Gringos Guide To Driving Mexico, Central America & Costa Rica
  • Puerto Escondido - Tapachula (Route 2)
    Mexico

    Puerto Escondido – Tapachula (Route 2)

    DRIVING TIME: 10 hoursKILOMETERS: 700MILES: 434HWY: CA 200 It’s 10 hours from PE to Tapachula, and it’s a long hall. I recommend splitting this day and stopping in Salina Cruz, or one of the smaller villages, about halfway into the trip. Once you get to Tapachula, the border crossing is about 25 minutes away, from Puerto Escondido toward Tehuantepec on CA 200. You want to head for Salina Cruz and then for Juchitan and Arriaga. Stay on CA 200 and head for Tapachula and the border. You can enter the border at Talisman or Cuidad Hidalgo. The drive along Highway 200 to Tapachula is picturesque—it’s a beautiful scenic country, and…

  • San Cristobal de Las Casas – Cuauhtémoc (Route 1 Cont.)
    Mexico

    Puerto Escondido – San Cristobal de Las Casas (Route 1)

    DRIVING TIME: 8 hoursKILOMETERS: 647MILES: 402HWY: CA 200 & CA 195 You have two options at this juncture—go into the mountains and spend some time in San Cristobal de Las Casas or drive south along the coast through Salina Cruz. For the coastal route, jump to the section Puerto Escondido to Tapachula. After leaving Puerto Escondido, the roads are bad. In fact, from Puerto Escondido to San Cristobal de Las Casas, they are awful. It is a confusing drive, so follow these directions and your maps carefully. You want to head for Salina Cruz and then for La Ventosa. At Salina Cruz, the road changes to CA 185 for a…

  • Acapulco - Pinotepa Nacional - Puerto Escondido
    Mexico

    Acapulco – Pinotepa Nacional – Puerto Escondido

    DRIVING TIME: 8 hoursKILOMETERS: 389MILES: 242HWY: CA 200 Okay, you’re on your way to Pinotepa Nacional. When you first leave Acapulco, the sensation is one of confusion as to whether you have chosen the correct road because there are no signs, and you will pass through several small towns. Yet if you turned off the main highway and followed the Pinotepa N. sign, you have nothing to fear except for the fact that the roads are wicked for several hours after Acapulco, but after Pinotepa, they improve greatly. This is a straightforward drive, about 8 hours with lots of potholes.  Hotel & Eats In Pinotepa Nacional, there is the Motel…