They are only at the official crossing.
I apologize for some shaky camera work here, but *I was standing on a raft*.