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Route: Veracruz to the Emerald Coast
Date: January 24, 2001
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van

Note: This log actually starts south of Veracruz and follows the best bypass route around the city

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- The log begins about 9 miles south of Veracruz at the intersection of Mex 180 from Alvaredo, Mex 150 from Cordoba, and Mex 140 from Xalapa. We head north following the signs for Xalapa.

001.2 Miles (001.9 Km) -- Km 4 marker.

002.9 Miles (004.7 Km) -- Pemex #5562 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It has good access and no truck parking.

005.8 Miles (009.4 Km) -- Our road passes over the toll road Mex 150D from Mexico City. This is also the road that you would take to get to toll Mex 145D running east to Coatzacoalcos, Villahermosa, and the Yucatan. There are on-ramps to the toll highway from our road going both east and west.

013.0 Miles (021.0 Km) -- Level crossing of railroad tracks.

014.9 Miles (024.0 Km) -- Intersection. This is where Mex 140 from Xalapa to Veracruz crosses our Veracruz bypass highway. Left will take you to Xalapa, right in to Veracruz. Off to the left, on the road to Xalapa, we can see Pemex #2822, a good way to identify this intersection if you happen to be coming from Xalapa.

015.5 Miles (025.0 Km) -- Km 1 marker.

016.0 Miles (025.8 Km) -- Level crossing of railroad tracks.

018.7 Miles (030.2 Km) -- Toll booth. No toll is being collected. We have reached a the toll road that enters Veracruz from the north. A right would take us to Veracruz, we enter the toll road heading north by following signs for Poza Rica. It is a four-lane expressway, almost new.

019.8 Miles (031.9 Km) -- Km 232 marker.

025.3 Miles (040.8 Km) -- Puente La Antigua, a bridge over the river used by Cortez when he landed here on his way to conquering the Aztecs.

025.8 Miles (041.6 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: autos - 27 pesos, extra axles pulled by cars - 11 pesos, trucks or busses with 2,3, or 4 axles - 44 pesos, trucks with 5 axles - 103 pesos.

030.7 Miles (049.5 Km) -- End of the toll road. Road soon becomes two lanes.

031.2 Miles (050.3 Km) -- Pemex #5429 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. A little truck parking.

032.5 Miles (052.4 Km) -- Road to Xalapa goes left.

    After this the road becomes pretty narrow with little shoulder. There are may slow-moving heavily-loaded sugar cane trucks. Sugar cane is soon growing on both sides of the road.

036.1 Miles (058.2 Km) -- Zempoala archeological site to the left.

    Pemex #3631 with magna, diesel, and premium is at the intersection.

039.5 Miles (063.7 Km) -- Pemex #4541 on the left. It has magna, premium, and diesel and a restaurant but no truck parking.

049.7 Miles (080.2 Km) -- Entering a very scenic area with lagoons just inland from the beaches and a dome-shaped hill just inland from the road.

055.4 Miles (089.4 Km) -- Pass through the town of El Viejón.

058.3 Miles (094.0 Km) -- Nucleoeléctrica Laguna Verde to the right, Mexico's only nuclear power plant.

062.5 Miles (100.8 Km) -- Pass through the town of Palma Sola.

063.0 Miles (101.6 Km) -- Pemex #3104 on the right with magna, diesel, and premium. It has good access and a little truck parking.

072.9 Miles (117.6 Km) -- Pass through the town of Santa Ana.

078.0 Miles (125.8 Km) -- Pass just east of the main part of the town of Rancho Nuevo.

082.4 Miles (132.9 Km) -- Pass through the town of Emilio Carranza.

082.6 Miles (133.2 Km) -- Pemex #1014 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It has good access, no truck parking, bathrooms and showers free to truckers who buy gas.

086.6 Miles (139.7 Km) -- Huge banana plantations of the left and right.

087.5 Miles (141.1 Km) -- Pass through the town of Vega de Alatorre. Most of the town is to the left of the highway.

091.3 Miles (147.3 Km) -- Pass through the town of El Diamante.

    The road in this area is newly paved and in excellent shape.

102.3 Miles (165.0 Km) -- Pemex #2899 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. It has great access and tons of truck parking.

103.2 Miles (166.5 Km) -- Km 98 marker, entering Nautla.

104.6 Miles (168.7 Km) -- Puente Nautla. This is a toll bridge. Rates: auto - 16 pesos, bus with 2,3, or 4 axles or a truck with 2 or 3 axles - 29, truck with 4 or 5 axles - 59 pesos.

106.4 Miles (171.6 Km) -- Y in the road. Left is Mex 129 to Mexico City and Teziutlán, right is Mex 180 to Poza Rica. We go right.

107.5 Miles (173.4 Km)
-- Puente Casitas.

111.6 miles (180 Km) -- Entering Monte Gordo. This is the heart of the Emerald Coast.

See our book Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping for information about campgrounds in this area.


Copyright © 2001 Mike and Terri Church

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