Top Ten Roads in Mexico

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  1. Tama's Tigre

    Tama's Tigre Been here awhile

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    I just came back from an 8 day N/E Mexico ride, and what a blast! Let's put together a list of Mexico's top 10 paved and unpaved roads. I'm not sure if I hit Mexico's top paved roads (although I got an earful from the locals), but I did discover a great off road excersion to "Puente de Dios." These trails lead to some of Mexico's most beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes!

    I nominate, as one of Mexico's Top 10 Unpaved Roads:
    "Puente de Dios, Tamasopo". :clap

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    Tama's Tigre Been here awhile

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    I nominate, as one of Mexico's Top 10 Unpaved Roads:
    "Puente de Dios, Tamasopo". :clap

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    Tama's Tigre Been here awhile

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    Road to:
    "Puente de Dios, Tamasopo". :clap

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    Tama's Tigre Been here awhile

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    Waterfall at Puente de Dios, Tamasopo, Mexico.

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    My Spanish is not that good, but the road (the dirt one) from Creel to Botapilas would be my #1.:clap
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  6. Tama's Tigre

    Tama's Tigre Been here awhile

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    Swimming hole at Puente de Dios, Tamasopo, Mexico. :1drink

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  7. Tama's Tigre

    Tama's Tigre Been here awhile

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    Do you have any pix? It would be great to be able to see the Top 10 Unpaved Roads in Mexico!

    Thanks :freaky
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  8. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    The trip from Creel to Batopilas covers one of each.

    Chihuahua 23 for paved:
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    And Samachique to Batopilas for dirt (mostly for the unbelievable scenery):
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  9. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    This one isn't bad either:
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    But you gotta watch out for the trucks... :eek1
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    :ricky


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  10. Tama's Tigre

    Tama's Tigre Been here awhile

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    Gustavo,

    Thanks for the great road picks, and the great pix! A local told me that "Espinazo Del Diablo" was one of the best paved roads in Mexico, from Saltillo to Mazatlan. Can you give us the route(s)?

    Thanks again :clap
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    It's route 40 and it's from Mazatlan to Durango not Saltillo. Dan
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    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Yeah, what Dan said, it's "only" those 300 odd kms from Durango to Mazatlan that are interesting... :ricky


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  13. dtop1

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    The following are four fantastic moto roads:

    Hwy 120 from Cadereyta, QRO to Jalpan, QRO: there are about a thousand curves in 120 kms.

    Hwy 105 from Huejutla de Reyes, HGO to Pachuca.

    Hwy 175 from Tuxtepec, OAX to Oaxaca

    Hwy 15 (Mil Cumbres) from Morelia, MICH. to Cd. Hidalgo
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    Kiko: The Spanish is almost perfect! I've only been on the part of hwy 85 between Pachuca and a littler past Ixmiquilpan. How is it from there to Tamazunchale?
    If you haven't done Mil Cumbres go there; you won't be disappointed. Or if you want to drop down to the coast hwy 37 from Uruapan to Playa Azul (the free road) won't disappoint either. Dan
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    Here's a shot of hwy 105. Dan
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    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Yo tambien estoy de acuerdo com mis amigos Dan y Kiko. Paraiso Natural indeed.

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    Here's a shot of the Jalpan Mission:
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  17. Tury

    Tury Been here awhile

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    :deal It is beyond discussion, México has most of it´s states with paved roads with scenery to be admired ( libre roads ), so many towns that have arquitectural buildings that time has stopped, from colonial time and the hospitality of our people.

    And for unpaved roads having not to ride to far is Chihuahua state with it´s now world knowable canyons being the most The Barrancas del Cobre, but I can assure that there 7 canyons that are very dificult to say which are best.

    But our neighbor states of Durango, Sinaloa, Sonora I can say they have incredible roads !,Ive been in some, through out the years:clap
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  18. ldeikis

    ldeikis Dirty daydreamer

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    I took this from the coast up to Oaxaca and that part is the best paved road I've ever been on; best road ridden in two months and 12k miles in Mexico. I know it doesn't compare to the kind of mileage a lot of other folks here have racked up, but I have to say riding southern Mexico and not this road would be a shame. It's tight well-paved corners for HOURS. You actually get kind of sick of it... well, almost.

    It's only amazing for the first half (mileage wise) from the ocean to Oaxaca, then you come out on this high desert plateau and just zip the rest of the way.

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  19. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    That was my thought, too. I remember a couple of times just wishing I could have a straight stretch of road so I could rest for a little bit. Hours of continuous twisties is tiring.

    To the OP, do you have a route number for the Puente de Dios?

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  20. Tama's Tigre

    Tama's Tigre Been here awhile

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    Jamie,

    From Ciudad Valles, take 70 west for about 32 miles, then turn north on La Raya del Cura-el Clarin. When you get to Tamasopo, ask the locals or follow the signs to Puente De Dios.

    Take a swim suit :freaky
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