Route: Tampico to Ciudad Victoria via Cd Valles
Date: January 26 and 27, 2001
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van
Note: Most RVers heading north would drive directly from Tampico to Ciudad Victoria on Mex 80, Mex 247 and Mex 85 but we like to spend a night in Ciudad Valles so this route goes west to Ciudad Valles on Mex 70 and then north through Ciudad Mantes to Ciudad Victoria on Mex 85, the old Pan American Highway.
000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- The log begins at the northwestern edge of Tampico where Mex 80 meets the ring road that we'll take to get to Mex 70 which runs west to Ciudad Valles. This ring road is by far the best route for RVers to get past Tampico. See the Emerald Coast to Tampico log for information about using the ring road to drive around Tampico when traveling north along Mexico's east coast.
The intersection is marked by a fishing boat that is mounted at the intersection. It's hard to miss. Signs label this road the Libramiento Poniente Tampico. Head south from the intersection.
000.1 Miles (000.2 Km) -- Km 14 marker.
006.0 Miles (009.7 Km) -- Toll booth at the Km 6 marker. Rates: autos - 20 pesos, busses and trucks with 2, 3, or 4 axles - 32 pesos, trucks with 5 axles - 52 pesos.
009.4 Miles (015.2 Km) -- Road comes to a Y. We go right following signs for Ciudad Valles. The road is full of trucks, many parked along the road but no problem getting through.
The highway west to Ciudad Valles that we will travel is all two-lane paved highway. It is heavily traveled by trucks but flat so traffic moves along pretty well. Some sections of road are worn and repaired but much is smooth. There are very few potholes.
009.8 Miles (015.8 Km) -- Puente Moralillo II.
010.2 Miles (016.5 Km) -- Pemex #2871 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. It is large with good access for big rigs, there is quite a bit of truck parking to the west of the station.
011.1 Miles (017.9 Km) -- Pemex #5152 on the right at Km 132 with magna, premium, and diesel. Good access for big rigs and a huge truck parking lot behind the station.
013.0 Miles (021.0 Km) -- Cutoff to the left. This is signed Tuxpan Via Corta and is the route to take if you are heading south along the coast to Tuxpan or points beyond. It has a small toll and is a rough road, but it is much better than the route through town. It's actually cheaper than the route through town too, there is a big toll bridge that you must cross if you take that route. Most trucks turn here.
013.1 Miles (021.1 Km) -- Sign says 128 Km to Ciudad Valles.
028.1 Miles (045.3 Km) -- Pemex #4766 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It has good access for big rigs.
029.1 Miles (046.9 Km) -- Cutoff left to Panuco at Km 103.
041.2 Miles (066.5 Km) -- State line, leaving Veracruz and entering San Luis Potosí.
043.4 Miles (070.0 Km) -- Enter the city of Ebano. The road is wide, there are no congestion problems. Lots of trucks park along the wide dirt shoulders.
043.7 Miles (070.5 Km) -- Pemex #5283 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Good access for big rigs.
044.3 Miles (071.5 Km) -- Pemex #2354 on the left with magna and diese. Access for big rigs isn't great.
044.6 Miles (071.9 Km) -- Pemex #2551 on the left with magna, premium and diesel. Access is good for big rigs.
046.5 Miles (075.0 Km) -- Leaving Ebano.
074.4 Miles (120.0 Km) -- Cutoff to the left for El Consuelos archeological site. We continue straight. After the cutoff we are in the town of Tamuin.
The road through this town runs through city streets but there is a parking lane next to the sidewalk so people don't park in the street. There are no congestion or clearance problems.
075.3 Miles (121.5 Km) -- The town square and municipal market are to the right.
075.8 Miles (122.3 Km) -- Pemex #3277 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Good access for big rigs.
075.9 Miles (122.4 Km) -- Leaving Tamuin.
078.0 Miles (125.8 Km) -- Acres of chickens in a huge field with tiny chicken houses to the right. Is this where free-range chicken come from?
091.0 Miles (146.8 Km) -- Cutoff left for heavy vehicles (Trafico Pesado). This is the ring road which runs around the southern edge of Ciudad Valles. We continue straight.
