Feb 3, 2010, 6:06 PM
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Re: [welovemexico] Santa Theresa-San Jeronimo border crossing
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We have made the trip both north and south through the Santa Teresa crossing so many times that there are not even any "surprise topes" left to discover!
Old way of doing the trip:
Going South: 1st partial day - Albuquerque to exit 13 north of El Paso to stay overnight. 2nd full day - Up early to cross at Santa Teresa just after it opens and then a full days drive to Torreon. 3rd day - drive to Lake Chapala.
Going North: 1st day - Lake Chapala to Torreon. 2nd day - Up early and arrive at the border around 4 or 5PM and then on into Albuquerque for a very long days drive (approx. 800 miles)
Note: We have stayed both in Gomez Palacio and Torreon at a number of hotels and really didn't care for either town/city.
New way of doing the trip (revised partially in Oct. 08 and done in full Aug. 09
Going South: 1st full day - Leave Albuquerque at 4:00AM to cross border when we get there and then drive to Chihuahua, where we stay at the Hampton Inn. 2nd full day - Leave after daylight and drive to Zacatecas (On the way down, we stayed overnight at the Best Western in centro.) 3rd partial day - Leave at a decent hour and drive to Guadalajara and on out to the Lake arriving in mid afternoon after lunch in Tonala.
Going North: 1st full day - We left Guanajuato but stopped for a few hours of shopping the Zona Piel in Leon before driving north to Zacatecas. On the return, we stayed at Hotel Spa Hacienda del Bosque on the north side of Zacatecas (there are two Hotel Hacienda del Bosques and the one of the north side allowes you to escape town easily in the morning). 2nd full day: Zacatecas to Chihuahua and another stay at the Hampton Inn. 3rd day: Leave at daylight arriving at the border around noon and then on into Albuquerque.
Note: We NEVER drive after dark and stick to the cuotas when available! I will admit to having a bit of a "lead foot" but we are basically talking about 500 mile days and certainly doable.
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