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Mexcaltitan

shf
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Mexcaltitan

We are five coming to San Pancho in July. We would like to hire a car and driver for a day trip to Mexcaltitan. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Mexcaltitan

It is probably 3 1/2+ hours driving and boat travel time from San Pancho to Mexcaltitan. plus a few hours exploring the island and lunch makes for a long day driving, I would do a circle route returning through San Blas and staying the night there, then along the coast to Las Varas and back on highway 200 south...

I would rtent a car from Gecko in Bucerias...http://www.geckorentcar.com

Edited: 30 May 2013, 05:55
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2. Re: Mexcaltitan

Thanks for your reply.

Although we'll have a car we think it might be more enjoyable to leave really early if someone else could drive. On the other hand if we do the trip ourselves do you have any advice that would be helpful. Last year we drove from Bucerias to San Blas with a side trip to La Tovara. It was most interesting and not difficult. Is the road from San Blas about the same quality? Are the boats to Mexcaltitan easily available?

Muchas Gracias

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Hi there: We´ve driven from app. a half hour from San Pancho towards Puerto Vallarta to where you would take the ferry across (called La Batanga), but decided not to go across as it was getting late.. There were tons of boats waiting though.

From the time we left until we arrived at the docks was 5 hours, but we stopped for gas and an ice cream cone in the closest town, called Santiago Ixcuintla (nice place in its own right: the equivalent of the County Seat) So, from San Pancho, it should take you 4 hours plus the ferry each way. We went via San Blas and returned via Tepic. Both took about the same amount of time, but the roads via Tepic are better. They aren´t bad past San Blas but we went in March. you would be going in rainy season so it´s hard to know.

My own feeling is it really isn´t reasonable as a day trip but if you want to try, make sure you do a bit of research on conditions on Mexcaltitán in July . If there have been heavy rains, you might not even be able to go. There is a good description in the Moon Guide to the Pacific Coast (or another guidebook I forget) . It used to be online but I found it unavailable when I searched just now. Regardless, though, you should leave by 7 am, and leave early to mid afternoon so as to be back by dark.

When we go, we will stay overnight in a hotel in Santiago Ixcuintla, leave the car there in their secure lot (There is a hotel called Casino Plaza with a restaurant onsite) and take a cab to the docks and either return for a second night or stay overnight at the hotel on the Island called Ruta Azteca. (You can find all this info in Guidebooks). It definitely did not feel safe to leave a vehicle overnight in the parking lot where you take the ferry as there is no one around at all, no attendents, no houses. Fine during the day though.

If you want to try to organize a tour, contact Superior Tours Vallarta (Astrid). To my knowledge there are no organized tours out of Vallarta, only out of Mazatlán. When Vallarta Adventures had a tour, it was partly by air (which gives you an idea of how far it is time-wise).

Good luck.

Edited: 05 June 2013, 13:41
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