091.3 Miles (147.3 Km) -- Pemex #3538 on the right with magna, premium and diesel. It has good access for big rigs.
093.6 Miles (151.0 Km) -- Intersection with the Mexico-Matamoros Highway. This road is Ciudad Valles main thoroughfare. We turn right.
See our book Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in Ciudad Valles.
093.8 Miles (151.3 Km) -- Pemex #5321 with magna and premium on the right at a traffic circle.
094.3 Miles (152.1 Km) -- Pemex #1274 on the left with magna and premium.
094.4 Miles (152.3 Km) -- Pemex #1271 on the right with magna and premium.
095.2 Miles (153.5 Km) -- Intersection. Left to San Luis Potosí. Straight for Ciudad Mante. We go straight.
Pemex #1270 on the left just after the intersection.
This is the northern edge of Ciudad Valles.
The road between Ciudad Valles and Ciudad Victoria is Mex 85, the old Pan American Highway. It is all two-lane paved road. It is in good condition although stretches are uneven and lumpy due to repairs, traffic is fairly light today.
126.6 Miles (204.2 Km) -- State line. Leaving San Luis Potosí and entering Tamaulipas.
136.7 Miles (220.5 Km) -- Cutoff left for San Luis Potosí. This is Mex 80. We continue straight.
Pemex #1272 on the right has magna, premium, and diesel. It has good access for big rigs.
141.8 Miles (228.7 Km) -- The road here enters a steep-sided canyon. Look up and to the left for the mouth of a large and interesting-looking cave.
144.8 Miles (233.5 Km) -- Pemex #3754 on the left with magna and diesel. It's small but has good access for big rigs and a little space for parking.
151.5 Miles (244.4 Km) -- Pemex #3770 with magna, premium, and diesel on the right. It has good access for big rigs.
152.2 Miles (245.5 Km) -- We are approaching Ciudad Mante. A cutoff to the left here is designed to allow truck traffic to bypass the central area. RV's with duals on the rear should take this route. We continue straight.
153.6 Miles (247.7 Km) -- Tampico cutoff to the right. We continue straight. Road becomes a four-lane divided boulevard.
153.9 Miles (248.2 Km) -- Pemex #1280 on the left with magna, premium and diesel.
154.7 Miles (249.5 Km) -- Soriana supermarket on the right.
155.0 Miles (250.0 Km) -- Small Pemex #1283 on the left with magna and premium.
155.2 Miles (250.3 Km) -- Town square on the left.
155.5 Miles (250.8 Km) -- Pemex #1281 with magna, premium, and diesel on the right.
Road is no longer divided.
156.5 Miles (252.4 Km) -- Y in the road, we go right.
157.1 Miles (253.4 Km) -- Sign says Ciudad Victoria 135 Km.
161.8 Miles (261.0 Km) -- Pass through the town of El Limon, population 3,391.
Lots of sugar cane growing in this area.
166.8 Miles (269.0 Km) -- Pemex #3204 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel.
190.2 Miles (306.8 Km) -- The countryside through here is hilly and lush. Very scenic.
201.8 Miles (325.5 Km) -- Pemex #1293 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Good access for large rigs.
202.8 Miles (327.1 Km) -- Long narrow bridge. Cars could probably pass each other on this bridge but certainly not a truck and a wide-body RV. Watch for traffic coming the other way before proceeding.
203.5 Miles (328.2 Km) -- Cutoff to Tampico to the right. This is where traffic coming directly from Tampico and bound for Ciudad Victoria joins us.
The road begins to climb here and is soon running along a mountainside.
207.7 Miles (335.0 Km) -- Top of the grade. The road soon starts down.
210.9 Miles (340.2 Km) -- Bottom of the hill.
216.2 Miles (348.7 Km) -- We cross the Tropic of Cancer. There is a ball-shaped monument on the right marking the spot.
233.6 Miles (376.8 Km) -- Road comes to a Y. Left takes you into central Ciudad Victoria, right is a four-lane divided highway that is the Ciudad Victoria ring road. This road is marked for both Matamoros and Monterrey, follow it to reach the north side of Ciudad Victoria. See our book Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in Ciudad Victoria.
Copyright © 2001 Mike and Terri Church