Highway 200 in Mexico south of Acalpulco

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by Mainecoons, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Mainecoons

    Mainecoons Been here awhile

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    Theoretically, one can ride Mexico highway 200 all the way to Guatemala. We have a group of 7 bikes who are riding to the Yucatan from the Lake Chapala (Jalisco) area and discussing different routes back.

    One of the routes would have us visit San Cristobal de Las Casas and then drop down to pick up highway 200 at Arriaga.

    Has anyone ridden this stretch of road? It looks pretty remote, are there places to eat and stay between Juchitan and Acapulco?

    Any suggestions about riding highway 200 in this area appreciated. We are more familiar with the road north of Acapulco.
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  2. stormdog

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    Not realy sure what info you are after, but I came from San Cristobul and rode North on 200 last month. I though the run from Salina Cruz North had a little of everything.The towns of Hualtulco and Puerto Escondido were good touristy beach towns. North of Escondido things turned a little rougher around the edges though there were plenty of towns with gas and food, I didn't get the urge to linger in any of them.
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  3. Kiko

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  4. Mainecoons

    Mainecoons Been here awhile

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    That's the info I'm looking for. The ride is good and interesting from Arriaga to Puerto Escondido? Did you stop overnight in this section and if so, where?

    How long did it take you to go from Puerto Escondido to Acapulco? Did you stop anywhere in this section overnight? Looks like it would be hard to do this all in one stretch. We were thinking we could find something overnight in Pinotepa Nacional, which seems to be the only town of any size on this stretch. It looks like section of the 200 is mostly inland away from the beach.

    Thanks for your insights and suggestions! We want to try and ride from San Cristobal down to Route 200 at Arriaga and then north on 200 to Tecoman.
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  5. Animo

    Animo Been n00b awhile

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    From another thread:

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  6. tam162

    tam162 Two wheel Terry

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    Last April I spent the night in Salina Cruz and left there about 6:00AM. I ate breakfast in Puerto Escadido made a few gas stops and a stop for lunch then continued on to Acapulco for the night arriving well before dark. Nice ride with lots of fuel and eating opportunities along the way.
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  7. PlznMySoul

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    I can comment on 200 South of Alcupulco starting at Puerto Escondido. It is a fantastic ride! I picked up 200 coming out of Oaxaca on 131 and headed South on 200. Leave yourself some time to enjoy the beaches. It's beautiful scenery and very laid back. I ended up riding 200 to Salina Cruz and then 190 to San Cristobal. From there to Palenque and then on to Guatemala to visit Tikal. I was on a mission to visit the two great ruins of Palenque and Tikal.


    Safe riding!
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  8. Kiko

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    Man Plzn I think maybe you got switched at birth in the hospital. All those positive posts about Mexico, maybe you're a beaner like me.:rofl
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  9. PlznMySoul

    PlznMySoul Been here awhile

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    Hahahaha....it's the Vino...the Vino!

    Hey.. Life is too dayum short to focus on the negative stuff. It's there, here everywhere. I stay alert, understand my surroundings, where I'm heading adapt and deal with it as and if it comes. In the mean time, I'm looking for the GOOD THINGS to enjoy! :freaky

    My glass typically stays half full whenever possible and if that does not work....
    I get a smaller glass :D

    ......besides, we have enough people talking about the BAD, no need to add to it. Remember.. We need three elements ....the GOOD, BAD and UGLY. :lol3. I will stay on the GOOD side even though I have some bad and ugly I could and have shared.
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  10. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    The last time I rode 200 from P. Escondido to Acapulco, it was hot, tope infested, boring coastal plains ride. Then we entered Acapulco....I would definitely take a different route.
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  11. going south

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    I agree with this statement...
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  12. PlznMySoul

    PlznMySoul Been here awhile

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    That is what I HEARD (minus the tope infestation) prior to my trip. In fact, I was informed that areas around Alcupolco where areas to be very careful and aware. Hence, my reason for avoiding it all together. Tourist trap, hot and boring = Avoidance.
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  13. CaptUglyDan

    CaptUglyDan Been here awhile

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    ^This, Did the 200 last winter down to Salina Cruz then over to San Cristobal/Palenque then into Guatamala etc. Acapulco traffic wasn't much fun. Also theres a reason for the huge windmill farm down in Salina Cruz so beware of the wind, I saw two tractor trailer rigs get blown over on my way south:huh
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  14. stormdog

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    From San Cristobul make sure you take the libre. I spent my nights at Comitan, Salina Cruz, Puerto Escondido and then did a hard day from there to Zihuatanejo. I couldn't think of a good reason to stop at Acapulco so I rode around it on the by pass. I think from Puerto Escondido to Acapulco was around 6 hours
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  15. italiano

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    Puerto escondido to acapulco is 6 hrs, maby less if you fly over the topes.
    The road from aca to zihuatanejo is full of topes too is a 2 hrs and 40 min.
    The road from puerto escondido to oaxaca is a 6 hrs of amazing curves, then 4 hrs to mexico city then go to valle de bravo and detour to altamirano a go into the sierra to ixtapa 6 hrs from df to ixtapa but is one of the best roads (curves) that you can ride in mexico.
    From ixtapa to mansanillo is another day of riding,beatiful places on the beach to stop, and the scenery is awesome.
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    From experience: I'd watch closely for Pemex stations when riding south of PV on the coast-I bought jug gas in one area after watching the fuel reserve light too long for my comfort.
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    I believe that it will take longer to get from Acapulco to Ixtapa, due to flooding last september. 4 maybe 5 hours. If any of your crew likes to dive Haultulco is a must! San Cristoble the ruins of Pelanque are a must see.
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  18. z28gh

    z28gh El Canadiense

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    I have ridden this highway a number of times now and I will tell you that for about 180-200kms south to Puerto Escondido is full of topes (speed bumps), curves and small towns every half a kilometer. After Puerto Escondido, it is ok but has a lot of curves near Zipolite(Puerto Angel, Huatulco, Pochutla) until you get to Salina Cruz. After Salina Cruz, you must pass La Ventosa (35-40 kms of very, very, very strongs winds in which there is a lot of wind turbines). It is interesting to cross but be very careful if the winds are high. I have had to drive as slow as 40-50 kph to maintain stability. Tractor trailers have been blown over a lot. After that, it is basically straight going until Tapachula, Mexico. If you have the time, stop in Zipolite or one of the beaches nearby, it is very cheap, I rented a room for a month for about $165 that was on the beach. Also be very wary when crossing the border into Guatemala, there is a lot of officials, especially on the Guatemalan side who are very corrupt and you will be mobbed by people trying to (help??) you. They are experts on taking your money. I had ten of them who tried to rob me and my wife in the parking lot which is about 50 feet from the Mexican migracion office. Fortunately, I had a whip with me and got out of there unharmed. I have travelled 31 of 32 states in Mexico and can offer some advice if needed. Have fun and be careful.
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    z28gh El Canadiense

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    I am interested in driving through to Panama if anyone else is interested. I have done this trip two years ago on a 1993 Yamaha FJ1200 and this time, it will be a 2001 VMax. I have been living here in Mexico City for six months, know a lot of good people in Mexico. I want to leave in the next month or two. If interested, let me know and we can make arrangements, it is good to have company when passing the borders.
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  20. Mainecoons

    Mainecoons Been here awhile

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    Thanks to everyone for the great information about this route! Let me know if you're going to be in Ajijic, we love biker company.
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