From: Zihuatanejo to Acapulco
Date: March 7, 2001
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van
000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) At the roundabout (glorieta) in new Zihuatanejo where the access road to the old village of Zihuatanejo cuts off. This glorieta is the end of the previous driving log.
000.3 Miles (000.5 Km) -- Pemex #3145 on the left.
000.9 Miles (001.5 Km) -- Pemex #4026 on the right. Leaving Zihuatanejo.
001.3 Miles (002.1 Km) -- Road becomes a divided highway as it leads to the airport, an important destination for this tourist town.
001.8 Miles (003.0 Km) -- Cutoff to Agua de Correa to right.
002.4 Miles (003.9 Km) -- Km marker 236.
003.6 Miles (005.8 Km) -- Cutoff right for Playa Larga.
003.8 Miles (006.1 Km) -- Cutoff to the left, not signed. This is Mex 200 toward the south. We turn left here. Straight was signed for Acapulco and Aeropuerto but the route is confusing that way, it is best to turn at this point. It is clear that there will be more construction work and signs in the future.
009.7 Miles (015.6 Km) -- Pass through the town of Los Achotes.
014.6 Miles (023.5 Km) -- Pass through the town of San Jeronimito, population 4,000, four topes.
016.2 Miles (026.1 Km) -- Cross a river and pass through the town of Palos Blancos.
019.8 Miles (031.9 Km) -- Pemex #4685 on the left with Magna, Premium, and diesel. It is small but has excellent access and a little truck parking.
019.9 Miles (032.1 Km) -- Enter the city of Petatlan, population 18,000.
020.8 Miles (033.5 Km) -- Cross the Puente Rio Petatlán.
021.6 Miles (034.8 Km) -- Pemex #0325 on the left with Magna, Premium, and diesel. OK access but no truck parking.
021.9 Miles (035.3 Km) -- Out of Petatlán.
027.8 Miles (044.8 Km) -- Pass through the town of Joluchuca, two topes.
030.0 Miles (048.4 Km) -- Pass through the town of Las Salinas, the source of the name of this town is obvious, they’re selling bags of salt along the road.
032.8 Miles (052.9 Km) -- Pass through town of La Barrita. After this the road is running along the coast, there are many palapa restaurants along the bluff.
044.0 Miles (071.0 Km) -- Pass through the town of Coyuquilla and cross Puente Coyuquilla.
046.0 Miles (074.2 Km) -- Pass through the town of Los Laureles.
047.1 Miles (076.0 Km) -- Enter the town of Papanoa, population 5,000.
047.4 Miles (076.5 Km) -- Pemex #2939 on the left with Magna and diesel, the Premium sign is still covered. It’s small but has good access, no truck parking.
