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Posted by Larry & Nancy C on December 16, 2008, 12:24 pm, in reply to "TRAVEL INFO FROM TEXAS"

Travelling from Austin, TX to La M. The following info may be more than you want or need, but here goes.

First, I would make sure your family has a very good map of MX. The best is the map book, "Guia Roja", which is 9x12, about 75 pages, and can be purchased or ordered thru many large bookstores such as Borders. They should cross the border with a good supply of pesos, since they will want to travel on the toll roads (cuotas) as much as possible. We always crossed at Laredo, but would not do so today because of all the border problems. There is another crossing about 30 miles north at Columbia, which we understand is much easier to cross at and most likely safer.

From Columbia you would skirt Laredo ending up on route 85, a good 10 miles or more south of Laredo. Take 85 south toward Monterrey. Again, always use cuotas when you can. You will see a cuota north of Monterrey that will skirt the city and join up with cuota route 40 toward Saltillo. Before getting to Saltillo you will cut south on cuota route 57 toward Matehuala. Would suggest spending your first night in Matehuala at the Las Palmas Hotel, which is a nice hotel with a good restaurant. Matehuala is basically a big ugly truck stop, although the hotel is nice. Would suggest you make advance reservations because of the holidays.

From Matehuala, continue S. on 57 toward San Louis Potosi. From there you will continue S on 57 in the direction of Queretaro. You will not go all the way to Queretaro. We suggest you take route 1 (a country road) to San Miguel de Allende and spend your second night there(reservations suggested). If you decide to do that, we can e-m you very detailed directions from there to La M., which is about a 9 hr. trip.


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