Aug 7, 2005, 8:38 AM
Post #11 of 14
Re: [johnv] McAllen to San Miguel de Allende
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Let's clear up just where the Los Indios Bridge is located:
As you Drive the interstate from Mc Allen to Harlingen you take the Brownsville exit at Harlingen. Just as you pass the Harlingen Airport exit, you will encounter the FREE TRADE BRIDGE exit to Los Indios on the right just BEFORE you enter San Benito. From there to Los Indios is about 6 miles of excellent highway. Note that the exit is labelled FREE TRADE BRIDGE not Los Indios.
Once you cross the bridge just keep on the highway to Villa Hermosa then straight through Villa Hermosa and straight on until the highway joins to the coast highway just a bit north of San Fernando. You can't miss it. Just don't start worrying that you might have missed a turn off.
If you take this route, be careful at CD. Victoria. The last time I came this way (in March) I found the signage confusing. You might have to stop and ask. I found it necessary twice. Maybe Brian can tell us if that has been changed.
Brian knows what he is talking about, but I still find that this route is about an hour longer than the route via Monterrey, Ramos Arizpe. I haven't been able to explain the difference. He is right though, the crossing at Los Indios is usually a delight (15 minutes or less) if you must get a temporary import permit for your car, and the countryside is much more beautiful. And he is also right about the tolls. You save a lot more money which might be important as the cost of gasoline in Mexico is about $2.30 a gallon.
Now with all that said, I still personally prefer the Monterrey, Saltillo, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes route, but then that is just personal.
Have a good trip. Adios. jerezano.
(This post was edited by jerezano on Aug 7, 2005, 8:42 AM)