Route: Melaque to Villa Corona
Date: December 9, 2006
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: Pickup with Camper (22.5 Ft Total Length)
Accompanied by 38 Ft. Class A Coach with Tow Car

Note: This log runs from Melaque inland toward Guadalahara and ends at Villa Corona, a small town south of Guadalajara. It follows Mex 80 which is a two-lane paved highway. This route is often used by RVers traveling between the coast and the Guadalajara area although it's a tough drive and requires extreme caution because of winding mountainous roads with frequent truck traffic.

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- At the intersection on Mex 200 just north of Melague-San Patricio where Mex 200 goes left to Puerto Vallarta – we head inland on Mex 80 toward Guadalajara.

 

000.1 Miles (000.2 Km) -- Pemex #2557 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel.

 

007.2 Miles (011.6 Km) -- Km 246 marker.

 

007.5 Miles (012.1 Km) -- The road starts to climb and becomes winding. This is a narrow road for big rigs, and you’ll occasionally meet a large Mexican truck coming from the other direction. Extreme caution is important along this entire mountainous route.

 

015.5 Miles (025.0 Km) -- Enter village of El Rincón – many topes.

 

015.8 Miles (025.5 Km) -- Out of El Rincón.

 

020.5 Miles (033.1 Km) -- At about 1700 feet altitude and starting down.

 

023.8 Miles (038.4 Km) -- Enter city of La Huerta at 900 feet. This town specializes in leather goods.

 

023.9 Miles (038.5 Km) -- Km 218 marker.

 

024.1 Miles (038.9 Km) -- Pemex #1503 on the right. It’s a small station with tight access.

 

025.2 Miles (040.6 Km) -- Pemex (no number yet) with magna, premium and diesel on the right under construction. Good size and appears will have good access. Out of town after the Pemex.

 

038.5 Miles (062.1 Km) -- Pemex #1574 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Good access but no parking.

 

041.0 Miles (066.1 Km) -- Enter town of El Zapotillo which is a suburb of much larger Casimiro Castillo, off to the right.

 

041.5 Miles (066.9 Km) -- Out of El Zaptillo, at 1,125 ft and starting to climb.

 

041.6 Miles (067.1 Km) -- Km 188 marker.

 

046.6 Miles (075.2 Km) -- Sign says Camino Sinuoso (winding road) next 18 Km.

 

047.0 Miles (075.8 Km) -- Km 179 marker.

 

053.0 Miles (085.5 Km) -- 4,350 ft altitude and we are starting to descend.

 

057.1 Miles (092.1 Km) -- Km 162 marker.

 

057.6 Miles (092.9 Km) -- Bottom of hill, altitude 2,900 ft.

 

059.8 Miles (096.5 Km) -- Km 158 marker.

 

059.9 Miles (096.6 Km) -- Intersection.  Autlán de Navarro straight and Guadalajara to the right – we go right. This is a bypass route around Autlán.

 

061.7 Miles (099.5 Km) -- Pemex #3443 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Fairly big, but crowded and no place to park. We stop and buy fuel.

 

061.7 Miles (099.5 Km) -- Back on the highway after buying diesel.

 

062.6 Miles (101.0 Km) -- Turn right – signed for Guadalajara. Bodega Aurrera supermarket on the left after turn. Now we’re back on the main highway.

 

063.1 Miles (101.8 Km) -- Pemex #7775  with magna, premium, and diesel on the right.

 

063.3 Miles (102.1 Km) -- Pemex #7444 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel.

 

063.9 Miles (103.1 Km) -- Out of Autlan at Km 150 and alt 3,050 ft.

 

066.1 Miles (106.6 Km) -- Enter town of Mezquitan.

 

066.4 Miles (107.1 Km) -- Out of Mezquitan.

 

070.2 Miles (113.2 Km) -- Enter El Corcovado, 2,950 ft altitude.

 

070.4 Miles (113.5 Km) -- Km 139 marker.

 

070.8 Miles (114.2 Km) -- Follow the main road to the left (signed Guadalajara) just after a bridge and we are out of El Corcovado.

