A few words about maps
With the exception of the large inset, the maps included in
the insets below are taken from 1:250,000 topographics made by the Mexican
National Institute of Statistical Geography and Information.
They are the best maps of the area available to the public—and
they are, in many cases, wrong. Some roads shown are either
washed out or never existed in the first place, and others—many
others—are not shown at all. While it’s always
possible, it’s generally a mistake to be sure you’re on the road
you think you’re on, and it’s best to ask directions from the
locals whenever you can.
Please note: the
insets are best viewed at 800x600 or better. They also, for
the benefit of at least marginal legibility, have large file
sizes—between 75 and 150k (40-80 seconds over 28.8)—please
The large red
inset shows a road map of the region, including highland access
roads and customs checkpoints. The smaller red
insets will give you a better idea of the topography, and
treachery, of the interior. Click on the blue
inset for a closer look at the highland area and our progress
Click on an inset for an enlarged view.