Gringos Guide To Driving Mexico, Central America & Costa Rica
  • Obregon - Mazatlan
    Mexico

    Obregon – Mazatlan

    DRIVING TIME: 8 hoursKILOMETERS: 668MILES: 415HWY: 15 I had some bad vibes on this road. I stopped at what appeared to be a federal inspection station (some of the upper states have inspection roadblocks when entering or leaving the state—I didn’t run across any in the lower states after Puerto Vallarta). Two men looking somewhat official came to my passenger-side door and opened it. After some introductions, one of the two men opened the glove compartment and started rummaging around. By this time, I realized that this so-called official was not so official; thus, I ended the conversation. However, this individual had already taken my flashlight and thanked me for…

  • Guaymas - Obregon
    Mexico

    Guaymas – Obregon

    DRIVING TIME: 1.40 hoursKILOMETERS: 125MILES: 78HWY: 15 This stretch of highway extends into the mountains utilizing a road in good condition. The driving is straightforward without too much confusion. Once you leave, Guaymas follow the signs for Obregon and Navojoa. While I was driving along this section, I was exhausted, and I pulled off to the side of the road, in the middle of a mud pit, for some shuteye. I slept for about three hours, after which I was awoken by the federal highway police. They said something indecipherable over the intercom and sounded their siren until I popped my head out of the window of my truck. I…