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Route: Mazatlán to Teacapán
Date: December 18, 2008
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: Pickup with Camper towing a Jeep Wrangler (40 Ft. Total Length)
We travel south first on the crowded Mazatlán bypass route and then a major busy 4-lane divided road and then two lane road for 15.8 miles (25.5 km) to an intersection in Villa Union. There we have the choice of continuing south via the cuota or the libre road. As today’s drive is short and travels through mostly flat countryside, we will take the libre road. The road is 2-lane with mostly no shoulders and some rough areas from surface patching. This is not a high speed drive.
At Escuinapa we follow the signs through town and connect up with the 2-lane paved road which travels 22.4 easy miles (36.1 km) to the small town of Teacapán on the coast.
000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- Split in road where we ended the previous day’s driving log. Left is to Tepic and right is to Mazatlán Playas. In our book, Traveler’s Guide To Mexican Camping, this is the junction we called the North Entrance Junction. We are on Mex 15 heading south.
We are on a 4-lane divided city highway.
000.4 Miles (000.6 Km) -- Km 291 marker.
000.8 Miles (001.3 Km) – A big Soriana grocery store is on the left.
001.0 Miles (001.6 Km) -- Pemex #6265 is on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.
001.2 Miles (001.9 Km) -- Bodega Aurrera grocery store is on the left.
002.3 Miles (003.7 Km) -- Ley grocery store is on the right.
002.4 Miles (003.9 Km) -- Pemex #5414 is on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.
003.1 Miles (005.0 Km) -- Pemex #5432 with magna, premium and diesel is on the left. It has a big parking area but because of its urban location is probably not a good overnighting location. Pemex #1767 with magna, premium, and diesel is on the right. A road to Mazatlán Centro goes to the right just past these 2 Pemexes. We continue straight.
003.7 Miles (006.0 Km) -- Km 286 marker.
003.9 Miles (006.3 Km) -- Enter the town of Urias (2 series of small topes).
004.1 Miles (006.6 Km) – Under a yellow pedestrian overpass.
005.0 Miles (008.1 Km) -- Pemex #7909 is on the right with magna, premium and diesel.
005.4 Miles (008.7 Km) -- Km 283 marker.
005.6 Miles (009.0 Km) -- Enter the small town of Col La Sirena (no topes).
007.4 Miles (011.9 Km) – Enter the town of El Castillo at Km 280 (series of small topes).
007.9 Miles (012.7 Km) -- Pemex # 3996 on the right with magna, premium and diesel. This is a big station with good access and a truck parking lot in the back.
010.4 Miles (016.8 Km) -- Km 275 marker.
011.1 Miles (017.9 Km) -- Mazatlán Parque Industrial is on the right.
011.4 Miles (018.4 Km) – A road to the right is to the Aeropuerto (series of small topes). We continue straight.
011.8 Miles (019.0 Km) -- Pemex #9561 with magna, premium and diesel is on the left just after Km 273 marker.
013.2 Miles (021.3 Km) -- End of 4-lane divided highway. The road is now 2-lane with wide shoulders.
014.2 Miles (022.9 Km) – Enter the small town of El Pozole (no topes).
014.7 Miles (023.7 Km) – Bridge.
014.9 Miles (024.0 Km) -- Off of the bridge and we enter the town of Villa Union (no topes). The road becomes 4-lane divided with trees and lamp poles between the lanes.
015.2 Miles (024.5 Km) -- End of 4-lane.
015.7 Miles (025.3 Km) -- Pemex #1781 with magna, premium and diesel on the right. This is a very large station with good access. This Pemex has a bank machine, a Star Store, and a gravel lot in the back for parking. Prices for fuel here were diesel 7.23 pesos per liter, magna 7.66 pesos per liter, and premium 9.57 pesos per liter.
015.8 Miles (025.5 Km) -- Turnoff left is for Mex 40 to Durango and the Tepic Cuota. We follow the road straight ahead for the Tepic Libre. The libre is 2-lane with wide shoulders (which quickly disappear) and is rough in places from patching.
