How long does it take to drive from Santa Teresa to Montezuma? I heard there was a short cut. Is this true?
There is a short-cut that is passable in the dry seaon. I live in Montezuma, and I drove it a couple of weeks ago and it ihas not rained much since then, so I think you will still be good. But check locally before you set out.
When you leave Sta Teresa towards Cobano, take a right a bit past the gas station and before the restaurant callied 'The Doghouse". The road takes you to an area called Delicias (my neighbourhood). After a few km (maybe 6?) you get to a T junction
At the T junction, turn right again and you will be on the main Cobano - Delicias road. You'll pass a school, and when you get to the Y junction at the cemetary (like 1 .5 km) , bear left, ignore the firts turn off, but aat the next Y junction bear right.
You will pass landmarks, all on the lefthand side of the road - a sign for Anamaya resort. Suntrails Ziplining, Butterfly Gardens. You then hit hit a very steep downhill (take it easy there). At the bottom, turn left and you are virtually in Montezuma.
If you get confused at all through Delicious, just ask somebody, or even better offer them a lift, and they can direct you.
I hope this helps - let me know if I need to add more clarification, preferably PM. I live on the route - so we do this trip pretty much everyday.
If you have to go through Cobano,, the long way, it will take you about 1.5 I'm guessing
Agree with yellowbrick cr...about one hour and half...by Cobano that is the way I´ll take without a 4x4...
How long does the shortcut take?
The shortcut is about 40 minutes
oops - on the shortcut - I said
"At the T junction, turn right again and you will be on the main Cobano - Delicias road. You'll pass a school, and when you get to the Y junction at the cemetary (like 1 .5 km) , bear left, ignore the firts turn off, but at the next Y junction bear right."
Drop the "ignore the first turn-off" instruction
Sorry for my broken English...I will not take the short cut without a 4x4...
Hi Road Advisor
My truck has 4x4 - but when I drove the shortcut a couple of weeks ago I did not have to use it at all.
That not to say that you wouldn't need it today after the rain last night, so that's good advice. The conditions can change anytime.
PS - Your English is not broken at all : )
I think that the 'short-cut' is the route from Mal Pais to Cabuya....at least, that is the short-cut I would take..
It tends to deteriorate quickly when the rains arrive, and parts of the road could be impassable depending on how much rain fell in previous days. Definitely a 4x4 road. If it is passable, it will take at least 20 minutes on a perfect day (dry season after the grader leveled the ruts), could be longer (all day) if you get stuck!
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