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Puebla Driving Directions
Welcome to the mexbound.com guide to driving to Puebla. We strive to provide you with firsthand, detailed information on driving directions and maps to Puebla, Mexico. Before you leave on your next adventure south of the border, be sure to purchase Mexican Insurance from mexbound.com. Remember, mexbound.com is "the first choice for the smart traveler." Puebla is located 1,957 miles south of the U.S. border at San Ysidro, California. Driving in Mexico can be challenging, as large trucks and buses will pass in the opposite direction. Make sure you get gas, whenever you see a gas station, as you may not see another open one for hundreds of miles. Avoid driving at night; you may run into cows or other animals in the road. Also, it is rare, but be careful of banditos. Look for cars that are broken down on the highway; these usually are traps, and many tourists get robbed. If you see a car broken down dont feel bad for not stopping. The government pays a group of billigual mechanics called the Green Angels that patrol the highways looking for people in need. If you are driving to Puebla, you will need a permit for your personal vehicle. Mexican Vehicle Permits can be obtained at Banjercito offices located along the border. You will also need a Mexican Tourist Visa if you plan on staying in Mexico more than 72 hours. Mexican Visa permits can be obtained at Mexican Embassies and Consulates within the U.S. and Canada, or at the port of entry with Mexican Consulate Officials.
Driving from San Diego to Puebla via Baja California Highway 1
Driving through Baja Californi,a then taking the ferry to the mainland of Mexico, may take longer than other routes; however if you have the time this could be a very scenic and adventurous journey. From San Diego take the 5 or 805 freeway south to the U.S. - Mexico border (San Ysidro crossing). Both freeways end at the border so take your pick. After crossing the border, stay in the second lane from the right. Follow the signs that say "Rosarito Beach, Ensenada Scenic Route". This road will take you along the Mexico / U.S. border heading west as you come to the top of the hill, move into the right lane. At the bottom of that hill the road will fork Left and Right, take the fork to the right. It is marked with arrows Rosarito/ Ensenada Cuota. (Cuota means Toll Road). There are three toll booths in total before Ensenada. After you pass the last toll booth it's about six miles to Ensenada proper. About one mile before you get there you'll come to a fork in the road, stay to the "right" and this will take you into town. Get onto the Trans Peninsula Highway or Mexico Highway 1. Stay on Mexico Highway 1 until you reach La Paz. The drive to La Paz is about 22 hours (926 miles) south of San Diego, California. At La Paz you can board a ferry with your vehicle that will take you across the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlan in mainland Mexico (approximately 18 hours). From Mazatlan get on Mexico Highway 15 and follow the signs towards Puebla, it is on the way to Mexico City.
It is extremely important, that if you are planning on driving through Baja California that you call ahead of time to make sure the ferries to mainland Mexico are running. The ferries only run a couple of times per month. Prices and schedules are subject to change without notice. There are also restrictions on pets. To Contact the Ferry Ticket Offices in La Paz call (612) 125-7443 or 123-1313 or Toll Free 01 (800) 122-1414
Driving to Puebla from Mexico City
The directions provided in this section are opinionated general guidelines for driving to Puebla, Mexico. We offer these directions, to show possible driving routes to Puebla. Highways and road conditions are constantly changing, be sure to consult a Mexico road map for official driving routes in Mexico.