Road conditions from Nogales to Z

by Mimo&Margo, Monday, January 10, 2022, 12:00 (130 days ago)

We will driving down in two week how do things look

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Road conditions from Nogales to Z

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Monday, January 10, 2022, 12:19 (130 days ago) @ Mimo&Margo

As of yesterday, Nogales to Guadalajara was in great shape. I'll see if I can find out more.

Road conditions from Nogales to Z

by Ironwood @, Monday, January 10, 2022, 15:45 (130 days ago) @ Mimo&Margo

We will driving down in two week how do things look

Drove from Nogales to Z in mid-November, and back in mid-December, our 6th, (7th? 8th?) trip by car.

The return trip was Zihua/Uruapan/Paracho and #37 up to cuota 15D, then 15D all the way to Nogales. Our overnights on that return trip were Tequila, Mazatlan, Navojoa, Nogales, AZ.

On the southbound trip, we took 15D all the way from Nogales to Tepic, then cut over to Puerto Vallarta, and then Rte. 200 south, all the way along the Jalisco/Colima/Michoacan/Guerrero coast, to Zihua. Our overnights on the southbound trip were Nogales, AZ, San Carlos, Mazatlan, Melaque, Zihua.

Southbound, as happens every time we take that route, we got lost around Lazaro Cardenas and again at Tecoman. Northbound, we got lost on #37, between Paracho and 15D, due to confusing or non-existent road signs, but these are minor inconveniences. I've written previously about road conditions: for the most part, the toll roads are just OK, with the odd stretch actually coming close to justifying the outrageous tolls.....we spent a total of 5671 pesos on tolls, ($284 US, $355 Can).

Road conditions from Nogales to Z

by Padrino ⌂ @, San Diego/Rosarito, Monday, January 10, 2022, 21:14 (130 days ago) @ Ironwood

for the most part, the toll roads are just OK, with the odd stretch actually coming close to justifying the outrageous tolls.....we spent a total of 5671 pesos on tolls, ($284 US, $355 Can).

Ouch! Are you serious? That's expensive! I have never driven but I have been thinking about a Mexican road trip from Tijuana down to Zihua. drivebestway.com says that the tolls would be approximately $2,215+ pesos. Flying is cheaper! And safer, of course. I think I'll stick to flying.

Road conditions from Nogales to Z

by Ironwood @, Monday, January 10, 2022, 23:36 (130 days ago) @ Padrino
edited by Ironwood, Monday, January 10, 2022, 23:48

for the most part, the toll roads are just OK, with the odd stretch actually coming close to justifying the outrageous tolls.....we spent a total of 5671 pesos on tolls, ($284 US, $355 Can).


Ouch! Are you serious? That's expensive! I have never driven but I have been thinking about a Mexican road trip from Tijuana down to Zihua. drivebestway.com says that the tolls would be approximately $2,215+ pesos. Flying is cheaper! And safer, of course. I think I'll stick to flying.

2215 pesos? I'd trust my daily records. Flying is 'WAY cheaper! Gasoline prices in Mexico are the same as Canadian prices....significantly higher than in the US.....and we were driving from British Columbia, so add motel prices averaging $100 - $150 Can/night. Throw in the approx. $75 for a Temporary Import Permit, $50 (?) each for tourist cards, (included at no extra charge with your airline ticket) and the $200 - $600 (ours was $400) deposit to ensure your vehicle will eventually leave Mexico.
Oh, and the $500+ I'll be laying out tomorrow to replace my cracked windshield, thanks to a semi in front of us on I-84 in Oregon.

(I forgot to add the ballpark $450 Can I paid for a 6 month car insurance policy, required since our Canadian insurance is not valid in Mexico and I suspect your US insurance isn't either.)