051.6 Miles (083.2 Km) -- Puerto V. Guerrero to the right.
058.4 Miles (094.2 Km) -- Pass through the town of El Llano, three topes.
062.2 Miles (100.3 Km) -- Enter the town of San Luis De La Loma, population 10,000.
062.9 Miles (101.5 Km) -- Cross Puente San Luis and leave San Luis La Loma.
063.0 Miles (101.6 Km) -- Enter San Luis San Pedro, population 10,000.
063.4 Miles (102.3 Km) -- Pemex #0327 on the right with Magna, Premium, and diesel. Good access but no truck parking.
063.7 Miles (102.7 Km) -- Leaving San Luis San Pedro.
070.3 Miles (113.4 Km) -- Pass through Col. El Viente, two topes.
071.3 Miles (115.0 Km) -- Road splits, Acapulco left, Nuxco straight. We go left on what is apparently a bypass road.
074.6 Miles (120.3 Km) -- Pass through Col. Reforma.
074.7 Miles (120.5 Km) -- Road from Nuxco rejoins us from the right.
076.6 Miles (123.5 Km) -- Pass through the town of Rodesia, one tope.
080.8 Miles (130.3 Km) -- Pass through the town of El Súchil, two topes.
082.0 Miles (132.3 Km) -- Pass through the town of Col. Ramos.
082.5 Miles (133.1 Km) -- Pass through the town of Col. Las Tunas.
083.0 Miles (133.9 Km) -- Cross Puente Río Tecpan.
083.7 Miles (135.0 Km) -- Enter the city of Tecpan de Galeana, population 18,000. This is a congested town with sidewalks and many fairly deep vados (rain gutters) running across the road. A rig that did not have much clearance might have trouble getting through here, the busses seem to get through by following a road somewhere to the right but we’ve never checked it out. We had no problems this time and we’ve been through here in a 34-foot 1994 Bounder with a long rear overhang. In that rig we did drag a bit on one or two of the vados but had no real problems.
085.1 Miles (137.3 Km) -- Pemex #0328 on the right with Magna, Premium, and diesel. Good access, no truck parking.
085.6 Miles (138.1 Km) -- Out of Tecpan.
087.9 Miles (141.8 Km) -- Cutoff right for Tetitlán.
097.1 Miles (156.6 Km) -- Enter town of San Jerónimo.
097.8 Miles (157.7 Km) -- Cross Puente San Jerónimo and leave town.
098.5 Miles (158.9 Km) – La Hacienda De Cabanas to the right. Pemex #0326 on the left just after the cutoff. This is a very old Pemex and appears to be closed.
099.8 Miles (161.0 Km) -- Pemex #5590 on the right with Magna, Premium, and diesel. Good access with a little truck parking.
100.3 Miles (161.8 Km) -- Cutoff left to Atoyac de Alvarez.
102.2 Miles (164.8 Km) -- Pass through the town of Alcholoa, three topes.
106.2 Miles (171.3 Km) -- Pass through the town of Cacalutla, two topes.
109.5 Miles (176.6 Km) -- Pass through the town of Zacualpan.
111.5 Miles (179.8 Km) -- Pass through the town of Col. V. Guerrero, two topes.
114.1 Miles (184.0 Km) -- Pass through the town of El Cayaco, four topes.
115.7 Miles (186.6 Km) -- Pass through the town of El Papayo, two topes.
120.2 Miles (193.9 Km) -- Pass through the town of El Zapote, two topes.
123.1 Miles (198.5 Km) -- Pass through the town of Zapotillo.
125.6 Miles (202.6 Km) -- Pass through the town of Pénjamo.
125.9 Miles (203.1 Km) -- Cutoff right for Carrizal playas.
127.3 Miles (205.3 Km) -- Cross Puente Río Coyuca and enter the town of Coyuca at the end of bridge. This is a fairly large town but congestion not a problem driving through.
128.5 Miles (207.3 Km) -- Pemex #3025 on the right with Magna, Premium, and diesel. Small, excellent access, no truck parking.
128.7 Miles (207.6 Km) -- Km 32 marker.
136.8 Miles (220.6 Km) -- Intersection with Mex 95 from inland (Cuernavaca and Mexico City). You could turn left here to either bypass Acapulco or pass around it inland on a fairly convoluted route. We continue straight. This is where the next log begins.
136.9 Miles (220.8 Km) -- Pass through the town of Bajos de Ejido, five topes.
138.6 Miles (223.5 Km) -- Cross Puente El Conchero and then pass through the town of El Conchero.
139.5 Miles (225.0 Km) -- Pass through the town of Cerrito de Oro.
140.1 Miles (226.0 Km) -- Pass through the town of Pedegroso.
140.7 Miles (226.9 Km) -- Pass through the town of San Isidro.
141.5 Miles (228.2 Km) -- Pemex #4366 on the left with Magna, Premium, and diesel. It doesn’t have good access for big rigs and has no truck parking.
141.5 Miles (228.2 Km) -- Cutoff right for Pie de la Cuesta, an Acapulco.
145.3 Miles (234.4 Km) -- Orange sign over road says Bienvenidos a Acapulco. Acapulco is very congested, exercise extreme caution if you decide to drive through this town. We did not log our route through Acapulco, it was very circuitous.
See Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in Acapulco.
Copyright © 2001 Mike and Terri Church