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Route: Guaymas/San Carlos to Alamos
Date: December 4, 2008
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: Pickup with Camper towing a Jeep Wrangler (40 Ft. Total Length)

   

 Today’s route begins on Mex 15 libre on the road through Guaymas at the San Carlos intersection. The log before this ended at this point. The route goes through Guaymas, avoiding the toll booth on the Guaymas bypass cuota road, and rejoins Mex 15 south of town. Today’s section of Mex 15 is 4-lane with mostly no shoulders. The road surfacing in this stretch is older and there are few potholes, the surface is rougher with sections of uneven patched areas.

North of Cd Obregon at Km 26 we exit to the right for Bacum. This is the route to bypass the toll station north of Cd Obregon. We rejoin Mex 15 at a big circle with a waterfall in the middle of the lanes on the southern edge of Cd Obregon. The total distance of the bypass route is 18 miles (29 km). The route via the cuota is almost the same at 18.1 miles (29.1 km). The bypass starts on a 2-lane road in mostly good condition and finishes on a 4-lane blvd through the outskirts of Cd Obregon.

We again exit Mex 15 near Km 197 on a road signed for Villa Juárez, the bypass route around the toll booth south of Cd Obregon. This is a longer bypass of 32.5 miles (52.3 km). The route following the cuota is 18 miles (29 km). The bypass route is 2-lane with no shoulders and in places scattered potholes and rough surfacing. This road meets back up with Mex 15 near Km 167 just north of Navajoa. We do not recommend it, particularly now since we found abandoned heavy equipment blocking the road at one point. A rig larger than ours would not have been able to pass.

From Navajoa the road to Alamos is a very nice newly widened and resurfaced 2-lane road with wide shoulders. Alamos recently suffered storm damage resulting in a few short sections of breaks in the paving and 1 bridge damaged. The bridge is currently 1 lane. Bridge and road repairs are in progress.

 

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- On the libre road through Guaymas at the San Carlos turnoff. This is Mile 83.4 (134.5 Km) of the previous day’s log.

002.6 Miles (004.2 Km) -- Aeropuerto turnoff to the left.

003.4 Miles (005.5 Km) -- Entering Guaymas at Pemex #1637 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel.

003.7 Miles (006.0 Km) -- Pemex #8051 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.

003.7 Miles (006.0 Km) -- Pemex #8075 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.

004.1 Miles (006.6 Km) -- Miramar exit to the left – we continue straight.

004.4 Miles (007.1 Km) -- McDonald’s on the right. Stay left at the Y just before the McDonald’s.

004.6 Miles (007.4 Km) -- Ley grocery store on the left.

004.7 Miles (007.6 Km) -- Burger King on the left just after the Ley.

004.9 Miles (007.9 Km) -- Pemex #5220 on the left with magna and premium.

005.1 Miles (008.2 Km) -- Pemex #1632 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. This station has good access.

005.4 Miles (008.7 Km) -- Guaymas Centro to the right. We stay left for Cd Obregon.

005.5 Miles (008.9 Km) -- Pemex #8449 on the right with magna and premium.

006.1 Miles (009.8 Km) -- Pemex #1634 on the left with magna and premium.

006.6 Miles (010.6 Km) – Series of 2 topes.

007.0 Miles (011.3 Km) -- Km 122 marker.

007.1 Miles (011.5 Km) – Tope.

007.6 Miles (012.3 Km) -- Km 121 marker.

007.8 Miles (012.6 Km) -- Guaymas Centro to the right. We continue straight.

008.2 Miles (013.2 Km) -- Km 120 marker.

008.5 Miles (013.7 Km) -- Out of Guaymas. Feliz Viaje sign.

008.9 Miles (014.4 Km) -- Kino Gas, Rivera Gas, and Gas Auto on the left.

009.1 Miles (014.7 Km) -- Pemex #8292 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. This is a nice big station with access from both lanes.

009.4 Miles (015.2 Km) -- Km 118 marker.

009.9 Miles (016.0 Km) -- Start of the causeway and the road becomes 2-lane.

010.8 Miles (017.4 Km) -- End of causeway and the road continues 2-lane. We are now passing south of the town of Empalme.

