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Post by cypress on Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:47 am

It has been many years since I drove to PV. What is the best (easiest to navigate, good road surface, etc. price doesn't matter, most gas stations) route to take?

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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:54 am

I always take all the toll highways. The macrolibriemento, the 15D, the Jala to Compestela and then the 200 to PV. Look at it on Google maps.

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Post by cypress on Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:51 am

Thanks CanuckBob

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Post by cypress on Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:43 am

No problems driving to PV. More problems driving back as what little signage there is is confusing. You often don't know if you are on highway 15D or 200 as they aren't marked.
Too bad they didn't have a large sign on both ends showing the layout of the roads.

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Post by inthecolumbiagorge on Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:03 am

We just drove to Puerto Vallarta from Lake Chapala last month. I wanted to take the most scenic route so drove the 70 route. It was VERY scenic but lots of climbing and going down hills. The front brakes in my 3/4 ton diesel pickup overheated so we pulled over at a scenic spot and let the dogs out for about 15 minutes. Continued on our way with no further issues. Even with the brakes overheating it was a very beautiful drive but if you are looking for the easiest route I would not recommend the highway 70.

Actually the toll highway is a lovely drive as well:-)
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Post by PoCo2012 on Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:44 pm

We drove there and back this week...San Luis Soyatlan (south shore) to PV, Feb. 4th (a holiday) and back Feb. 7th.  The CLEARLY marked roads from here to Compostela are very nice toll roads.  There is a bit of a hiccup, but CLEARLY marked switchback, where the fancy new road (that will someday connect to PV) meets the rest of the system. There are giant overhead signs marking the way.  Past Compostela to PV is the same old....narrow, no shoulder road.  We saw mountainous areas that are, just now, being cleared of forest, so will not be ready for years. Traffic from PV to Guadalajara is crazy.  Distance from our house to Compostela is great...the remaining 100 kms. from Composetla to Bucarisis, especially if a holiday weekend...well, prepare for the last 100 kms of idling along. We took 5 1/2 hours to get there on Monday and 5 hours to return...and DH does not doddle.
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Post by borderreiver on Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:45 pm

Has anyone done the math flying versus driving versus bus and factoring in your precious time? Sure road trips are nice but, once done? I'm curios flying and best deal car rental. A C$50 to C$70.00 one way Guad To PVR is kinda hard to beat. The time and the taxi fare to Ajijic is a killer.
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Post by ferret on Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:10 pm

imho, There is only one place to rent a car close to PV and that is Gecko Car Rental in Bucerias. 01 329 298 0339 The owner is Dennis and he has very good cars and reasonable prices. They are serviced on the premises. Dennis is a gem and knows customer service. You can be met at the airport in PV or ?
Just to give you an idea of his concept of customer service... when the main bridge into San Pancho was washed away and we couldn't get out of town because the river was still raging, one of his guys drove a rental car up to the entrance to San Pancho and handed us the keys. I had to walk the plank over the river to meet them. Then, that driver drove back in a car that had been sent to follow. Service above and beyond.
I highly recommend Dennis and his employees.
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