hey, i just got back home to california after 3 months in mexico, with hitchhiking being the primary method of travel. Northen mexico tends to be faster travel than southern mexico, at least in part because the cities are further away from one another.
Anyway, the best place to go are the âcasetasâ or toll booths on the paid âcuotaâ highways. You cant hitch on the actual toll booth, but right behind it is no problem. Some of the mexicans I made friends with said they have been robbed by the toll booth police before, though I had no problems, you may want to hide your money in a sock or somewhereâ¦
The thing with the paid highways is if you end up on an onramp or somewhere other than the toll booths or a gasoline station, youre gonna be there for a long long time. Everyone is in a hurry (after all, they are willing to pay for a faster road) and doesnât want to stop.
The second best place is the gasoline stations (obviously, not those inside the cities.) there you go and ask drivers if they will give you a lift. Pretty easy to get a ride this way as Mexicans seem real willing to give rides to people who donât seem like scumbags. Also, good way to get a long ride with semi-trucks or âtrailersâ this way.
Next best place is at a light or stop sign or speed bump (lots of speed bumps in mexico, especially in the south.) on the âlibreâ or free freeways. Especially in the back of pickup trucks.
Hmm, what elseâ¦ I met a number of Mexican girls who have hitched alone without a problem in mexico, though it may be different for a foreigner and still not something I would personally recommend.
If you end up in Guadalajara and want to go to mexico city take the 616 city bus (4 pesos) to the main bus station, walk towards the supermarket (I think itâs a Giante) behind it you will find the highway. Walk along the highway for maybe 300 meters to the gas station and hitch from there. That is what the locals told me anyway.
If heading to Puerto Vallarta (which is the only place in all of mexico I did not enjoy) or up to mazatlan, take bus 629 to la venta and try to get a ride with a trucker. There are different 629 buses, 629-A, 629-B,629-1, 629-2 and just plain 629. you want just plain 629. it can be caught behind the gas station next to park rojo, which is also where metro station Juarez is. (im pretty sure itâs Juarez, I may be wrongâ¦)
If going from mexico city north go to politechnico metro station and take a bus (around 10 pesos I think) to the caseta. Itâs about a 45 minute bus ride. Maybe longer.
If heading south to puebla or oaxaca, take the metro to pennon Viejo and catch a bus to chalco. There is a gas station there.
These are the only tips I will give as they were given to me by locals. In other cities I found spots on my own and donât know if they happen to be the best ones around.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email. cotosiestalo at yahoo.