Border crossing at Lukeville, AZ / Sonoyta,MX
Posted 15 October 2011 - 07:01 PM
Posted 15 October 2011 - 07:21 PM
Has anyone crossed the border at Lukeville, AZ into Sonoyta, then on to 15 at Santa Ana. Do you have any suggestions? From what I've read on the web it sounds like it should be a good trip, in addition to avoiding Nogales.
Have not crossed there but if you use the Mariposa crossing you avoid Nogales.
Posted 15 October 2011 - 07:31 PM
Posted 15 October 2011 - 11:09 PM
About a month ago, going south I overnighted in Ajo, AZ and crossed the next morning, piece of cake.
Going north, four months ago, I overnighted in Santa Ana, MX and that was a pleasant experience.
The highways are good, there was no problem with anything, Lukeville/Sonoyta is my preferred crossing.
Traffic is light and I always feel secure there.
Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:58 AM
travel time to your trip. It makes more sense to go to Nogales and cross over.
The highway 113 truck crossing is easy and much faster than going to
Posted 16 October 2011 - 11:27 PM
Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:46 AM
Ajijic to Navojoa =12 hours of driving 2,735 Kilometers 30 Hours of Driving
Tolls Cost $1,417 pesos
SUPER EASY TRIP
Wow, now this was by far the easiest trip across the border we have ever had. No traffic, the Cuotas (Toll Roads) were really nice and the scenery was just beautiful. We left Ajijic around 6:00am and arrived in Navajoa that evening around 6:30. We stopped for gas in Tepic and then for lunch in Mazatlan. This was by far the longest day of driving. We stayed at the Best Western Hotel on the north side of the city. It is located on the left (west) side of the highway, just after you cross over the bridge at the end of town. The rooms are nice and the restaurant is pretty good food. A room with two double beds cost about $750 pesos.
The next morning we bugged out around 8:00am after having breakfast at the hotel. Our room came with one free breakfast and the kids really liked he buffet style selection. With our bellies full, we headed north. We passed through Ciudad Obregon, near to Guaymas and Hermosillo (this is the only city that it gets a bit confusing as they were doing some major construction through the city). Still heading north on MX15 we made it to Santa Ana and this is where you will turn off of MX15 and head west towards Alta and Caborca. Just before Santa Ana is a huge Inspection Station. When we went through there were hundreds of Buses and Semi-Trucks in the right hand lane lined up for miles waiting to go through inspection. So do yourself a huge favor and make sure to stay in the left lane as to avoid the Semi line. It took a good 20-30 minutes to finally get to the inspection point and be waived through.
Once you are in Santa Ana, look for MX2 Road; this will put you back on another beautiful toll road. You will pas through the town of Altar and then Caborca. Continue tow Sonoyta/Lukeville. Your next stop will be the INM and Automobile Sticker removal kiosk just south of Sonoyta about 20 minutes on your left side of the highway. I wish I had a mile marker for you, but you just need to keep you eyes open for a group of building on the left side of the road. You will see the INM office and the Declaration lanes for cars, buses an trucks coming into Mexico. We passed it and had to turn around to get back to it. Don’t stress if you miss it, as turning around is a piece of cake. Once we were heading back to the group of buildings, we saw a small kiosk on the left hand side of all the building that you can drive right up to it. This is where they took our Automobile sticker. They handed us a razor and asked us to take it off and hand it to them. They would not take our Tourist Visas and told us to turn them in at the actual border crossing. So, get back on the road and head towards Lukeville, AZ. We pulled up to the border and there was nowhere that we could see to turn in our Tourist Visas, so we just kept going. We pulled up to the US Border Crossing. There was one vehicle in front of us and it was actually pulling away and crossing, so we just pulled right up to the kiosk. The Border Guard was very polite, asked for our Passports, the usual questions and within 5 minutes we were back in the USA.
Santa Barbara back to Ajijic via Lukeville/Sonoyta
We drove the first day from SB to Ajo, AZ and staid at the Marine Motel for the night. The rooms were decent and the price was right http://www.marinemotel.com/
Go to the website and print off the coupon, it will save you a few bucks. We paid $49US for the night and had 2 Double beds. Not much going on in Ajo, but easy access to the border that opens at 6:00am. We had breakfast at Marcela’s Restaurant and again it was simple food but did the trick. We pulled out a bit later then we wanted (8:00am). It’s about a 40-minute drive to the border from Ajo. We did go through 2 US Border Crossing sites on the way to the border but we were not stopped. Once at the border, we pulled up to the Mexican crossing, got the green light and we were in Mexico. We did see 3 pick-up trucks from the US with men dressed in camouflage and all of their gun cases being inspected, it looked like a hunting party. I don’t know the regulations for taking hunting equipment in to Mexico, but there were at least 10 of these men dressed for hunting. Then we drove about 20 minutes into Mexico and stopped at the same place as mentioned before on our trip into the USA. We pulled in and parked, walked over t o the INM office. There we filled out our Tourist Visa info cards. Walked next-door to the left and paid for the Visas at the bank window inside the big open warehouse building. The bathrooms will be all the way to your left if your looking at the INM office door. The sign is just over the door and not hard to miss on the first pass by. Once you pay for the Visas, take the receipts back to the INM officer. They give you your INM Visas and you can then go to toe office to the right and pay for your Automobile Sticker. The rules have changed with Vehicles now and you need to pay a deposit for taking your car into Mexico. They will ask for your Credit Card or Cash and charge off the dollar amount your car is worth. We have a 2004 ad it was about $4000+ Pesos or $380US. While in line we did meet a couple from Canada that was having big trouble with trying to get their RV with ATV across the border. Their situation was such that the RV was registered under his name and the ATV/Trailer was under her name. The problem with this was that they could not prove that they were married. BE SURE TO BRING A COPY OF YOUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE WITH YOU TO MEXICO. We have needed it for other things, so it’s good to have. Not sure how that all worked out, but were hoping for the best. Once we got our Automobile Sticker, we were on the road again. We pulled up to the Red Light/Green Light and got the green, we were on our way. There were 2 more checkpoints on the way to Santa Ana. One of them we got waived through again and the next one we actually got a RED light, but we were waived through again. So, all in all the trip up and back was sooooo easy compared to Nogales. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but super easy and quick. The roads are incredibly safe and there is NO traffic in comparison toe Nogales.
Tolls from Lukeville to Ajijic (Dates December 15, 2011 – January 3, 2012)
All in Pesos of course
$108 not a misprint
$178 not a misprint
$112 not a misprint
$1,417 TOTAL in TOLLS
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