From: Playa Azul to Zihuatanejo
Date: March 6, 2001
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van
000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- Pemex #2583 on the right with Magna, Premium and diesel. Small with OK access but no truck parking. We are headed inland on this two-lane paved road. This is the end of the previous driving log.
002.6 Miles (004.2 Km) -- Cutoff left is Hwy 200 from Melaque and the north. We came in on that road yesterday. Today we go straight. This would have been a left-hand turn yesterday if we had wanted to continue down the coast instead of visiting Playa Azul. Mex 200 and Mex 37 are the same road through here.
003.0 Miles (004.8 Km) -- Km 336 marker.
004.0 Miles (006.5 Km) -- Enter town of La Mira.
004.1 Miles (006.6 Km) -- Cutoff right to L. Cárdenas and Zihuatanejo. We turn right toward Zihuatanejo. Straight would have taken us inland to Uruapan on Mex 37. We are now on Mex 200.
005.1 Miles (008.2 Km) -- Km 121 marker and out of La Mira.
005.7 Miles (009.1 Km) -- Pemex #3368 on the left with Magna, Premium, and diesel. It has good access and some truck parking and is at Km 120.
011.9 Miles (019.2 Km) -- Major interchange, Zihuatanejo right, L. Cardenas straight. We go right toward Zihuatanejo. If we had been coming from the other direction (for those of you following this log backwards) we would have followed signs for La Mira at this confusing interchange.
012.2 Miles (019.7 Km) -- Highway is now four lanes, airport is on the right.
013.0 Miles (021.0 Km) -- Entering the town of Las Guacamayas, two topes. The end of the airport runway is visible on the right.
013.3 Miles (021.5 Km) – Las Guacamayas centro to left, we go right.
014.9 Miles (024.0 Km) – Las Guacamayas centro to left, Zihuatanejo to right, we go right.
015.0 Miles (024.2 Km) -- Highway becomes two lanes again.
016.8 Miles (027.0 Km) -- Pass over Puente La Villita, really a dam on the Río Balsas. Leaving Michoacan, entering the state of Guerrero.
019.8 Miles (031.9 Km) -- Pass through the town of Zacatula, three topes.
021.2 Miles (034.2 Km) -- Cutoff right for L. Cárdenas, we continue straight.
022.4 Miles (036.1 Km) -- Pass through the town of El Naranjito, two topes.
025.0 Miles (040.3 Km) -- Power plant visible to left.
025.3 Miles (040.8 Km) -- Pass through the town of Petacalco, five topes.
027.8 Miles (044.8 Km) -- Short detour, looks like a toll road is going through here, must be the new one down from Uruapan.
029.5 Miles (047.6 Km) -- Pass through the town of Zorcua, three topes.
037.7 Miles (060.8 Km) -- Uruapan and L. Cardenas toll road entrances.
031.7 Miles (051.1 Km) -- Pass through town of Joluta.
048.0 Miles (077.4 Km) -- Pemex #5625 on the right with Magna, Premium, and diesel. Not great access for big rigs, no truck parking.
048.1 Miles (077.6 Km) -- Town of La Unión to the left.
055.9 Miles (090.2 Km) -- Pass through town of Los Llanos, one tope.
058.9 Miles (095.0 Km) -- Road under construction meets our road. May be a ring road around Lagunillas which is just ahead.
059.3 Miles (095.6 Km) -- Pass through the town of Lagunillas, one tope.
060.5 Miles (097.6 Km) -- Majahua to right.
060.8 Miles (098.1 Km) -- The road we just saw under construction meets us again here.
061.6 Miles (099.4 Km) -- Cutoff right to Troncones. We continue straight.
064.0 Miles (103.2 Km) -- Pass through the town of Buenavista, two topes.
067.5 Miles (108.9 Km) -- Pass over Puente Río Pantla.
067.8 Miles (109.4 Km) -- Pass through the town of Pantla, one tope.
070.6 Miles (113.9 Km) -- Pass over Puente Salitrera.
074.9 Miles (120.8 Km) -- Cutoff right for Ixtapa. This is the northwestern-most entrance into Ixtapa. We continue straight toward Zihuatanejo.
075.1 Miles (121.1 Km) -- Km 8 marker.
077.5 Miles (125.0 Km) -- Mirador (viewpoint) on the right overlooking Ixtapa.
077.6 Miles (125.2 Km) -- Cutoff to right for Ixtapa. This is the southeastern-most entrance to Ixtapa. We continue straight toward Zihuatanejo, highway
becomes four lane.
079.5 Miles (128.1 Km) -- Km 240 marker.
079.7 Miles (128.5 Km) -- Road divides to go around glorieta. To the right is the old town of Zihuatanejo on the beach. In the center of the glorieta is a yellow and orange monument. We are in the center of new Zihuatanejo.
See Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in this area.
Copyright © 2001 Mike and Terri Church