Questions on Driving to Zihua

by ZihuaRx @, Wednesday, May 08, 2019, 20:41 (71 days ago)

I've always wanted to drive to Zihuatanejo, but the trips have been too short to warrant it. I have wanted to do it on my motorcycle, but it would be difficult with my two hounds, which I hope to bring. I will be coming from Saskatchewan, so I assume that going straight south and entering Mexico through Texas would be my best option. I've looked in the archives, but unless I am missing something (and I very well could be) there is nothing recent. What I did find is that most people go through Laredo. I notice there is another border town called Eagle Pass so I was wondering about that. I guess my main questions are: Am I crazy? Can I make it from Mexico border to Zihua in two days? Is extra vehicle insurance needed or permits (I will be there for about 3 months). Anything extra for the dogs beside rabies, etc.? Is it dangerous and what should I watch out for? I've been coming to Zihua for 30 years so I do get the wild west part of Mexico and quite enjoy it. I feel a little strange asking this next question as I don't want to sound like a scared Canadian. Is cruising down in a 2018 Ford Expedition okay or should I get something else? So that's about it. I could use preferred routes, how often to get gas, where to stay and anything else. If you're nice enough to reply maybe treat it like your talking to not the roundest marble in the bag and I may be able to figure it out. I think my wife will be smart enough to fly down so I will want to make as many miles in a day as possible. We hope to do some sight seeing on the way back. Sorry about the wordy message and thanks for your time.

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by Talley Ho @, Wednesday, May 08, 2019, 20:54 (71 days ago) @ ZihuaRx

After 40+ years of driving all over Mexico, then finally settling here, driving/Rving is great.

I'd like to suggest that you check out several sites, including Goodsam.com, woodalls,com, rv.net and several others. If you check their forums, there is one for RVing in Mexico and South America. They have a LOT of information that is good to share. We also answer your questions with real knowledge.

This time of year is dead, so be sure to check their archives and ask for information.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Thursday, May 09, 2019, 10:46 (71 days ago) @ Talley Ho

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by BobM @, Thursday, May 09, 2019, 10:38 (71 days ago) @ ZihuaRx
edited by BobM, Thursday, May 09, 2019, 10:45

I have been driving to Zihua for years and (knock on wood) have never had any real problem. It's a lot of fun, and you find yourself in contact with the country in a very different way than you would in a tourist resort.

I don't discount the possible danger, but I think it can be minimized using common sense -- not driving after dark, avoiding lonely roads, etc.

Good luck!

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by Casa Juan @, Thursday, May 09, 2019, 11:47 (71 days ago) @ BobM

I drove from Central Alaska to zihua in Oct'16, it was a good trip, I went into Mexico thru Nogalas. I had a large german shepherd and stayed in Motels so I usually had to negotiate a bit to get the dog in the room. I agree with the other comments about not driving after dark and starting early in the day. For me it was a 14 day trip though in hindsight I wish I had taken more time. Bottom line don't be in too much of a hurry.

Thanks!

by ZihuaRx @, Thursday, May 09, 2019, 21:36 (70 days ago) @ ZihuaRx

Thanks so much for all the info and thanks Rob for having this forum. Take care.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Friday, May 10, 2019, 08:00 (70 days ago) @ ZihuaRx

And visualize this: You are somewhere deep Mexico with two dogs and a motorcycle--and the motorcycle breaks down, it is twilight, -or worse, you have an accident?

Yeah, I am getting old and over cautious.

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by ZihuaRx @, Friday, May 10, 2019, 14:38 (69 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Me too! That's why I'm asking all these questions.

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by Talley Ho @, Friday, May 10, 2019, 15:34 (69 days ago) @ ZihuaRx

Entering in Texas will reduce your miles in Mexico. Gas is expensive here, so it helps. It is currently right about 20p per liter.
Pemex and the new gas stations you'll see on your route will all take credit cards. That helps.
Toll booths do NOT take dollars so just work on the assumption that as soon as you are in Mexico, it's pesos. If you don't have many already just map out the closest ATM. It's worth not having to pay the penalty you'd get in exchange rates if you purchase them through your bank in Canada.
Vets are everywhere and very affordable. Through the years we have had things come up and more than once just stopped at the entrance into a small town, asked where the vet was and gone. Easy.
Mechanical issues? I think we have had them all. Mechanics and tire places are everywhere. We had a few through the years that had minimal tools, but could repair almost anything. You have a modern vehicle, you'll be fine.
You will have a wonderful adventure that you wife will be jealous of!

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by ZihuaRx @, Friday, May 10, 2019, 18:30 (69 days ago) @ Talley Ho

My wife is coming down with her mom. She will be riding shotgun on the way back. I wonder if the Laredo (or Eagle Pass) route is as safe as the Nogales route. I guess I have lots of time to find out. Thanks again.

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by Talley Ho @, Friday, May 10, 2019, 18:58 (69 days ago) @ ZihuaRx

Yes, it is.

Nogales is often touted as the best because it is a very very busy crossing and they tend to be the most lax when it comes to dotting your i's and crossing your t's.

When we came in with our entire household, what we kept, in a small cargo trailer, we arrived at the Items to Declare line, had a very quick inspection, paid the duty with a credit card and were on our way in 30 minutes. Other locations potentially could have taken a day or so.

You won't have any of those issues because you will get all of your paperwork in advance and just drive across the border and head south!

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by rdcosta @, Saturday, May 11, 2019, 12:19 (68 days ago) @ ZihuaRx

My wife and I have driven to Ixtapa about 15 times. We used to cross through Laredo, but the last few times we crossed at the Columbia crossing just west of Laredo. That crossing was easier and we didn't have to drive through Laredo, which can be confusing if you have never been there. At times we would go through the border whenever we got there and if it was late in the day we would go back to Laredo and spend the night and leave the next morning. From Laredo to San Luis Potosi is a days drive, we would spend the night there and be in Ixtapa the next afternoon.
Because you are from Saskatchewan Nogalas is a much longer drive. You can email me if you need more information