Sep 17, 2010, 5:44 PM
Post #9 of 14
You might as well be speaking about most Mexican highways that are traversed 365 days a year. The Mina - Tuxtla highway does not flood! It may get washed out and have mud slides, but you can expect that in any highland road in the rainy season, which incidentally goes into November, and does not turn off in September.
Re: [catemaco] Trip Plans and Flooding
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I can assure you that the Minatitlan-Tuxtla Gutierrez autopista is one of the worst stretches of toll road in Mexico. Incomparably worse than any other stretch of completed autopista between Nuevo Laredo and Tuxtla Gutierrez via Puebla and Veracruz and then on to Tapachula near the border with Guatemala. In fact, the autopistas along this route are excellent in general except in certain parts of the Veracruz coastal plain where the wetlands are unstable and road maintenance is difficult.That highway was coming apart within months, perhaps weeks, after it was opened a few years ago, and was clearly built by corrupted contractors. It is an ongoing and serious local scandal in Chiapas widely reported in the local press. Chiapanecos have been up in arms over the inferior roadway for years because that inferior roadway is harmful for the state´s push for additional tourism and increased commerce. I have driven that road many times since 2005 and while the road has been improved somewhat since then, this substandard roadbed is prone to constant deterioration and anyone who drives it repeatedly knows that. I was going to suggest that the OP, in order to get to Tuxtla Gutierrez, drive instead through Oaxaca City through Tehuantepec and Juchitan but just recently, Highway 200 was flooded and closed. Alternatively one could drive through Tabasco and then through Palenque up to Ocosingo but they are experiencing serious flooding there now unless the situation has been remedied.
This has been a very difficult rainy season in Southern Mexico and they have had some terrible flooding and/or killer mudslides in Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca State. Perhaps CAPUFE has the ear of God and can tell you for sure that Hurricane Karl will not make the situation even worse later this week.
By the way, despite the deplorable condition of some of the autopista from Minatitlan to Tuxtla Gutierrez (at least as of April of this year when we last drove it), I highly recommend this drive as one of the most beautiful mountainous drives in all of Mexico. Well worth the drive if the roadway is clear.
The true rainy season in Chiapas lasts from May to September (according to with whom you are speaking), not November regardless of bureacratic methods of measuring rainfall in any given season. Keep in mind, however, that some rains, no matter how intermittent, can occur at any time of the year in Chiapas which, incidentally, has a number of micro-cliimates ranging from tropical wetlands and forests to arid tropical forests and plains to cool to cold, temperate mountainous lands to protected rain forests to arid coastlands, some areas with copious rains and some more arid in character depending on weather phenomena and topographical issues.
We can report measurable rainfall at our homes both at Lake Chapala and in the Chiapas Highlands at the height of the dry season but, during the dry season (October to June at Lake Chapala and October to May in San Cristóbal generally speaking) the rain that occasionally occurs will be insufficient to cause flooding or earth movements so one can normally set off on road trips without concern as to floods or landslides.
Now, Sunny, you can believe anyone you wish to believe. No skin off my back.
I must say that I am responding to poster Catemaco who has a useful blog about the Catemaco area and the Tuxtlas. Well worth reviewing. Informative and sometimes amusing. believe this to be a beautiful area and enjoy detouring through there on my way from Chapala to Chiapas when I get a chance. In fact, in the past, I´ve recommended a detour there on the autopista from Fortin de Las Flores where we normally overnight, to Chiapas.The drive through San Andres Tuxtla and Catemaco is well worth the tourist´s time during the work week if the roads are clear. You can take this drive and access the autopista again at Acayucan and it is well worth the extra time. Maybe the next time we´ll overnight in that area. Maybe even stay a few days but then we must move on.
(This post was edited by Hound Dog on Sep 17, 2010, 7:09 PM)