From: Tuxtla Gutiérrez to San Cristóbol de las Casas
Date: December 31, 2000
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van
Note: This winding two-lane road will soon be supplemented by a toll road. When we drove this route the parts of the toll road we could see looked practically complete.
000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- At the intersection on the eastern edge of Tuxtla Gutiérrez where the ring road meets Mex 190. We are heading east for Can Cristóbol. The road is a four-lane expressway.
000.9 Miles (001.5 Km) -- Km 6 marker.
001.3 Miles (002.1 Km) -- Pemex #0353 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. OK access for big rigs.
001.8 miles (2.9 Km) -- Road right to La Angostura dam and hydroelectric plant.
002.5 miles (4.0 Km) -- Embarcadero Sumidero to the right only from the eastbound lanes. This appears to be one of the docks for boats through the Sumidero Canyon.
002.9 miles (4.7 Km) -- Puente B Dominguez. This is the bridge across the Rio Grijalva. After the bridge the road becomes a four-lane divided boulevard and traffic slows.
003.4 miles (5.5 Km) -- Entrance to the right for the main embarcadero Chiapa de Corzo for boats through the Sumidero Canyon.
004.2 miles (6.8 Km) -- Desvacion (detour) to the right at a Y. Actually this is really the old road, the new toll road to San Cristóbol starts here and will be the left fork.
005.3 miles (8.5 Km) -- Pemex #0343 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Poor access for big rigs.
Enter Chiapa de Corzo, population 70,950. The road just goes through the edge of town, clearance for big rigs is not a problem. Road becomes two lanes.
006.8 miles (11.0 Km) -- Intersection, we go left toward San Cristóbol.
Just after the turn there is an unnumbered Pemex on the left.
010.0 miles (16.1 Km) -- Road begins to climb. From here the road is constantly climbing until Mile 38.5 of this log. Tuxtla is at 1,700 feet, San Cristóbol at 6,900 feet. The road actually descends a bit from the high point as it approaches San Cristóbol of the total climb is about 6,000 feet.
035.9 miles (57.9 Km) -- View off to the right of a village below beside a small lake.
038.5 miles (62.1 Km) -- In the clouds, we seem to have reached the top of the hill.
041.2 miles (66.5 Km) -- Enter an unmarked village, many stands selling things along the road.
044.4 miles (71.6 Km) -- Road begins descent into the valley.
047.7 miles (76.9 Km) -- Pemex #5543 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. This is the edge of San Cristóbol de las Casas, the Periférico Sur goes right from here.
See our book Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in San Cristoból.
Copyright © 2001 Mike and Terri Church