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Discussion in 'Americas' started by Arte, Feb 1, 2010.
Tel If you decide to cross at Sonoyta (great place to cross) the Excelsior Hotel Calle Benemerito De Las Americas 83570 Sonoyta is a great secure hotel about $40 (approx) with a gated secure courtyard and your bike right outside your door.
Prceire , why so expensive -and uppercrust?
I would suggest to just trundle the 4 km south from the border , turn left ( south) at the Mex 2 junction and , BAM !, on the west side check in at Hotel San Antonio for 400 pesos = $23.50 US !
I found it to be a fine , clean , comfortable , quiet hotel with secure parking in the courtyard and a good restaurant . No reservations required and super easy to find as it sits on the north -west side of the triangular island in the intersection of Mex 2 and the Main Street west to Pto Peñasco .
What kind of luxury does one need?
And there are even less expensive good hotels in town , why pay US and snob- value rates?
Picture is of supper in Hotel San Antonio - not bad at all , señor.
I haven't looked into the hotel situation yet. It could be tight.
Sorry Sjoerd, I am not such an expert and/or knowledgeable as you and I really appreciate your imput. I was just putting a specific hotel out there to inmate "tel" that I knew was motorcycle safe & secure.
I will definitely try the Hotel San Antonio when I pass through Sonoyta in a couple of weeks. Maybe if I drop your name they will treat me like Royalty. I am not really sure how exactly how much I paid at Excelsior I put $40 because I knew it was around that,more like $550 pesos. I am retired and on a fixed income and seldom pay more then $30 for a Mexican hotel. I really have to buy your book.
List of markets and days north of PV for anyone who likes to check them out.
We are in Oaxaca, San Cristobol de la Casas is next. We are thinking of finishing 175 off to Puerto Àngel. Once again looking for suggestions. I have Sjoerd's books. Which towns are the logical stops?
Thanks for all the help.
Just came in through Sonoyta. Easy entrance to Mexico. Just stop right at the boarder and get tourist card.
the TVIP place is about 100 miles in just after the town of Pitiquito. YOu'll go through a check point that looks like the place about 50 miles earlier - but it's just a check point. The TVIP place in Pitiquito looks closed, but don't be fooled it is not. I thought it was closed until i started to pass it and saw one lonely guy guarding the front.
I skipped Hermosillo and barreled through to Cuidad Obregon. Got there a little after dark. Had a nail in my tire.
It's hot through there about 105. all the way to just outside Mazatlan. Lots on Construction till you get to Ciudad Obregon. But every one is very nice on the road.
Enjoy. For me it's a bit of a haul through the desert, but it get really nice just outside Cuiliacan. Farm lands that take you into the Tropical landscape.
So I'm around Puerto Vallarta now - meeting my wife for 5 days in Punta Mita. I've got to figure a route out for my return to Los Angeles. I'd rather not head back up the coast. Thinking bout Going through San Sebastian del Oeste - onto Chapala... Chapala to Zacatecas then not sure best way to get back to Tucson. I don't have the time to meander too much so any suggestions that would be interesting but also reasonably quick from Zacatecas to Tucson (or other boarder crossing)
Thanks for any suggestions.
Picked up nail - bottom Pic is where I fixed it on the side of the road. Top is Professional refixing it in Mazatlan.
Lots of great routes north, your idea through Mascota is a good one, I like number 23 up to Fresnillo then Durango to Parral and then up to Creel and Bassaschic go up the ruta Rio Sonora and say hello to Tom in Banamichi at the hotel Los Arcos
I would do this route: Zac to DGO, DGO to Parral, Guachochi, Creel, San Juanito, Yecora, Sahuaripa, Moctezuma, Banamichi (Tom's Hotelito), Tucson. This would be an EPIC ride. You would need to ride pretty hard though. YMMV. Saludos.
Edit: Or better yet skip Zacatecas (its very nice BTW) and ride the Espinazo to DGO (Moto Nirvana).
Thanks for the info. Might go via Banamichi and cross at Naco. Just checked my flat repair kit, I'm 1 for 2 on fixing flats. I'm planning to leave 10/28 so you might be back in the US by then. Take care.
What we’ve been saying all along.
Twenty-six million international tourists arrived in the first eight months of 2017, representing a 12% increase over the same period in 2016 while a total of 35 million international tourists visited Mexico last year, up 50% on 2012 figures.
Increases in visitors from Argentina, Brazil, France and Canada were all cited by the tourism secretary while he also said that more Mexicans are choosing to vacation at home.
De la Madrid also made his own comparison to the relative safety of tourists in Mexico compared to the United States and beyond.
“In Mexico, we don’t have insecurity where one person guns down more than 50 people at a concert . . . We don’t have insecurity where you’re walking down a European street and a terrorist comes and shoots people who are drinking coffee . . . .”
“In Mexico the insecurity we have, unfortunately, most of it has to do with . . . criminal groups competing among themselves to gain [control] of a plaza.”
Where did you stay "outside" Mazatlán, I don't want to fight the traffic downtown and deal with the resort type hotels?
Google the Hotel Belmar and bite the bullet. Take it slow and easy to the waterfront and the Olas Altas bay and ride in the front door. This may be a " resort type hotel" but it is an oldie and a goodie , and your concept of resort may be different than mine . Just dont ride deep into the night and then bitch that it i difficult to find your way around a city . Late afternoon, head for a setting sun and you will hit the waterfront at some point . go south and you must come to Olas Altas . Simple
Old town Mazatlan is very accessible and interesting and its tranquilo. I stayed at the suites Melville. Very nice architecture and old Mexico charm. Right around the corner from Belmar. You probably don't want to stay outside Mazatlan proper because you'd miiss all the fun.
Hotel Lerma also in the old town
My friend who lives in Mazatlan says they are tearing up streets in the old town and parts of the Malacon in preparation for a large tourist conference next March.
I find the traffic in Mazatlan to be very mellow and easy to get around.
Just did a big tour of Mazatlan today, car & Moto. There is a lot of tearing up and laying down of the streets going on, just a little slower than normal to get around but still easy breezy...
for hotels I vote for Belmar, a few doors North La Siesta, a few doors South Posada freeman, Hotel Lerma kinda over around the corner...
Old town is my favorite part of Mazatlan...
I have not been to Mazatlan since 1999. I had to google it up to refresh my memory. Shame on me, what a beautiful town. Mexico > Personas mas felices de la tierra.