017.3 Miles (027.9 Km) -- Gravel pull off on the right just before the Km 264 marker.
017.5 Miles (028.2 Km) – The libre passes under the cuota road.
017.7 Miles (028.5 Km) -- End of shoulders.
017.9 Miles (028.9 Km) – Enter the small town of Ejido Caleritas with nothing on the highway but a bus stop (no topes).
019.1 Miles (030.8 Km) -- Big gravel pull off on the right with a garbage barrel.
021.3 Miles (034.4 Km) – Enter the small town of Tres Hermanos (no topes).
022.0 Miles (035.5 Km) -- Gravel lot for parking with a garbage barrel on the right and a sanctuary on the hill above.
022.3 Miles (036.0 Km) -- Km 256 marker.
023.7 Miles (038.2 Km) – The town of Agua Caliente is to the left.
027.1 Miles (043.7 Km) – Enter the town of El Huajote (2 series of small topes).
027.3 Miles (044.0 Km) -- Out of town at the Km 248 marker.
030.9 Miles (049.8 Km) – Enter the small town of Tablon Viejo with nothing on the highway but a bus stop (no topes).
031.0 Miles (050.0 Km) -- Out of town at the Km 242 marker.
033.1 Miles (053.4 Km) – Enter the small town of Ejido Tablon No 1 (no topes).
033.3 Miles (053.7 Km) -- Out of town.
034.2 Miles (055.2 Km) – Enter the small town of El Portezuelo (no topes).
035.1 Miles (056.6 Km) -- Restaurant El Tana on the right and big parking areas on both sides of the road.
035.7 Miles (057.6 Km) – The town of Las Higueras to the left.
036.6 Miles (059.0 Km) – The town of Rincon de Higueras signed as 2 km to the left.
037.4 Miles (060.3 Km) -- Km 232 marker.
037.6 Miles (060.6 Km) – The town of Potrerillos is to the left. We continue straight and the libre here is parallel to the cuota.
039.0 Miles (062.9 Km) – The small town of Otates with nothing on the highway but a bus stop (no topes).
042.3 Miles (068.2 Km) -- Km 224 marker.
042.6 Miles (068.7 Km) -- Enter the town of Rosario (2 series of small topes).
042.9 Miles (069.2 Km) -- Pemex #7430 on the right with magna, premium and diesel and an Oxxo store. This station has good RV access.
043.1 Miles (069.5 Km) – A road goes right to Rosario Centro and the cuota. We continue straight.
043.3 Miles (069.8 Km) -- Pemex #1778 on the left with magna, premium and diesel and an Oxxo store. This is a big station with good access.
043.8 Miles (070.6 Km) – At Puente Rio Baluarte. There is an exit just before the bridge for the Malecon to the right.
044.2 Miles (071.3 Km) -- End of the bridge.
044.4 Miles (071.6 Km) -- Series of small topes.
044.5 Miles (071.8 Km) – A road goes to the left signed for Mazatlán. We continue straight for Tepic (series of small topes).
048.0 Miles (077.4 Km) – The libre road passes over the cuota.
051.9 Miles (083.7 Km) – Enter the small town of Rincon del Verde (no topes).
054.8 Miles (088.4 Km) -- Km 204 marker.
056.6 Miles (091.3 Km) – Over a bridge and we enter the town of Escuinapa.
056.9 Miles (091.8 Km) -- We turn right on a one way street signed for Tepic, Guadalajara, and Teacapán. This is the ring route around central Escuinapa.
057.6 Miles (092.9 Km) -- We turn right at a T (a gravel road continues straight) on a paved road signed for Teacapán. We are now leaving Escuinapa and the road is 2-lane paved with no shoulders and good surfacing.
058.0 Miles (093.5 Km) – Level crossing of the railroad tracks. Pemex #5274 with magna, premium and diesel and a carwash and store is on the right just after the tracks.
058.3 Miles (094.0 Km) -- Sign says Teacapán 39 Km.
061.3 Miles (098.9 Km) – Enter the small town of Agua Dulce (no topes).
063.2 Miles (101.9 Km) – Enter the small town of La Estacada (no topes).
067.0 Miles (108.1 Km) -- Enter the town of Isla del Bosque (no topes).
067.5 Miles (108.9 Km) -- Turnoff right is to Playas Las Cabras. We continue straight.
080.4 Miles (129.7 Km) -- Entering the town of Teacapán.
See out book Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for Teacapán camping possibilities
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