Nov 10, 2005, 8:38 AM
Post #9 of 16
These comments remind me of our own nightmare trying to find the East Periferico coming in from Puebla. We saw no signs either and ended up hopelessly lost around the airport. We had a license plate that would not normally have allowed us to drive on that day but it was a national holiday so we could drive.
Sure enough, these two thugs in uniforms pullled us over (we had California plates) and gleefully informed us that we could not drive on that day and it was going to cost us $4,000 Pesos to avoid impoundment of our car.
My wife informed him that it was a national holiday and, as a result, we could drive on that day. Well, he told us, of course you are right but you changed a lane back there without giving a signal. Today, we would fight this but we were new in the country and quite anxious to get to Queretaro before dark so we asked him how much a ticket would cost us for an illegal lane change. He told us that was only $2,000 Pesos payable on the spot as it wasa national holiday.
My wife told him there was no way we would pay that much money to him. Well, in that case, the cop said, I'll have to take your driver's license. She gets really irrritated (knowing he can't legally do this) and tells him to just take the damn thing. Of course, it was my license she was referring to - not hers. This really freaked me out but my wife was adamant and the cop could pretty much see this was going nowhere so he say, "Well, just how much will you give me?" My wife says, "$200 Pesos. The cops says no, he needs at least $400 Pesos.
Keep in mind that we were hopelessly lost and faced with driving at night to Queretaro so I figured it was make a deal time. We told the cop that we would pay him the $400 Pesos if he would escort us to the periferico (we were looking a for cab to lead us anyway) and, for $400 Pesos, we were escorted with lights flashing and sirens wailing to the periferico.
We have taken the " western periferico" through D.F. from Toluca to Puebla and have also taken the "eastern periferico" from Puebla via Texcoco and the hellish Coacalco. We would always opt for the western route. You may think Coacalco is in the country when you look at your map. You will be in for a surprise.
We have friends from Oaxaca who bring valuable carpets with them from Oaxaca to sell in Ajijic and they refuse to drive even through the state of Mexico, much less the city as they swear that the state police and district police are all corrupt and dangerous. They drive from Guadalajara to Oaxaca via Queretaro, Pachuca and Tlaxcala.That is a scenic drive on both freeways (free?) and poorly marked back country roads. It really takes no longer than going through DF if you consider the traffic hassles.
(This post was edited by Bubba on Nov 10, 2005, 8:43 AM)