From: Puerto Vallarta to Melaque
Date: March 3, 2001
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) At the intersection of Mex 200 and the Puerto Vallarta ring road in northern Puerto Vallarta. This is Mile 116.9 of the previous log. We turned left at the Y and are taking the bypass inland around Puerto Vallarta. At the turn Pemex #5185 with Magna and Premium is on the left. The route is signed for Barra de Navidad and is a four-lane road.

001.1 Miles (001.8 Km)
-- Pemex #4880 on the right with Magna, Premium, and diesel.

001.2 Miles (001.9 Km)
-- Topes

001.5 Miles (002.4 Km)
-- Road narrows to two lanes and passes through a tunnel. Once out of the tunnel it returns to four lanes.

002.5 Miles (004.0 Km)
-- Río Cuale bridge.

003.0 Miles (004.8 Km)
-- Road curves and passes through tunnel. Immediately after tunnel we are on cobblestone streets in southern Puerto Vallarta and the road is congested.

003.5 Miles (005.6 Km)
-- Turn left to follow sign to Barra de Navidad.

003.5 Miles (005.6 Km) -- After a block you can turn left here to go back north toward Tepic. We continue straight.

003.6 Miles (005.8 Km)
-- Pemex #2385 on the right with Magna, Premium and diesel. Access is OK, no truck parking. Afterwards road climbs onto hillside along coast.

005.5 Miles (008.9 Km)
-- Km 3.5 marker.

006.2 Miles (010.0 Km)
-- Blue Bay Club on right and left.

006.7 Miles (010.8 Km)
-- Cutoff left for El Nogalito. We continue straight.

007.3 Miles (011.7 Km)
-- Welcome To/Leaving Puerto Vallarta sign over road.

008.7 Miles (014.0 Km)
-- Bungee jump on right.

010.4 Miles (016.7 Km)
-- Playa Mismaloya to right. Road turns inland.

010.4 Miles (016.8 Km)
-- Puente Mismaloya.

010.5 Miles (016.9 Km)
-- Km 202 marker. From here kilometer posts count down to the intersection of Mex 80 from Guadalajara with Mex 200 just outside Melaque. That will be the end of today’s log.

013.2 Miles (021.3 Km)
-- Pass through Boca de Tomatlan. Road starts climbing.

016.6 Miles (026.8 Km)
-- Pass through village of Los Juntas Veranos, two topes.

016.7 Miles (026.9 Km)
-- Peña Blanca bridge.

026.8 Miles (043.2 Km)
-- Top of the hill, about 2,450 feet.

029.8 Miles (048.1 Km)
-- Pass through outskirts of town of El Tuito, population 3,513.

056.8 Miles (091.6 Km)
-- Pass through Campo Sarh.

058.2 Miles (093.9 Km)
-- Pass through town of Pino Suarez, three topes.

058.7 Miles (094.7 Km)
-- Cutoff right to La Gloria, we continue straight.

063.9 Miles (103.1 Km)
-- Puente Tomatlán. Enter town of La Cumbre.

064.3 Miles (103.7 Km)
-- Pemex #3034 on the right. It has Magna, Premium, and diesel with good access and a little truck parking.

073.3 Miles (118.2 Km)
-- Pass through town of Campo Acosta, three topes.

081.0 Miles (130.6 Km)
-- Pass through town of Jose María Morelos, three topes.

083.4 Miles (134.5 Km)
-- Río San Nicolas bridge.

090.5 Miles (146.0 Km)
-- Cutoff right for Punta Perula, we continue straight.

091.0 Miles (146.8 Km)
-- Motel Chamela on right.

091.3 Miles (147.3 Km)
-- Cutoff right for Paraiso Costalegre.

092.0 Miles (148.4 Km)
-- Pass through village of San Mateo.

095.8 Miles (154.5 Km)
-- Pass through Chamela.

102.3 Miles (164.9 Km)
-- Cutoff right for Playa Blanca.

108.2 Miles (174.4 Km)
-- Cutoff right for Cuitzmala. We continue straight.

108.7 Miles (175.2 Km)
-- Pass over Puente Cuitzmala.

110.0 Miles (177.3 Km)
-- Pass through E. Zapata, three topes.

112.9 Miles (182.0 Km)
-- Arroyo Seco 3 to the right. We continue straight.

114.9 Miles (185.2 Km)
-- Cutoff right to El Tecuan. We continue straight.

116.4 Miles (187.7 Km)
-- Cutoff left for Miguel Hidalgo. We continue straight.

116.7 Miles (188.1 Km)
-- Pass through town of Agua Caliente.

117.1 Miles (188.8 Km)
-- Cross Puente Purificación.

118.0 Miles (190.2 Km)
-- Cutoff right for Tenacatita. We continue straight.

121.3 Miles (195.6 Km)
-- Pass through town of El Programa.

122.6 Miles (197.7 Km)
-- Blue Bay to the right.

125.8 Miles (202.8 Km)
-- Boca de Iguanas cutoff to the right. We continue straight.

126.6 Miles (204.1 Km)
-- La Manzanilla cutoff to right. We continue straight.

135.2 Miles (218.0 Km)
-- Intersection. Mex 80 to Guadalajara goes left. Mex 200 to the south goes right. We go right.
 

    See Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for information about campgrounds in the region covered by this log.
 

Copyright © 2001 Mike and Terri Church

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