From: San Carlos/Guaymas to Alamos
Date: February 19, 2001
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van
Note: Rather than drive straight south to Los Mochis we will head inland to the colonial mining town of Alamos. It’s an easy day’s drive and Alamos is a highlight of any trip down Mexico’s west coast.
000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) – This drive begins at the cutoff to San Carlos, this point is identified as Mile 250.8 of the previous day’s driving log. We are heading south toward Guaymas.
002.6 Miles (004.3 Km) -- Cutoff to airport to the left.
003.5 Miles (005.6 Km) -- Pemex #1637 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It has decent access but no truck parking.
004.1 Miles (006.7 Km) -- Cutoff to the right for Miramar.
005.4 Miles (008.7 Km) -- Road Ys. Take the left leg. After the turn you’ll see a McDonalds and a Pizza Hut on the right. On your left you’ll see a Ley supermarket. You are entering the more congested area of Guaymas but there should be plenty of room for large rigs, trucks use this route.
005.8 Miles (009.4 Km) -- Pemex #5220 on the left with magna, and premium, no diesel. Poor access.
006.0 Miles (009.7 Km) -- Pemex #1632 on the left with magna, premium and diesel. Better access then the last Pemex.
006.4 Miles (010.3 Km) -- Road Ys. Guaymas centro to right, Cd Obregon to left. Go left. Road narrows to two lanes.
007.1 Miles (011.5 Km) -- Pemex #1634 on left with magna and premium, no diesel. Poor access.
007.4 Miles (011.9 Km) -- Centro cutoff to right and we are leaving town. Road goes back to four lanes.
008.0 Miles (012.9 Km) -- Km 122 marker. A sign says Ciudad Obregon 122 km, Empalme 7 km.
009.8 Miles (015.8 Km) -- Stations for buying butane on the left.
010.8 Miles (017.4 Km) -- Causeway starts.
011.9 Miles (019.2 Km) -- Causeway ends.
012.0 Miles (019.4 Km) -- We cross some railroad tracks, road narrows to two lanes.
012.8 Miles (020.6 Km) -- Cutoff left for Empalme Centro, topes (speed bumps).
013.0 Miles (021.0 Km) -- Km 114 marker.
013.6 Miles (021.9 Km) -- Pemex #2754 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It has good access and we stop for fuel.
016.7 Miles (026.9 Km) -- Km 108 marker.
016.9 Miles (027.3 Km) -- Merge onto four-lane Mex 15D headed south.
017.3 Miles (027.9 Km) -- Km 107 marker.
017.3 Miles (027.9 Km) -- Grazing cattle along the shoulders and there are no fences.
053.6 Miles (086.5 Km) -- Pass through the town of Vicam. Good wide road. Topes.
054.2 Miles (087.4 Km) -- Pemex 1638 on the left. It has magna, premium, and diesel and good access from northbound lanes, but none from southbound lanes.
055.3 Miles (089.2 Km) -- Pemex #4779 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It has excellent access, a restaurant, and some truck parking.
067.7 Miles (109.2 Km) -- Libre cutoff to Cd Obregon to the right just past the Km 26 marker. There’s obviously a toll section ahead. We stay on the main highway.
073.4 Miles (118.4 Km) -- Pass through the town of Cajeme. Good wide road.
076.5 Miles (123.4 Km) -- Puente (bridge) over the Río Yanki.
077.0 Miles (124.2 Km) -- Pemex #4433 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. It has excellent access, lots of truck parking, and a restaurant.
077.1 Miles (124.4 Km) -- Toll Booth. Rates: autos - 50 pesos, 2, 3, and 4 axles - 78 pesos, axles – 116 pesos.
078.5 Miles (126.6 Km) -- Enter the town of Esperanza. Road becomes a 4-lane divided boulevard.
079.0 Miles (127.4 Km) -- Pemex #1261 on the right with magna and premium, no diesel. It is small but access is OK.
081.1 Miles (130.8 Km) -- Pemex #5579 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It has good access but no truck parking.
