Northern Michoacan Advice??

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by Sideoff, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. Sideoff

    Sideoff Been here awhile

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    Hi all -

    Anyone available to provide some road & safety advice on northern michoacan by telephone today? I'm in zacatecas and planning my route to Guatemala. It's Saturday jan 19th, i'm leaving Zacatecas tomorrow morning. Some local Mexico city riders said to stay only on the main roads in northern michoacan for safety reasons, which does not sound very fun.

    Pm me your number and I'll call!! Thanks!!

    Pete
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  2. Sideoff

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    Basically I'm trying to find an interesting route on small fun roads that cuts south of Mexico city that gets me to Oaxaca. Doesnt matter if it's dirt or paved, just interesting. Here's what I was thinking:

    - I see there are some smal roads that go southeast from uruapan and patzcuaro toward huetamo and ciudad altamarino. Some paved some not. These look enticing??

    - Then from there to iguala on main road 61 I guess

    - iguala to Chilpancingo

    - Chilpancingo to Oaxaca on all small roads

    Anyone got an opinion on that route? Advice?

    Thanks!!!
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  3. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    I'd suggest looking at a map first. Uruapan is the opposite direction from DF as Oaxaca and definitely not to the south either. Michoacan is in no way "on the way" from DF to Oaxaca.

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    Geography aside, the Uruapan/Apatzingan area is also not the first place I'd recommend exploring remote areas solo. I'd take the advice you already have. Michoacan is not the safest part of Mexico.
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  4. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Was just in Michoacán last week. Muy tranquilo.
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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Stayed overnight in Apatzingán. Muy tranquilo.

    Uruapan was lovely, as always.
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  6. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Yeah, they're both nice towns, but I probably wouldn't go riding down just any dirt road in that area just because it's on a map. I'd stick to the better traveled roads in that area. It's the world capital of meth production along with eastern Jalisco.
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  7. Sideoff

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    Awesome, thanks for the input guys. On my map, Uruapan looks to be on a pretty linear southern route around Mexico city from where I am now in Zacatecas. What does DF stand for?

    Do you guys happen to know anything about the road from patzcuaro to huetamo? Can't tell if that would qualify as a main road or not. Looks paved on my guia roji. This road goes through yoricostio, las pilas, and erendira. Thanks!!!
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    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Oh AROUND Mexico City. I understood that you want a route FROM Mexico City to Oaxaca by way of Uruapan. That's why I was a little confused. By the way, DF = Distrito Federal = Mexico City. It's what most Mexicans call Mexico City. "Day Effay"

    I've never been down that specific road, but yeah, it looks paved. Go for it. Looks nice and twisty.
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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    That's Detroit :rofl
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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    While in the Uruapan area do not miss the Tzararacua Falls, Paricutin, or the towns of Pátzcuaro and Santa Clara de Cobre.
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  11. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    Patzcuaro is great, make sure you do the boat ride out to Isla de Janitzio on Lago Patzcuaro.


    My memory is a little fuzzy here but I believe this is a dirt road that took me to Tacambaro that will ultimately hook you up with the main road to Huetamo. I don't have my gps tracks in front of me so I'm going off google earth. I'm pretty sure this is the route. Beautiful riding everywhere you go in this area, Michoacan does not suck.

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    Taxco is worth a visit too if you're heading to Oaxaca.
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  12. Lone Rider

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    For backroad opportunities, www.maps-of-mexico.com offers some routes. While not always super accurate and up-to-date, I've found it very useful.
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  13. Sideoff

    Sideoff Been here awhile

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    Awesome. Thanks again guys! Hey misery goat I met you in I think it was northeast Argentina a few years ago. We hung out with loic from France. Pretty sure it was Argentina. I was on a honda 650. Thanks for the advice!
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    I see the road you're talking about from tacambaro. That's the one I was originally looking at actually but rerouted to the pavement in the interest in staying on main roads. That photo looks sweet though. Maybe I'll just make the call when I get to the intersection.
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    Just spent a few weeks all over Michoacan last November, great riding, good people,delicious food and no problems at all .

    Don't miss the carnitas in Quiroga , the best of the world :freaky:freaky:freaky
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  16. Misery Goat

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    Hey I remember you! Wow, it's been a while. I envy you, you're in a great part of Mexico, amigo. Suerte!
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    You may be further south already but the road running south thru the Nevado de Toluca National park is fun. Great scenery with good pavement, sweepers to twisties. Cant remember the number but it is the smaller road closest to the volcano.. Then on south for the backway into Taxco. A little remote with good to broken pavement and a little dirt. Also quite scenic and Taxco is a fantastic place. I rode that stretch south to north last year and will most likely take that route back north on this trip.
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  18. El Explorador

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    I rode all around Michoacan and didn't find anything more disconcerting than a town that wants independence in the north. I'm pretty sure you won't find any meth labs on the side of any of the roads on that map, so stick to riding during daylight hours and you should be good (:

    Post pics:coffee:
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    Saludos
    Ojala decidas viajar hacia la costa !!!!

    Estas carreteras son muy tranquilas, las recomendaciones son siempre no rodar de noche !!!!!!! como en todo mexico ...


    Si decides avanzar hacia Lazaro Cardenas sera un placer recibirte !!!!! ...... de todas esas carreteras que preguntas te podria dar mis comentarios ya que normalmente las utilizo con cierta frecuencia .... todas estan en buen estado y no tendras problema ..... no ruedes por la noche claro !!!! estare pendiente
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  20. Sideoff

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    dang, and here i was hoping i could find some good meth for cheap! oh well, maybe in oaxaca hahaha :)

    seriously thanks again for all the info and the specific road advice guys. much, much appreciated. currently in Patzcuaro, what a cool little town.

    I'm headed through chilpancingo next and was curious about the terrain so i googled "chilpancingo" and clicked on images. three of the first twelve thumbnails look about like this.

    http://guerreronoticias.com/wp-content/uploads/f-1-descuartizados-chilpancingo-irza.jpg

    I can see why people get freaked out with that kind of imagery floating around out there. At least its easy to get hotel rooms.
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