|04-27-2004, 02:48 PM||#1|
Joined: Apr 2004
Circumnavigation of Mexico - Looking for Route Tips
In December of this Year I plan to take 3-4 weeks, ship my bike down near the Border (San Diego) and going down Baja, crossing over on Ferry continuing down the coast to maybe Belize, cutting across to the Gulf/Carribean Coast - I wantto spend new Years in Cozumel, but other than that mmmm . . . . I dont Know, other than continue back north to U.S. So essentially I want to go down one coast and up the other. Other than This I have no idea of what I must see. . . . Towns? Small Fishing Villages, ect, I know I definately want to spend a decent amoount of time off the slab, and not necessarily be on a tourist trail.
Any ideas on routes? Places? Sights? etc?
|04-27-2004, 10:09 PM||#3|
Joined: Jan 2002
Location: out and about
Check the maps and/or a mapping program. Without Belize, you're looking at approx 7500 miles (San Diego, Baja, Pacific side, Coz, Gulf side, Chicago).
You don't ride at night, there will be days you can do 500 or so miles, there will be full days at 250-300 miles, there are great roads, there will be not-so great roads. There will be stops you want to take, places you may want to stay a day, things to see, etc. And the ferry trip...
If Coz is a must, I'd suggest scheduling around that and then exploring before and after that must-do. Unless you've been there before, allow maybe 1/3rd more time than you'd originally plan for.
Just some thoughts... You'll have a great time regardless and we demand pics!
|05-06-2004, 08:39 PM||#4|
Joined: Jan 2003
Location: Leander, TX
Hey eburrell - I did this exact trip. I don't think you can do it in 3 or 4 weeks and really appreciate it...of course that depends on the time you spend at each stop. To really do Baja good, it's gonna take you about 2 weeks...it's a lot bigger than you think and you can't do alot of miles in a day...there's just too much to see, also figure on a few days for the ferry. On the west coast of of Mexico, if you stick to the coast like I did, the topes from Mazatlan to Tepechula will kill you. LOTS of 'em so get ready for all sorts of weird pain at the end of a days ride. Plus, there's much to see on the west coast.
I definitely recommend Guatemala. It was my favorite. Head down to Antigua then go up to Rio Dulce and Tikal...the roads are great and the scenery even better...From Tikal you can head over to Belize...go to Belize City and then catch a boat to Caye Caulker. Best diving this side of Australia. Here's a link to my write up....The Big Trip
If you want more info...send me a pm...
Have a great time.
|05-17-2004, 05:16 AM||#7|
Joined: Feb 2004
I'd recommend the run from Puerto Vallarta south on Highway 200 through the following cities:
Puerto Escondido in Oxaca.
Highway 200 through Michoachan is much like Big Sur in California without all the traffic and people. You're more like to run into a burro than you are a car riding through Michoachan. I'd personally like to spent time down in Oaxaca in the Bahias De Huatulco. Can you say paradise? I'd also plan to spend some time in Chiapas. The mountains are fantastic. Here's links to two of my trips to that area and one trip to Mazatlan.
topes screwed with this post 05-17-2004 at 05:29 AM
|08-21-2004, 09:28 AM||#8|
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: California Gold Country
Well, if you are going to go down one coast and up the other, there aren't a hell of a lot of alternatives. I did this circuit twice -- back in the day -- first on a 71 Suzuki TS-250 and the next year on a Yamaha RD-350. Even in "winter" the heat along the southern Gulf coast can be stifling. On the whole, I've found cycling in the mountainous interior of Mexico much more rewarding than along the flat, rather monotonous coastline. Much better weather, too. Just MHO. What to see along the coast? Hmmm...you can tour some of the cigar factories in Santiago Tuxtla and San Andres Tuxtla, Veracruz... and Palenque is well worth the side trip. Ditto Chichen Itza. The town of Puerto Arista on the Chiapas coast used to be one of those idyllic little fishing villages that you long for, but by now there's probably a Holiday Inn there. The road down to Puerto Arista (there's only one) is (was?) pretty hairy as well as scenic. And I always liked Tepic, Nayarit, but I can't really say why. Just atmospherics, I guess. All in all, if I were going to bike Mexico again I'd stay in the central part rather than the coasts. The best attractions -- colonial cities in the north and central parts, indian cultures of the south, as well as great cycling roads in the highlands and mountains -- are all inland. Best colonial town -- Zacatecas. Best scenery -- Chiapas Sstate. Most interesting culture -- San Cristobal, Chiapas. Best roads -- Oaxaca (road from San Pedro Pochutla to the capital) and Michoacan (Mil Cumbres). Wherever you go, however, in every village and town you will find a central plaza which will invite you to sit a spell and watch Mexico go by.
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