 

072.9 Miles (117.6 Km) -- Sign says Camino Sinuoso (winding road) next 8 Km.

 

073.4 Miles (118.4 Km) -- Km 134 marker.

 

080.9 Miles (130.5 Km) -- Road flattens out at 4,400 feet altitude.

 

081.8 Miles (131.9 Km) -- Km 120 marker.

 

082.3 Miles (132.7 Km) -- Enter city of Unión de Tula, population sign says 20,275 – most of the town is off to the left of the highway.

 

083.4 Miles (134.5 Km) -- Pemex #1626 on the left with magna, premium and diesel. Small to med size with fair access but no parking.

 

083.7 Miles (135.0 Km) -- Road through town rejoins our highway here.

 

084.1 Miles (135.6 Km) -- Km 116 marker.

 

085.5 Miles (137.9 Km) -- Santa Ana to the left – this looks like an old hacienda that has become a town.

 

085.9 Miles (138.5 Km) -- Enter La Trinidad – not much here – no topes.

 

089.6 Miles (144.5 Km) -- Enter San Cayetano – not much here – no topes.

 

091.9 Miles (148.2 Km) -- Pemex #4550 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Big station with very good access and a little parking.

 

096.9 Miles (156.3 Km) -- Enter Colotitlán.

097.3 Miles (156.9 Km) -- Km 94 marker and out of town.

 

098.9 Miles (159.5 Km) -- Top of climb – starting down 4,650 ft altitude.

 

100.8 Miles (162.6 Km) -- Enter Juchitlán, population 8,443, at Km 88.

 

101.0 Miles (162.9 Km) -- Pemex #1590 on the right with magna, premium and diesel and no parking. Small station, but OK access.

 

101.4 Miles (163.5 Km) -- Out of Juchitlán.

 

104.3 Miles (168.2 Km) -- Km 82 marker.  Bottom of descent, 3,625 ft altitude.

 

109.1 Miles (176.0 Km) -- Enter Tecolotlán, 23,101 population.

 

109.5 Miles (176.6 Km) -- Pemex #1616 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Crowded.

 

110.2 Miles (177.7 Km) -- Km 72 and out of town.

 

113.5 Miles (183.1 Km) -- Enter Ojo de Agua.

 

113.8 Miles (183.5 Km) -- Out of Ojo de Agua.

 

119.1 Miles (192.1 Km) -- Enter Los Cuartos – not much here – no topes.

 

124.5 Miles (200.8 Km) -- At top of a climb at altitude 5,555 feet.

 

124.9 Miles (201.5 Km) -- Km 48 marker.

 

127.2 Miles (205.2 Km) -- Enter Los Parajes – most of town is to the right.

 

127.5 Miles (205.6 Km) -- Out of Los Parajes.

 

130.1 Miles (209.8 Km) -- Intersection, San Martin Hidalgo to the left, we continue straight.

 

132.3 Miles (213.4 Km) -- Enter Cocula, population 37,692, 4,333 ft altitude.

 

133.2 Miles (214.8 Km) -- Pemex #1575 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Good size with good access.

 

133.7 Miles (215.6 Km) -- Out of Cocula.

 

135.5 Miles (218.5 Km) -- Pemex #8113 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Very big with great access – no real place for parking.

 

137.4 Miles (221.6 Km) -- Enter Cofridía at 4,318 ft altitude.

 

137.7 Miles (222.1 Km) -- Km 26 marker.

 

137.9 Miles (222.4 Km) -- Pemex #7858 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Lots of room but no parking. Out of Cofradía here.

 

144.5 Miles (233.1 Km) -- Enter Villa Corona,  population 22,780.



See our book Travelerís Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping possibilities in this area.

 

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