011.6 Miles (018.7 Km) -- Puente Estacion.

012.6 Miles (020.3 Km) -- Pemex #2754 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel and an Oxxo store. This is a big station with good access and a dirt parking lot in the back. We stop for fuel. Prices for fuel here were diesel 7.13 pesos per liter, magna 7.62 pesos per liter, and premium 9.57 pesos per liter. These prices are up a few centavos from the prices entered in our November 30, 2008 log from Hermosillo to Kino Bay.

014.0 Miles (022.6 Km) -- Km 111 marker.

014.3 Miles (023.1 Km) -- Puente Bahia del Sol.

014.8 Miles (023.9 Km) – Tope.

015.2 Miles (024.5 Km) -- Puente San Fernando.

016.1 Miles (026.0 Km) -- At intersection with Mex 15 and we stay right to merge onto the highway. Mex 15 here is 4-lane divided with shoulders.

016.3 Miles (026.3 Km) -- Retorno for Guaymas or northbound traffic.

016.5 Miles (026.6 Km) -- Km 107 marker.

017.5 Miles (028.2 Km) -- Ortiz turnoff to the left. We continue straight.

021.5 Miles (034.7 Km) -- Km 99 marker.

021.9 Miles (035.3 Km) -- End of Vehicle Hassle Free Zone and the Vehicle

Permit Station is on the right. You can pick up vehicle documentation here to go south. Mex 15 remains 4-lane divided, but now there are no shoulders.

027.1 Miles (043.7 Km) -- Km 90 marker.

027.3 Miles (044.0 Km) -- Enter the town of Guasimas which is mostly to the

right (no topes).

040.8 Miles (065.8 Km) --Turnoff right is for Pythaya. We continue straight.

041.3 Miles (066.6 Km) -- Km 67 marker.

047.0 Miles (075.8 Km) -- Km 58 marker.

047.4 Miles (076.5 Km) – Congested area with a military stop (with a tope) for northbound traffic – town of Potam to the right. The highway through the stop is rough. There are small outdoor restaurants along the side of the road.

047.6 Miles (076.8 Km) -- Km 57 marker.

052.8 Miles (085.2 Km) -- Enter the town of Vicam (6 topes). This little town has

 lots of shops and street side restaurants along the highway.

053.4 Miles (086.1 Km) -- Turnoff right is for Vicam Pueblo. We continue

 straight.

053.4 Miles (086.1 Km) -- Pemex #1638 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. This station has good access for northbound traffic, but no access for southbound.

054.4 Miles (087.7 Km) -- Km 46.

054.6 Miles (088.1 Km) -- Pemex #4779 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Appears to be suitable for overnighting with big parking lot and Oxxo store.

054.8 Miles (088.4 Km) -- Out of Vicam.

063.1 Miles (101.8 Km) -- Km 32 marker and a big gravel pull off on the right.

065.5 Miles (105.6 Km) -- Km 28 marker.

065.8 Miles (106.1 Km) -- Restaurant Loma Linda on the right has a huge gravel parking lot.

070.2 Miles (113.2 Km) -- Km 27 marker.

066.8 Miles (107.7 Km) -- Km 26 and we exit to the right for Bacum. This is the route to bypass the toll station north of Ciudad Obregon. The cuota road is straight ahead. The bypass road is 2-lane in mostly good condition.

067.3 Miles (108.5 Km) -- Km 1 marker.

067.4 Miles (108.7 Km) -- Enter the town of Loma de Bácum (2 topes)

067.8 Miles (109.4 Km) – We leave Loma de Bácum and a road goes to the right (Son 101) to Bataconcica. We continue straight.

068.5 Miles (110.5 Km) -- Km 3.

069.9 Miles (112.7 Km) -- Enter Bácum, population 3,611 (6 topes)   

070.0 Miles (112.9 Km) -- Pemex #3353 on the left with magna and diesel. The Pemex is at a Y signed for Bacum to the left and Cd Obregon to the right. We follow the road right for Cd Obregon.  This is a bypass route to the west around Bacum.

