Gringos Guide To Driving Mexico, Central America & Costa Rica
  • San Cristobal de Las Casas - Cuauhtémoc (Route 1 Cont.)
    Mexico

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

    DRIVING TIME: 2.5 hoursKILOMETERS: 170MILES: 106HWY: CA 190 Leaving San Cristobal de Las Casas, follow the signs for Comitan out of the city and on to Cuauhtemoc. Cuauhtemoc is on the border of Mexico and Guatemala. Fill your tanks at any gas station you come across. When you see the iron gate across the road, you are at the Mexican and Guatemalan border. Hotels & Eats During this short drive, do not forget to stop and try out some street food San Cristobal has great hams, and the Chiapas area is known for its great tamales. The range of variety for tamales in this town is insane. You can enjoy…

  • 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…