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Route Suggestion - Ixtapa Heading North

Can anyone suggest a route north from Ixtapta to Copper Canyon?

Riding routes around or south of Ixapta?

Also, heading north from Copper Canyon back to the U.S., is the Baja a better route?

I'm headed south on the Baja, but is that the beet (scenic) route north again. Headed back to B.C from there.

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Ixtapa heading north

If you are still in BAja then I assume you will be taking the ferry to Mazatlan and then down the coast to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo .Great route!
If you want to head north from Zihuatanejo you have a choice of going back west up the coast on Mex 200 to Lazaro Cardenas/la Mira and taking Mex 37 north to Uruapan and into the Bajio with its multitude of route choices north to Zacatecas.Mex 37 is a great route into the temperate highland interior.
A second choice , and longer would be to go 15km north of Ixtapa on Mex 200 then turn inland on Mex 134 which goes northeast to Cd.Altamirano , then take Mex51 nort to Zitacuaro on Mex 15 ,in the south edge of the Bajio , then go west to
Morelia , North to Irapuato,Leon, Aguascalientes to Zacatecas .
From ZAC/ZAC you can either take Mex 45 north to Durango,DGO and Hidalgo del Parral or Mex49 north past Torreon/Gomez Palacio to Jimenez and from there west to Hgo.del Parral . From there it is a question of taking Mex 24 west to the turnoff north onto Mex23 to Balleza ,Guachochi and you are IN the Copper Canyon country , then north to Creel .
All these roads are wonderful for the most part, been there done them.
As it is now past mid October be ready for some brisk to downright cold weather in the northern high country. It does snow there during winter, you know. The high country in the west of Chihuahua and Sonora and Durango can get severe snow dumps from late November into March .If you wind up in te region during that period be ready to hasten to lower ground if the weather systems move in offf the North Pacific
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Thanks for the info.

I should have mentioned I'm not going until mid Feb - I'm still on the wet coast of BC.

Thanks for the heads up on the snow. Didn't know that.
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Still in BC? In that case....get yourself a good guide book

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Unhappy Ixtapa heading north

Sorry Pat, still a work in progress after my summer vacation .These things take a lot of time.
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