Dec 1, 2006, 11:29 AM
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Re: [jose] Zacatecas to Guadalajara via Aguascalientes
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You asked: In short, How long is the Trip from Zacatecas to Guadalajara using that new autopista from Morelos, Zac.?
I can't really tell you the total time. We always stop and eat breakfast in Aguascalientes which makes the total time there about 2 hours. We usually take about 6 hours to Ajijic from Jerez, but then again we are not in a hurry.
The new autopista from Morelos Zacatecas to Aguascalientes cuts at least half an hour off your trip going South and about an hour and 15 minutes coming North. This is due to the fact that you do NOT need to enter Zacatecas City at all or to take that horrendous periferico. Coming North the new autopista does not present any really steep grades over the mountains as does the normal route. And going South everything is downhill and superfast driving. However, there is an even shorter route if you are coming South from Saltillo. At Pozo de Gamboa you take the truck route (two lane but in good condition six months ago) for Palomitas and pick up the Aguascalientes-Zacatecas autopista (turning in the Zacatecas direction at Zóquite. If you think you would be confused just keep on the Saltillo-Zacatecas highway to the Morelos intersection with the new Autopista.
At Aguascalientes, probably the easiest way not to get lost is to take the 3rd Periférico to the East at the entrance to Aguascalientes. It is well marked with transito pesado signs and México, and San Luis Potosí. You must make that left turn from the center lane. Be sure not to occupy any of the other lanes or you may be forced to use the West Periférico which I like more, but which is not well signed. Then just keep following through all the innumerable semaphores until you see México and Lagos de Moreno and Airport signs. It is well signed at the intersections.
Even so, it will take you a good hour to transit the city.
If you look at the Aguascalientes-Guadalajara autopista you will see that Lagos de Moreno is really out of your way. You can shortcut that triangle by taking the exit to San Juan de los Lagos and then pick up the autopista on the other side of San Juan to continue your trip. Time saved? Probably none. Gas and mileage yes. However the road is two lane and the surface a couple of years ago was in fairly sad shape.
I would take the Aguascalientes-Lagos de Moreno autopista to the San Juan de los Lagos toll exit if you do take the San Juan de los Lagos route. Using the libre and exiting at Encarnación de Díaz would just add another hour or so of frustration.
Have a good trip. Adiós. jerezano.
(This post was edited by jerezano on Dec 1, 2006, 11:33 AM)