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From: Mexico City to Puebla via Mex 150D
Date: December 17, 2000
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van

Note: This is the easy but expensive route to Puebla via a four-lane divided toll road. For information about driving around Mexico City on the north-east ring road as well as a driving log see Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping.

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- This drive begins at the point where Mex 136, part of Mexico City's northeast ring road, meets Mex 150D to the east of Mexico City. The on-ramp merges with eastbound traffic from the left. You will find yourself on a limited-access divided highway.

008.1 Miles (013.1 Km) -- Pemex #3931 on the right. It is large with good access and has magna, premium, and diesel.

010.5 Miles (016.9 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: autos - 45 pesos, 2, 3 axles - 85 pesos, 4 or 5 axles - 170 pesos.

012.5 Miles (020.2 Km) -- Highway begins the long and fairly steep climb out of the Valley of Mexico. Usually there are three lanes uphill and two coming down from the other direction.

018.0 Miles (029.0 Km) -- Mirador (view point) on the right.

024.2 Miles (039.0 Km) -- Top of the hill. This is Llano Grande. The highway has wide shoulders which have many vendor stands selling refreshments.

031.7 Miles (051.1 Km) -- Another wide spot with truck parking and vendor stands. This is known as Rio Frio.

032.7 Miles (052.7 Km) -- The state line. We leave the state of Mexico and enter Puebla.

039.1 Miles (063.1 Km) -- Pemexes on both sides of the highway. The one on our side is #4086, it is large with good access and sells magna, premium, and diesel.

041.6 Miles (067.1 Km) -- Excellent view of the 17,887-foot volcano Popocatépetl on the right. It has a column of steam venting from the top as we drive by, an excellent photo opportunity. We don't know it now but in two days it will erupt in earnest and thousands of people will be evacuated from the region near the mountain.

046.1 Miles (074.4 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: autos - 45 pesos, 2,3 axles - 85 pesos, 4,5 axles - 170 pesos. This is also the exit for Texmelucan and the cuota (toll) route to Tlaxcala. Also for a 2-lane highway to Cholula via Huejotzingo.

046.6 Miles (075.2 Km) -- Tlaxcala exit via Mex 190.

051.0 Miles (082.3 Km) -- Xalmimilulco exit to the right.

052.4 Miles (084.5 Km) -- Airport exit to the right.

056.5 Miles (091.1 Km) -- Xoxtla exit to the right. Also signed for the Cacaxtla and Xochitécatl archeological sites.

060.0 Miles (096.8 Km) -- Puebla Periférico Ecological (ring road) exit to the right. See Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping for information about campsites in the Puebla and Tlaxcala area.

Copyright © 2001 Mike and Terri Church