700km net distance from Veracruz to Mexico City
Gas needed 70 litres
Estimated cost per rider $300 USD
Duration 3 days
Place: Central Mexico along 5 States: Veracruz (VER), Puebla (PUE), Tlaxcala (TLAX), Estado de México (MEX) and Distrito Federal (DF)
Historically accurate dual-purpose-bike adaptation of the legendary 1519 march of Hernán Cortés and the spaniards from their landing site in the Gulf Of Mexico all the way to the Aztec capital of Thenochtitlan to the exact place where Cortez met the Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II.< r> You can experience history in first-person with this 3-day, 700km and 5-State journey, arriving at the same places and in the same order that the spanish conquistador did 5 centuries ago, seeing the same breathtaking landscapes. From tarmac to gravel paths, from sea level up to 3,700 metres in the famous Cortes Pass between two of the largest volcanoes in Mexico Visit all the archaeological sites and mesoamerican cities along thw route, including the three different cities called Veracruz founded by the spaniards (among others). Ride through great landscapes around Mexico's 6 highest volcanoes, visit the site where the spaniards landed arriving from Cuba in 1519 and the place where they left in 1825 after the Mexican Independence War. Visit the first town, and the first Church ever built in the American Continent, also the first Hospital, even the hidden place where Cortez is buried in Mexico.
Summary: A great ride to fully understand the fall of the Aztec Empire and taste the adventure behind the conquest of Mexico.
Route goes through amazing mountain scenery. The road surface is surprisingly good for the most part but beware the usual Mexican road hazards - potholes and topes(speed bumps) in the villages as they are awful. Continuous corner after corner but bad visibility for the most part as the road is two lane only with vegetation right to the edge. No safety barriers anywhere and road signs are not to be taken much notice of as per usual. This road is hard and technical for pretty much the entire length. Be careful of opposing traffic and DO NOT go over the centre line at any time on corners as there is likely to be a huge truck or bus lumbering toward you taking up the entire width. But the scenery is fantastic though it is hard to find a viewpoint or safe place to stop to look. Takes about 3 hours to ride this road at least, longer if you get held up with traffic.