The Gringo's Guide to Driving Though Mexico & Central America

The Gringo's Guide to Driving Though Mexico & Central America

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~ Jayne Tuggle

The Gingo's Guide To Driving Through Mexico and Central America is an eBook combining 35 years of experience offering the reader expert recommendations from real life (yes, I've done it several times) information on driving your vehicle through Mexico and Central America.

We detail, in an easy-to-read format, all the information necessary for a trip by vehicle through Mexico and Central America. We chronicle a trip by car through Mexico, Baja, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. We also include information on Belize, El Salvador, and Panama and South America. Gringo's Guide will get you to where you want to go in Mexico and Central America with an expanded Costa Rica section---the jewel of Central America.

If you are even thinking about taking this trip you got to read this guide!"

The Drive

The drive through Mexico and Central America is a wonderful experience, however, it's not an adventure for everyone. What type of person would like this sort of trip? First and foremost, you go to like to drive---if the open road turns you on then this is a great trip for you. Even through you could rush the trip, ideally it is better to have an open agenda tat isn't too pressured by time. You don't need tons of money but you should have a nice money reserve for emergencies and potential car issues.

Places and conditions change, thus be prepared to make variations or detours altered from the original directions; though generally speaking things in Central America change slowly---except for Costa Rica where it seems different every time I go back, which has been every six months for the last decade.

There is no one correct way of doing anything and therefore if you find a way or route that you feel is easier or less complicated, please send your comments to us at DriveMeLoco so that your information may be included in the next publication and so that the loco community gets updated---we are stronger together.

Which Route?

There are three main routes through Mexico, one is along the Atlantic Coast (actually the Gulf of Mexico), the second is through Central Mexico and Mexico City, and the third is by the way of the Pacific Coast. From Texas the four main entry points are El Paso, Piedras Negras, Laredo and Brownsville. There are several east-west, north-south links as you journey south through Mexico.

The Pacific Coast route is the hands down favorite among travelers. The roads are better overall, drivers don't have to circumnavigate Mexico City, and there are plenty of beautiful sites along the way. Those travelers that have driven all three route agree that the Pacific Coast route is by far the best. The route detailed in the city-by-city portion of this guide is the Pacific Coast route of Mexico, until Chiapas where I recommend diverting to the interior to see the jewels left by the Mayan civilization.

If Central America is your goal, then the central route bogs you down too much in Mexico City and the surrounding areas. The Atlantic route is just plain hard on vehicles and the scenic delightful places are fewer. Head for the Pacific Coast and then south through Mexico.

Lots more free info is available at our official website:

Enjoy the journey!
Publisher: [United States] : Drive Me Loco, 2011
ISBN: 9781456535094
Branch Call Number: 917.2804 DOD 2011
Characteristics: 165 p. : ill., maps


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