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From: Puerto Escondido to Tehuantepec via Mex 200
Date: December 29, 2000
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van

Note: This route along the coast is all on two-lane paved road. It was in excellent condition with a good surface although the road is winding (particularly in the first half) and sometimes a little narrow. It is suitable for any size rig if carefully driven.

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- This log begins at Puente Regadillo in Puerto Escondido on Mex 200. We are driving east. See Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in this area.

002.6 Miles (004.2 Km) -- Pemex #4736 on the right. It is medium-sized with great access and has magna, premium, and diesel.

003.3 Miles (005.3 Km) -- Bridge, Puente Colotepec.

016.4 Miles (026.5 Km) -- Bridge, no name.

022.0 Miles (035.5 Km) -- Bridge, no name.

033.5 Miles (054.0 Km) -- Bridge, no name but it's a big river.

035.2 Miles (056.8 Km) -- Cutoff to the right of Manzante, Zipolite, and Puerto Angel. This is the western access route to Puerto Angel. Be advised, we drove this yesterday and a detour around a bridge that is out is not passable in big RVs. Work seems to be at a standstill so there's no telling how long this situation will last.

042.7 Miles (068.9 Km) -- Intersection of Hwy 175 with our route, Hwy 200. Left is Oaxaca and right is Puerto Angel. The road to the right is the one we came down from Oaxaca two days ago. We go straight. See Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in this area.

047.2 Miles (076.1 Km) -- Bridge, Puente Aguacate. Big bridge, little river.

056.9 Miles (091.8 Km) -- Bridge, Puente Coyula.

060.1 Miles (096.9 Km) -- Pemex #3819 on the right. It is medium-sized with excellent access and carries magna, premium, and diesel. There's a restaurant.

067.3 Miles (108.5 Km) -- Welcome to Huatulco sign.

067.9 Miles (109.5 Km) -- Cutoff right to Bahias de Huatulco resort. This is the main access road, it is a six-lane divided boulevard. We go straight.

069.2 Miles (111.6 Km) -- Bridge, Chaque River.

070.5 Miles (113.7 Km) -- Cutoff to the right for Bahias de Huatulco resort.

076.0 Miles (122.6 Km) -- Cutoff to the right for another entrance to Bahias de Huatulco resort.

076.2 Miles (122.9 Km) -- Bridge, Copalita River.

083.2 Miles (134.2 Km) -- Bridge, Puente Zimatan.

086.3 Miles (139.2 Km) -- Bridge, Puente Chacalapa. Road becomes narrower and rougher but still paved, no fog lines.

098.7 Miles (159.2 Km) -- Through the village of Coyul. Road becomes straighter and faster after the village.

106.1 Miles (171.1 Km) -- Through the village of Tapanala.

108.7 Miles (175.3 Km) -- Through the village of Santa Maria Huamelula. Two topes. Cross the Puerte Santa Maria immediately after the village.

111.2 Miles (179.4 Km) -- Through the village of Santiago Astata, population 7,281. Actually, most of the town is off the road to the right.

118.4 Miles (191.0 Km) -- As the road climbs a small hill we can see coastal lagoons and the beach about a mile off to the right. There are pens for growing some kind of seafood, probably shrimp.

121.4 Miles (195.8 Km) -- Puente Zaachila.

126.1 Miles (203.4 Km) -- Puente Palmarillo.

127.8 Miles (206.1 Km) -- More seafood pens off to the right.

139.2 Miles (224.5 Km) -- Village of El Moro Mazatán. Six topes.

154.4 Miles (249.0 Km) -- Excellent view of Salina Cruz and the tankers anchored offshore. The road is on the low hills to the west of town.

155.8 Miles (251.3 Km) -- Entering outskirts of Salina Cruz.

156.4 Miles (252.3 Km) -- Road T's at an intersection with Mex 185. Turn left toward Tehuantepec. The road is now a busy four-lane boulevard.

157.2 Miles (253.5 Km) -- Pemex #0899 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Access is good for diesel but not gas.

158.1 Miles (255.0 Km)
-- Road narrows to two lanes. There is a huge Pemex refinery off to the right.

159.2 Miles (256.8 Km) -- Pemex # 4465 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It is huge and has great access with lots of truck parking. There is also a restaurant and free showers.

160.1 Miles (258.2 Km)
-- Town of La Brecha with five topes.

165.5 Miles (266.9 Km) -- At a Y. Mex 185 through Tehuantepec and on to the east coast goes right. To the left is Mex 190 to Oaxaca. We go right and are immediately in Tehuantepec.

See our book Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in the Tehuantepec area.


Copyright © 2001 Mike and Terri Church

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