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Loreto, Baja Sur, Mexico

Driving to Loreto

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.

Mexican auto insurance is needed for all foreign vehicles that enter Mexico. Your US or Canadian auto insurance is not recognized by the Mexican authorities, and it will not cover accidents that occur in Mexico. You can quickly and easily purchase your Mexican insurance from our website in less than 5 minutes!

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 for further information on driving safely in Baja.

Loreto Road Map

Loreto Baja Map