Best border crossing

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by blue01, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. blue01

    blue01 Been here awhile

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    Just thinking ahead here, with snow on the ground and the road bike hibernating.
    The plans this year are to do a IBA border to border ending near Yuma. Apparently there are two crossings into Mexico near Yuma, San Luis and Andrade.
    Anyone out there that's familiar with either of these?
    Time of year will be either June or September.
    Arrival would most likely be early afternoon, possibly on a Sunday, if I leave on a Saturday.
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  2. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    I never heard of Andrade, but I crossed through Agodones which is just outside Yuma when I rode through Baja. The port is small and so is the town. its mostly blue hair snowbirds that cross over for prescription drugs. The port closes at 10pm. Most of the shops/pharmacies close at 5pm so I imagine there may be a bit of a line to ride back, but don't quote me on it. I crossed back in the late morning and had only 5 cars in front of me when I pulled up.
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  3. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    Andrade is crossing name on the US side into Los Algodones.

    Yuma crosses into San Luis.

    The biggest difference between the two is the Mexican States that they are in. Los Algodones is in Baja California and San Luis is in Sonora. For Sonora, I believe you may need to do the vehicle import stuff, which also entails some cash.

    I've done the Los Algodones crossing several times in the last 6 months. It opens at 6am and it closes at 10 pm. It doesn't seem to have much traffic, but that may not always be the case. There is also a huge indian casino with a hotel on Andrade road, so there is a decent stop near by.

    Good luck, as the time of year you have laid out will ensure that it is very hot during the day, and a bit cooler at night.
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  4. blue01

    blue01 Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I should have clarified that. Andrade, Ca. is the crossing into Los Algodones. I looked at it on Google Earth and there was a line up on the Mexican side that wound it's way through the town. Not the place I would want to be on a hot afternoon, siding astride the bike, inching forward.
    If the date on Google Earth is correct, Jan. 31, then that explains the line up. All the snowbirds returning with their new spectacles, teeth and pills.
    Does anyone now if June or September would be any quieter?
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  5. stickman1432

    stickman1432 Crusty Adventurer

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    There is no difference for crossing into either Baja Norte or Sonora. If you enter into Sonora you can go down as far south as San Carlos/Guaymas and then take the ferry over to Baja. You can run all of Baja and the upper part of Sonora without a T.V.I.P.

    Hope that helps you out. Also for those crossing at Douglas/Agua Prieto you can go southwest to Guaymas, on highway #2 then south on Highwat 15D to Guaymas. That route is OK'd by the Mexican Officals.

    How do we know well we had a friend that couldn't go to Copper Canyon with us since he failed to turn in his TVIP from his last trip and we left him at Agua Prieto why we went to CC. He ended up going to Guaymas and took the ferry having fun for a week in Baja. Live and learn they do check you at the border and they will check you out at the offical insepection stations further south. No proper paper and they will turn you around.:eek1
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