070.9 Miles (114.4 Km) -- Rejoin the road that goes through Bacum and we turn right. We are still on a 2-lane road with no shoulders.

072.7 Miles (117.3 Km) -- This road comes to a T and we turn left. Pemex #5388 with magna, premium, and diesel and an Oxxo store is on the right just before we turn. This is a huge station with excellent access. After the turn the road is 4-lane.

078.4 Miles (126.5 Km) -- Enter the town of Providencia, population 4,635 (7 topes).

078.6 Miles (126.8 Km) -- Pemex #4577 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel and an Oxxo store next door. This is a medium sized station with lots of room.

079.2 Miles (127.7 Km) -- Out of town.

080.0 Miles (129.0 Km) -- Pemex #7663 on the right with magna, premium and diesel and an Oxxo. We turn right after this station on Eusebio Kino and just after the turn there is a lake on the left.

080.4 Miles (129.7 Km) -- Instituto Technilogico on the left after the lake.

081.2 Miles (131.0 Km) -- Pemex #7552 on the left with magna and premium. We turn left here on Rodolfo Elias Calle which is a 4-lane blvd with a row of trees dividing the lanes.

082.0 Miles (132.3 Km) -- Pemex #1269 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.

082.1 Miles (132.4 Km) -- Soriana supermarket on the left.

082.7 Miles (133.4 Km) -- Pemex #5869 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.

082.9 Miles (133.7 Km) -- Ley supermarket on the right.

083.8 Miles (135.2 Km) -- At a big waterfall circle in the middle of the road we meet up again with Highway 15. Pemex #5755 is on the left with magna, premium, and diesel at this intersection. We turn right onto Mex 15 going toward Navajoa. We are at the southern edge of Ciudad Obregon and have bypassed the town as well as the toll booth north of town.

083.9 Miles (135.3 Km) -- Pemex #8939 on the right with magna, premium, and

 diesel and an Oxxo station. This station has good access.

084.0 Miles (135.5 Km) – Ley grocery store on the right.

084.7 Miles (136.6 Km) -- Pemex #6116 on the right with magna, premium, and

                        diesel and an Extra store May be suitable for an overnight stay, has a very large parking lot in the back.

085.4 Miles (137.7 Km) -- Km 220 marker.

087.0 Miles (140.3 Km) -- Retorno for Cd Obregon.

091.5 Miles (147.6 Km) -- Pemex #3539 on the right with magna, premium, and

                        diesel, an Oxxo store, and showers. This station is probably suitable for overnighting with a big lot in the back for trucks.

091.7 Miles (147.9 Km) -- Km 210 marker.

092.2 Miles (148.7 Km) -- Aeropuerto turnoff to the right.

099.2 Miles (160.0 Km) -- Km 198 marker.

099.3 Miles (160.2 Km) -- Enter Fundicion (3 topes).

099.3 Miles (160.2 Km) -- Pemex #1262 on the right with magna and diesel and

an Oxxo store. May be suitable for overnighting. It has a gravel lot for parking in the back.

099.8 Miles (161.0 Km) – We turn right, signed for Villa Juárez (nothing says libre) – just before Km 197. This is the beginning of the bypass around the toll booth south of Ciudad Obregon. The road is 2-lane with no shoulders and scattered potholes. Note that we do not recommend this bypass route. It is long, has poor roads, and this time was blocked by parked heave equipment. You’d be better off staying on the toll road, we will next time.

100.0 Miles (161.3 Km) – Rough road with trucks on the left. This is probably a low-cost route around the toll station. We didn’t check it out. These “ejido bypasses” often cause rig damage and they are not free. Think twice before taking this one.

109.0 Miles (175.8 Km) -- Enter an unsigned town - probably Jocopaco (2 topes).   

109.2 Miles (176.1 Km) – Vado.

109.6 Miles (176.8 Km) -- Pemex #5937 on the left and then we are out of town. This station has a small sign with no indication of fuel types. Station would be tight for fueling big RVs.

