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Free Mexican Road Maps: Handy For Cyclists!

Posted November 21st, 2011

Detailed Map of Mexico Going to Mexico on your bike? If the answer is yes, take a look at (and download) these very detailed – and free! – road maps.

The maps are produced by Mexico’s department of transportation; the Secrectaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes or SCT. They highlight back roads and dirt tracks, as well as main highways. They’ve kindly been put online by Nico, who’s spent the last few months cycling from Canada to Mexico. He says:

My research into Mexico maps or cycling routes was limited to tracking the routes of other cyclists whose blogs I had followed during the planning of my trip, most of which consisted of the coastal highway route after arriving on the mainland at Mazatlan.

After a little hunting, Nico stumbled on a reference to the SCT maps, although the process to pick them up in person seemed a bit complicated. With a bit more Googling, he found the SCT maps online and decided to store them on his own website. Now everyone can download them easily, to refer to on a smartphone or print at a local copy shop.

Thanks, Nico!


A Cyclist’s Week: Crossing Borders In Guatamala And Mexico

Posted July 17th, 2010

Anna KortschakAnna Kortschak is on an open-ended tour of the Americas that may yet turn into an open-ended tour of the world.

She has no fixed plan or time frame and she is in no hurry to get anywhere in particular. Over the past year she has ridden from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Anna goes to some lengths to avoid riding on highways and major roads and if there is a choice between a paved road and an unpaved road she will definitely choose the dirt.

In the latest entry in our Cyclist’s Week series, Anna describes the 7-days around her somewhat misguided attempt to cross the border in a remote protected wilderness area between Guatemala and Mexico. It includes plenty of riding down muddy tracks, encounters with the locals and even a puma!

03_mud-track2.jpgAnd despite the instincts of most bike tourists to never backtrack, Anna does just that when she discovers the path she’s been following wasn’t the right one for her.

Read on to learn about the week of bike touring that (eventually) takes Anna to the Guatemalan border.

If you’d like to contribute to our Cyclist’s Week series, you’d be more than welcome. Read the guidelines here and then get in touch.