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La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

Driving to La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

Make sure to purchase your Mexican auto insurance before driving to La Paz.

The Transpeninsular Highway or Mexico 1 was completed in 1973. The two lane (one lane in each direction) highway was designed to accommodate two passing semi-trucks heading in opposite directions with hardly any extra room to spare on either side. Today, the highway remains the same narrow width, and for most of the journey there is little to no shoulder. Although thousands of tourists safely make the Transpeninsular trip with their RVs or full size trucks towing large 5th wheel trailers, you will need to be incredibly cautious if you plan to make the drive with a large rig.

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Make sure to get your Mexican auto insurance before you cross the border into Mexico. US and Canadian auto insurance is not valid while driving in Mexico, so you must purchase a Mexican auto insurance policy for the duration of your stay in Mexico. Adventure Mexican Insurance makes it simple to purchase and print your policy online in a matter of minutes. We represent the 4 best Mexican insurance carriers in all of Mexico.

The speed limit for most of the two lane portions of Mexico 1 is just under 50 mph (80 kilometers per hour), and it is highly recommended that you do not exceed this speed. Mexico 1 is about as dangerous as it is beautiful, so don't plan on setting any speed records. It is also strongly recommended that you break up the 1,000 mile trip into at least three days of travel and DO NOT DRIVE MEXICO 1 AFTER DARK! Please see: Driving in Mexico Safety Tips, Mexico Fuel, Baja Driving Distances, Military Checkpoints, Topes, for further information.

La Paz Road Map

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