Traveling South Through The Laredo Texas Border to Lake Chapala

Via - San Luis Potosi  

Other Border Crossings


        This trip will take approximately 11 to 12 hrs.

 

         Matehuala is the midway point for this trip. There are two motels listed.

 

         Casa Inn Matehuala - Inexpensive and comfortable.

 

 

Las Palmas Hotel and Trailer Park  - Moderately priced and very nice.

 

Pets: It is extremely difficult to find a motel that will accept pets. Many travelers report to us that they stay at the "No Tell Motels". These are the motels that have no Check In desks. When you drive in an attendant will approach your vehicle and ask "How many hours?". They will then direct you to a unit with an automatic garage door which will roll down once you enter and park. You enter the rooms through the garage and are served by room service through a revolving dumb waiter. No one ever sees who is in the room. And they don't seem to care if you keep your pets in the garage.

 

 

Las Palmas - A sign in the office says "No Pets" but we know of no one being refused if you have a small animal and it is out of sight while checking in. You will drive right up to the door of your room.

 

Pesos will be required for all tolls in Mexico. Be sure to get a receipt at all toll booths and keep them should you have an accident on a toll road. $3,500 Pesos should be sufficient for the trip if you intend to pay for a night in Matehuala using cash. These motels do take credit cards.

 

Roadway assistance is provided along the toll roads by government run vehicles which carry gas and parts for minor repair. You will see telephones along the toll roads to call for assistance. These green trucks also travel the roads in search of motorist needing assistance.  We refer to them as “Green Angels”.

 

You will find Pemex gas stations along your route.

 

If you are using your road map for reference, DO NOT veer off of this route because you see what might be a shorter route. You will have plenty of time later to get lost in Mexico. Stick to this route on your first trip.

 

There are no motels before Monterey.

 

Make sure you have a full tank of gas and a roll of TP.

 

Driving South on I-35 in Laredo, follow the signs to Bridge (Puente) #1. Turn right on

Houston Street. Turn left on Salinas. This will take you to Bridge #1. Pay toll $ USD.

Set your Trip Meter to 0.

 

The odometer used for measuring this trip in a Mexican car is in Kilometers. Stop at customs on Mexican side of bridge.

 

As you leave the customs gate you will see a sign "Monterey Via Rapida" turn right.

 

Follow signs, Hwy 85D, to Monterey.

 

        

You will see signs along the route that read "Mexico". This refers to Mexico City

 

Kms.

Miles

Directions

 

 

 

27.1

16.8

Frontier check point "Aduana" Mexican Customs. Get in far

 

 

lane marked for autos before reaching the area. Stay out of the left

 

 

lanes because of the heavy truck traffic.

 

 

 

75.3

46.7

Fork in road. Keep to left to enter Monterey 85 Quota (Toll Road).

 

 

 

121.1

75.2

Toll Booth - *

 

 

 

173.5

107.8

Black bull sign on left.

 

 

 

196.4

122

Pemex Gas Station and Garcia Restaurant. Good food and clean restrooms.

 

 

 

200.6

124.6

Sign "Saltillo - Mexico Hwy 40" turn right.

 

 

 

223.3

138.7

Toll Booth - *

 

 

 

248

154.1

Sign "Saltillo" curve right.

 

 

 

268.3

166.7

Black Bull sign on left.

 

 

 

271

168.3

Big Apasco Cement sign.

 

 

 

274.4

170.5

Sign "Matehuala Hwy 57" curve left.

 

 

 

284.3

176.6

Toll Booth - *

 

 

 

328.3

203.9

Toll Booth - * Continue on Hwy 57 to Matehuala.

 

 

 

355.4

220.8

Pemex Gas Station on right.

 

 

 

388.4

241.3

Black bull sign on right.

 

 

 

479.2

297.7

Pemex Gas Station on right.

 

 

 

526.1

326.9

Pemex Gas Station on right as you enter Matehuala. Toll Booth - *

 

 

 

528

328

Las Palmas Motel on left.

 

 

 

530.6

329.6

Casa Inn Matehuala on left. Continue on Hwy 57 to San Louis Potosi.

 

 

 

548.5

340.8

Black Bull sign on left.

 

 

 

552.1

342.4

Overhead sign "Tropic Of Cancer".

 

 

 

575.5

357.6

Black Bull sign on right.

 

 

 

593

368.4

Keep left and follow sign "Mexico - Lagos de Moreno".

 

 

 

714.9

444.2

Pemex Gas Station, Sub Way, and El Potosino Restaurant. Good food

 

 

and exceptional rest rooms. Toll Booth - *

 

 

 

728

452.3

Sign "Lagos de Moreno - Guadalajara Hwy 80" turn right.

 

 

 

757.6

470.7

Toll Booth - *

 

 

 

804

499.5

Follow Hwy 80 to Lagos de Moreno - Guadalajara.

 

 

 

824.3

512.2

Sign "Guadalajara Hwy 80" Turn right. Mexican pottery vendors on

 

 

both sides of the road.

 

 

 

826.7

513.6

Toll Booth - *

 

 

 

829.7

515.5

Sign "Guadalajara - Lagos de Moreno" turn right.

 

 

 

842.7

523.6

Black Bull sign on right.

 

 

 

895.9

556.7

Sign "Guadalajara Hwy 80" turn right.

 

 

 

908.6

564.5

Turn right to Guadalajara

 

 

 

937.5

582.5

Keep right to Guadalajara toll road "Quota".

 

 

 

965.6

599.9

Toll Booth - *

 

 

 

1013.8

629.9

Toll Booth - *

 

 

 

1058.2

657.5

Black Bull sign on right.

 

 

 

1068.1

663.6

Toll Booth - *

 

 

* Refer to “Point To Point Routes In Mexico” for updated tolls.

           

Entronque means “Junction or Intersection” in Mexico.

 

When headed to Guadalajara, Chapala is clearly marked. When you take the Chapala exit on the right, keep left and you will come to the freeway underpass. As soon as you go under the underpass turn right to get on the freeway which will take you to Chapala / Ajijic.

 

Welcome to Lake Chapala