Dec 29, 2010, 10:58 AM
Post #3 of 19
Well, there is no cuota that runs from Guad to PV. The only cuota would be from Guad towards Tepic, turn off around Chapalila (plainly marked) on another short cuota over to Compostela and Highway 200, then down a pretty congested (some call it very dangerous!) Hiway 200 to PV. I'm sure you know all of this.
The road that chicois8 is referring to is not cuota (unless there a 'new' portion out of Guad to Ameca but this could only be about 25 miles max.) and is not new. From Ameca west on Hiway 70 it is 2-lane in fairly good condition (for Mexican 2-lanes), but one will be limited to around 50 mph due to traffic and general road conditions. This is the road, BTW, to Talpa de Allede if you have not been there. Then is does go to/thru Mascota which is a nice town. It is past Mascota that this road might be considered 'new', but in reality it has been there in its current form for several years.... previously one could only get from Mascota to PV in the dry season and then 'only' with a high-clearance vehicle or 4WD.
So maybe 5 years ago? they constructed a highway over the mountains from Mascota to around San Sebastian de Oeste and then on down the mountain to Las Palmas outside/northeast of Nueva Vallarta. A bridge spanning a deep gorge was put in about 2 years ago on this route. But as is the case with much Mexican road construction this route from Mascota down towards Las Palmas, much of it very 'mountainous', succumbs to deterioration during the rainy season and is often closed for some days when the mountainside caves off covering or worse yet wiping out the road.
I took this route last year coming back from PV to Chapala (I had done it before and enjoyed the 'newness' of it then). I said 'not again'... I'll just take the cuota and pay the tolls... which are around 300 pesos today. Well, I have a short memory so last week I took it from Lake Chapala down to PV. My route, from Jocotopec thru Villa Corona then thru San Martin de Hidalgo to Ameca was about 75% construction and it took me forever. From Ameca on it was OK. BUT, I have reaffirmed that I won't go that way again.... been there done that!
Although this route looks like it might be shorter in time (it is in distance!), it is not, even if one hits no construction as I did last week. It is longer. It might also 'wear you out'. But if you have never taken it before I'd say by all means.... new sights. And no tolls. But if you are looking for a better route to PV, this is not it. YMMV
(This post was edited by RickS on Dec 29, 2010, 2:32 PM)