114.9 Miles (185.3 Km) -- At a T Villa Juarez is to the right on 158 and Navajoa is to the left – we go left. Just before this T there was a piece of heavy road-building equipment blocking the road. Along with other traffic, we had to drive into the ditch around the equipment. After we make this turn, the road continues as 2 lanes. For a couple of miles it is very nice with wide shoulders, then the shoulders stop and the road surface becomes a little rough.

116.1 Miles (187.3 Km) -- A road goes to the right to Huatabampo. We continue straight for Navajoa.

116.8 Miles (188.4 Km) --Entering an unsigned town, probably Agua Blanca (3 topes).

117.4 Miles (189.4 Km) -- Out of town.

120.0 Miles (193.5 Km) – A road goes right to Buaysiacobe (Son 141). We continue straight.

126.1 Miles (203.4 Km) -- Km 10 marker.

132.3 Miles (213.4 Km) -- At the intersection with Hwy 15 and we turn south.

132.4 Miles (213.5 Km) -- Km 167 marker.

135.6 Miles (218.7 Km) -- Enter the town of Bahuises at Km 162 (there is a series of small vibradores). There and outdoor restaurants along the side of the highway through town.

136.2 Miles (219.7 Km) -- Pemex #4143 on the right with magna, premium, and

                        diesel. We’ve overnighted here in the past, lots of noisy trucks. The Periferico goes to the right just after this station. We don’t turn.

136.4 Miles (220.0 Km) -- Enter Navajoa.

137.3 Miles (221.5 Km) -- Km 159 at the beginning of a bridge into town.

137.6 Miles (221.9 Km) -- End of the bridge.

137.8 Miles (222.3 Km) -- Sign says Trafico Pesado Y Autobuses must go to the

left. We follow the sign to the left onto a 2-lane road, in places a little rough. The road is 1 block east of Hwy 15 and is recommended if you don’t want to get a ticket.

137.9 Miles (222.4 Km) -- Pemex #2136 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel.

139.4 Miles (224.8 Km) -- Cross railroad tracks.

139.5 Miles (225.0 Km) --We turn left following the sign to Alamos. A cop at the intersection stopped traffic for us.

139.6 Miles (225.2 Km) -- Cross the railroad tracks.

139.9 Miles (225.6 Km) -- Ley grocery store on the left.

140.0 Miles (225.8 Km) -- Pemex #8808 on the left with magna and premium an an Extra store.

140.4 Miles (226.5 Km) -- Pemex #3534 on the right magna, premium, and diesel, and an Oxxo across the street.

140.7 Miles (226.9 Km) -- Pemex #7935 on the left with magna and  premium.

140.8 Miles (227.1 Km) -- Road goes to 2 lanes and we leave Navajoa. This is a nice almost new 2-lane road with wide shoulders.

142.5 Miles (229.8 Km) -- Km 5 Marker.

156.3 Miles (252.1 Km) -- Enter Ejido Francisco Villa – very small with not much along the road.

156.9 Miles (253.1 Km) -- Km 28.

157.3 Miles (253.7 Km) -- Turnoff left is to Presa de Mocusarit. We continue straight.

166.9 Miles (269.2 Km) -- Enter the town of Minas Nuevas (2 topes). Everyone in town seems to be out raking and sweeping. Must

be clean-upday.

167.3 Miles (269.8 Km) – The paved road to La Aduana goes right. We continue straight.

167.4 Miles (270.0 Km) -- Km 45 and we are out of town.

169.3 Miles (273.1 Km) -- Pemex #8135 on the left with magna, premium, and

                        diesel. This is a big station with good access for RVs.

169.3 Miles (273.1 Km) – Dirt road to La Aduana goes to the right. Continue

            straight. This is the arroyo route. Rough but good birding.

169.4 Miles (273.2 Km) -- Km 48 marker.

170.2 Miles (274.5 Km) -- Entry monument to Alamos under construction.

170.6 Miles (275.2 Km) -- Km 50 marker.

170.8 Miles (275.5 Km) -- La Uvalama to the right. We continue straight.

170.8 Miles (275.5 Km) -- Gas plant on the left.

171.7 Miles (276.9 Km) – In Alamos at Pemex #8117 with magna, premium, and

                        diesel on the left at Km 52.

 

See out book Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for Alamos camping possibilities.

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