Jun 12, 2012, 9:56 PM
Post #10 of 10
You might wish to take this same route I replyed to another poster a few minutes ago.
(previous post to another OP)
I am robt65. I take that route to the Anzalduas International Bridge fairly frequently. I have made three round trips in the past four months. I am leaving again later this week for another round trip due to my need for medical care at the VA in McAllen, TX. There are a lot of $50 to $60 dollar clean hotels on the US side of the border
I travel all the time in a recent model Tahoe with and without, a 16 foot enclosed cargo trailer. I have so far (past two and a half years) had very uneventful trips. I can tell you that the drive between the west end of Reynosa (Anzalduas International Bridge) across from Mission, TX is a really easy and so far a very safe route for myself. There are a lot of Federal Police patrolling. They (Federal Police) are also very helpful if you need directions, including one time an escort for me at a particular turn-off, to reach the Monterrey Periferico in the beginning when I wasn’t sure of the direction.
I will also suggest that once past the second toll booth going west, you want to make sure that you gas up at every Pemex you see. There a few spots between the Monterrey Periferico (first toll booth coming east from the west) and entering Reynosa that are a long distance without gas stations. I now will always gas up at every station I see before entering the Monterrey Periferico going east and also coming from the west towards 57 south to Mexico.
As far as the necessary) car permit, immigration and aduana offices, all are on one easy site. You park and take care of business all in one building. I would suggest an early start as that would get you from Mission, Texas to Matahuala for an overnight stay. You would probably arrive around three to four PM. It gets dark there around 7:45 PM, and not light until around 7:15 AM (two weeks ago). I would really discourage you trying to go farther than Matahuala on the first day. The trip to Queretaro can be made in a long (and after dark) arrival to San Luis Potosí and on to Queretaro in about 12 to 13 hours, but it is a very tiring trip. It is far safer to overnight in Matahuala.
If you do overnight there in Matahuala, let me suggest the La Noria restaurant . . . . right across from the Las Palmas Hotel for one of the finest meals you can get in Mexico at a really fair price. The place is also extremely clean and the service second to none . . . anywhere . . . including NOB. That includes all three meals. When is the last time you were greeted at the door by a waiter? Beware that in the morning at the Las Palmas eggs and sausage means actually eggs and Hotdogs! . . . . . . . as in wieners!!!! Over easy eggs aren’t understood but they sure are across the street. No I do not have any financial interest in the La Noria . . . . . . . wish I did! (smiling)
Have a good and safe trip.