083.3 Miles (134.4 Km) -- Entering Ciudad Obregon.
083.5 Miles (134.7 Km) -- Wal-Mart on the right with lots of parking room and a Vips restaurant.
083.7 Miles (135.0 Km) -- Trucks are directed to the left. We follow the sign as should all large RVs. You end up on a one-way street about 3 to 4 lanes wide which you follow through town. There are quite a few stoplights.
083.9 Miles (135.3 Km) -- Pemex #1251 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Small, OK access, no truck parking.
084.7 Miles (136.6 Km) -- Pemex #1250 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Poor access for big rigs.
085.3 Miles (137.6 Km) -- Ley supermarket on the right.
085.8 Miles (138.4 Km) -- Pemex #5755 on the right with magna, premium and diesel. It has fair access.
085.9 Miles (138.5 Km) -- At major intersection dogleg left onto Mex 15D out of town. The turn is poorly marked but obvious. After the turn you are on a divided boulevard. There is a Pemex on the right just after the turn.
086.0 Miles (138.7 Km) -- Very large Ley supermarket on the left with a large parking lot.
086.3 Miles (139.2 Km) -- Sign says Alamos 115 km, Navajoa 65 km. We are leaving Ciudad Obregon.
089.1 Miles (143.7 Km) -- Libre traffic from the direction of Guaymas rejoins us from the right.
090.0 Miles (145.2 Km) -- Km 216 marker.
093.5 Miles (150.8 Km) -- Pemex #3539 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It has good access.
094.1 Miles (151.8 Km) -- Cutoff to airport goes right.
101.0 Miles (162.9 Km) -- Pass through town of Fundicier. Plenty of room, topes.
101.2 Miles (163.2 Km) -- Pemex #1262 on the right with magna and premium, no diesel. Good access with a little truck parking.
101.7 Miles (164.0 Km) -- Villa Juarez cutoff to the right. This is also the cutoff for Libre traffice. Tolls ahead.
102.8 Miles (165.8 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: autos – 50 pesos, 2,3 and 4 axles – 78 pesos, 5 or 6 axles – 116 pesos.
103.0 Miles (166.1 Km) -- Km 195 marker.
120.0 Miles (193.5 Km) -- Libre traffic rejoins us from the right.
124.1 Miles (200.2 Km) -- A sign directs heavy traffic to the right. Pemex #4143 is on the right at the turn, it has magna, premium, and diesel and has good access. We are going to go east toward Alamos from central Navojoa which is just ahead so we do not take the heavy traffic route and continue on straight.
124.5 Miles (200.8 Km) -- Sign says Bienvenidos a Navojoa.
See our book Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for Navojoa area camping.
125.4 Miles (202.3 Km) -- Puente over Río Mayo.
125.8 Miles (202.9 Km) -- Pemex #2136 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. It has good access and a restaurant but no truck parking. We are on city streets with some stoplights.
127.5 Miles (205.6 Km) -- Pizza Hut on the left.
127.5 Miles (205.6 Km) -- VH supermarket on the left. The left turn to Álamos is just beyond. We turn left on Av. Abasolo. Readers wishing to continue directly to Los Mochis should continue straight. The route is on the following log beginning at Mile 032.0.
127.7 Miles (206.0 Km) -- Cross railroad tracks.
128.5 Miles (207.3 Km) -- Pemex #3534 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It has OK access.
128.8 Miles (207.7 Km) -- Road narrows to two lanes. This will continue to Alamos. It is paved but has virtually no shoulders. Relax and keep the speed down.
145.4 Miles (234.5 Km) -- Presa (dam) Mocuzaria cutoff to the left. There is an agricultural inspection stop here for traffic headed west, not for us.
155.1 Miles (250.2 Km) -- Entering village of Minas Nuevas, road does not narrow.
159.3 Miles (256.9 Km) -- Km 51 marker and entering Álamos. Do not drive into town with a big rig.
See our book Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for information about campgrounds in the Álamos area.
Copyright © 2001 Mike and Terri Church