The last 75 kilometers of the Suchiate River mark the western border between Mexico and Guatemala. There are two bridges that cross the river in which legal border posts have been established between both countries, which have become crucial places of passage for a growing number of Latin American migrants in search of a better future in the United States.
Parallel to the legal step, there is a transit between Guatemala and Mexico that is quite permeable by the river, either for smuggling or illegal migration. Numerous rafters make multiple daily trips from one side of the River Suchiate to another, avoiding the customs and migratory authorities.
This story is about everyday life at the border crossing of the river. The rafters earn their living by transporting people and goods between both banks of the river, in rafts constructed with simple wooden boards tied to pneumatic tractor chambers and maneuvered by a long wooden stick. In the area, there are several groups besides the rafters: those who are dedicated to loading and unloading the rafts, those who control and manage the trips, the people who capture passengers, vendors, even preachers.