Two road testers for the American Automobile Association set out last February to drive a 1958 Pontiac to Panama from Mexico City on the Pan American Highway. Last week, the journey completed, the A.A.A. bluntly told its members that the drive "is not recommended:" In addition to bone-jarring road hazards, Testers Art Auerbach and George E. Burns found that "accommodations are inadequate, customs are very annoying, and the points of interest do not justify the effort."

Just south of the Mexican town of Tonala, the A.A.A. team came upon "eleven streams to...

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