Highway 70 leaves
Vallarta just south of the Nayarit border, north of the airport
and next to the new Vallarta Home Depot. It's about 40
kilometers of small towns and farmland before you start into the
mountains. The road is actually very good except they have
cut thru some impossible hillsides making yearly roadwork a
necessity. Right now (November 2007) they are working on
about five major sections both east and west of Mascota.
Most of the work is on the west side.
After crossing the
bridge below it mostly flat land until you drop back down into
Mascota. Mascota is very Colonial in a non-fancy way with
one church in ruins looking as if it was a religious center for
the area many years ago. Lots of classic construction and
cobble stone streets.
The last few fotos
are from one of the very few scenic lookouts along the road
after leaving Mascota and heading toward Talpa and Ameca.