Nogales Truck crossing & KM 21
Also know as the Mariposa crossing

I came into Nogales late afternoon from El Centro California and decided to overnight there and start into Mexico early. Fotos are late afternoon except crossing the next morning and KM21. Lots of motels at that exit if you choose to stay over ... and last minute shopping. The truck route exit is clearly marked as you enter Nogales,

"Kilometer 21" - Mexican Immigration) What nobody mentions is that Nogales is 4 thousand feet elevation and in the winter often very cold. It was in the mid-30's at 7am (early December) and I'd suggest not standing in line in shorts and a tee-shirt. I've heard stories of long waits for your car permits (Banjercito) but it took me less than a 1/2 hour.

I understand they have moved the auto importation station just south of Empalme in 2006 - two stops?  This is because more of Sonora is a 'free zone' like Baja - (you now get your car permits at Kl. 89, just south of Empalme but on your return they still have to be returned at Kl. 21)

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Nogales Crossing
Truck route sign
Truck route exit
Sign on Mariposa
Border early morning
KM 21 from parking lot
Immigration Office
Booth for copies
Route to banjercito
Banjercito windows

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The banjercito windows. There's a sign (the red one) telling you what number they are serving - but no place to get a number. Luckily I walked into the top of the stairs and was next in line.

Remember - copies of your Passport, Drivers License, Vehicle Registration and Tourist Visa. You can throw in a copy of your Title but it's not necessary. Have your Credit Card ready.

Just past this building there is a guard gate that will take a quick look at you as you drive past. If you have the window sticker they just wave you through. Not sure how they handle 'Sonora Only' permits.

It's not for another 6-8-10(?) miles until you run into Mexican Aduana (Customs). This is where they look into your car if you get the Red Light as you cross over the metal strip. The sign says STOP and all the agents were getting warn inside the office -- so I just proceeded slowly -- got the Red Light -- and pulled into the first inspection lane. The agent gave me big smile, said good morning, waited until I opened the rear door (my van), asked what's in that box -- and said goodbye. Very easy and smooth.