July 13

Why an Ordinary Road Trip in Mexico is Never Ordinary

A few weeks ago I had to travel inland in Mexico from Puerto Vallarta to a small town in Zacatecas. The 600 km road trip  requires about 6 hours worth of driving, and instead of taking the highway (which frankly should not be classified as such) we took an alternate path along a main road we are familiar with, is toll free, and only takes about 20 minutes more. This time I decided to bring my compact camera and took random snapshots of what the trip was like- here are the results. My take? You better keep your eyes on the road all the time, watch out for the speed bumps ( I can easily say that Mexico has more speed bumps than any other country in the world- and I’ve visited quite a few), make sure you have a phone with a Mexican SIM card that works but keep an eye out the window cause you’ll see extraordinary things. And if you want your trip to make sense, here’s a perfect Mexico itinerary for your trip.

driving in Mexico
View out the front window
rocks on road
The cow prefers to look the other way
the driver
The driver
speed bumps ahead
Speed bumps ahead
rocks again
Rocks again
rabbit sign
I didn’t see any
Vulture on road
Nothing is spared
more speed bumps Mexico
Did I mention speed bumps?
Yellow pick up truck
Yellow pick up
lady walking in town
Lady walking in town- check the banner on the post
cobbled stones in towns
Most small stown are unpaved and have cobbled stones instead.
man riding bicycle
If the car ride is uncomfortable enough, what does the bike ride feel like?
pizza in Mexico
Sure, they have home delivery!
rocks on pavement
I told you: keep your eyes on the road.
countryside in Mexico
But I also told you to look out the window!
fox sign
Didn’t see any of these either
mexican music band bus
Band bus in Mexico. Their website url is in the back…check it out to get in the groove!
dangerous wheel rims
For some reason these are very popular among trucks…and very dangerous for everybody else!
most famous word in Mexico
Mexico’s most famous word

Have you travelled in Mexico? Did you drive? What situations did you find yourself in, or what anecdote can you share with us? What would you have liked to find more of on the roads?  And less? Please comment below, and share this post if you liked it!

 


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  • I went to Mexico a couple of years ago on a road trip – we drove about 2.500kms in a tiny car with too much luggage and without aircon. Funny things that happened on the road? Many! A girl drove straight into a tree when trying to drive backwards and we couldn’t open the back of the car for 3 days (then, once open, we couldn’t close it ever again). In Chiapas, kids put ropes on the ground to stop us, we saw their parents “hiding” behind the bushes! We obviously gave them what they asked for (which usually was either to buy something or to give something). At one point we bought a huge amount of bananas only found out that just 2 hours later others stopped us to ask for food.
    And what to tell you about those speed bumps…!! most of the time, there was no warning sign, so we used to fly over them!

  • Very interesting pics, mate ! But the first pic seemed to taken at a place of high altitude, where was that ? The weather seems nice, though. Those spikes are weird !

  • Ha — you nailed it! I love Mexico, but I don’t love driving here. Also, I learned years ago that the prime rule for remaining a calm passenger is to never, ever look out the front window.
    Just discovered your site & admire it greatly.

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