In the vibrant heart of Latin America, where mariachi rhythms echo amidst ancient pyramids and sun-kissed beaches, the roads of Mexico unfold stories of legends, beauty, and heart-pounding adventures. Take a journey down the serpentine Carretera Federal 1, where the Pacific's relentless waves play a tantalizing duet with the silent whispers of the desert. Traverse the mesmerizing Espinazo del Diablo, aptly named the 'Devil's Backbone', for its spine-chilling twists and treacherous turns.
But for those yearning for an unparalleled driving escapade, Mexico 40D, also known as the Autopista Durango-Mazatlán, awaits. This engineering marvel, etched through the rugged terrains of the western Sierra Madre, boasts an intricate network of bridges and tunnels, each offering a unique window into Mexico's grandeur. And if the mountains call out to your wanderlust soul, the road to Sierra Negra, perched high in the clouds, provides breathtaking panoramas that are nothing short of poetic.
Yet, beyond the asphalt and the scenic detours, it's the spirit of Mexico that truly enchants. The warm smiles of its people, the allure of its street markets, and the haunting beauty of its landscapes make every kilometer a testament to the nation's rich tapestry of history and culture. So, fuel up, tune into some vibrant salsa beats, and let the captivating routes of Mexico lead you to memories that will last a lifetime.
Espinazo del Diablo is a famous mountain road in Mexico. Located between Mazatlan on the west coast of mainland Mexico and Durango, this road is known by locals and internationally for its hairpins and zigzags turns. The road lies almost entirely over 2.000 meters above the sea level.
We should start this article off with a disclaimer, and so we will. Nobody should deliberately go looking for the world’s most dangerous roads with the intention of driving down them.
Mil Cumbres (One Thousand Hills in Spanish) is a very scenic drive in Michoacán state, in Mexico.
Carretera Federal 1 is the name of a very dangerous highway in Mexico following the length of the Baja California Peninsula.
La Rumorosa is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.232m (4,042ft) above the sea level, located in Baja California, Mexico.
Mexico 40D is an amazing journey in the western Sierra Madre of Mexico. Also known as the Autopista Durango-Mazatlán, it’s one of Mexico’s greatest engineering feats, with 115 bridges and 61 tunnels.
Located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Punta Allen is the largest village at the end of the Boca Paila Peninsula. It’s one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world. No cars, no smog, no noise at all. Lots of birds and animals around.
Sierra Negra (Cerro La Negra) is an extinct volcano at an elevation of 4.576m (15,013ft) above the sea level located in the Mexican state of Puebla. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
Located in the Municipio of Zinacantepec, in the State of Mexico, Raíces is the highest town in the country, at an elevation of 3.531m (11,919ft) above the sea level. It’s one of the highest towns accessible by car on Earth.
Located in the southern portion of North America, Mexico is a land of extremes. The country has a 9,330 kilometer coastline but is crossed by two mountain ranges known as Sierra Madre Oriental and Sierra Madre Occidental. The country has high mountains and deep canyons in the center of the country, sweeping deserts in the north, and dense rain forests in the south and east.
Altzomoni is a volcanic peak at an elevation of 4.027m (13,211ft) above the sea level, located in the State of Mexico. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
Batopilas de Manuel Gómez Morín is a small town at an elevation of 501m (1,643ft) above the sea level located in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
Ojuela is a small mining ghost town located northeast of the state of Durango, in Mexico. The tortuous road to the town should not be attempted by those who don't know how to reverse.
Located in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí, Cuesta de los Arrepentidos (Repentant’s Slope) ranks among the scariest roads on Earth.
Mexican Federal Highway 131 is a very scenic yet defiant road located in the Mexican state of Zacatecas.
Michoacán Coastal Road is a very scenic coastal drive along the Pacific Ocean in the Mexican state of Michoacán.
San Cristóbal de la Barranca is a small town located in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
Mexico 175 (Puchutla Road) is a long, curvy and scenic drive. If you suffer of dizziness, this road is not recommended to you. Over 6 hours of constant movement with curves everywhere, small towns with speed bumps and scenic views of the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Cerro el Potosí is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.721m (12,208ft) above the sea level, located in Nuevo León state, in Mexico. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
Nevado de Colima is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.991m (13,093ft) above the sea level located in the Mexican state of Jalisco. The road to the summit is horrendous with sections up to 12%. 4x4 is the only option. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
Mexico City - Queretaro (Mexico 57D) is the busiest highway in Mexico. Most all commercial traffic goes by this highway coming from north of Mexico and the US to Mexico City.