Crossing at Columbia:
Before leaving you should have everything mentioned above plus get your Mexico
insurance and if possible enough pesos to spend while you're there. Insurance is
easily purchased by e-mail at
www.sanbornsinsurance.com . After you get the Sanborn web page click on 'get
a quote' then select an agent and then Austin. Fill in the information and
submit. There are other choices for insurance and insurance agents. Pesos can
possibly be acquired at your bank. If not, pesos are usually available at the
ATM where you get your papers or at the Casa de Cambio in Anahuac.
Traveling south on IH 35 you will take Exit 39 just south of Encinal for your
last fuel and food stop at Love's Truck Stop before entering Mexico. Then, if
you have timed your arrival at the toll booth to be before 10:00 pm or after
6:00 am, proceed to the Camino Colombia Toll Road (255 Toll), Exit 24. You must
have a special card to pass the tool booth between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. The
toll is $2.00. The Colombia Solidarity International Bridge closes at 11:00 pm,
sometimes earlier, so don't be late. Also there has been some information that
bandits have been operating near Anahuac in the very late and very early hours.
The odds are very, very small; however, be aware! I recommend not driving late.
So you arrive at the border, follow the signs to pay the bridge toll ($2.00 in
Feb. 2005) and proceed to the Mexican side. See map of border crossing facility
Columbia Crossing PDF
Map Click Here
Drive thru Nada para Declarar (Nothing to Declare) lane, assuming you have
nothing to declare. If you get a green light, proceed past the inspection tables
on the right to the parking area. If you get a red light proceed to the
inspection tables on the right, and after inspection, proceed to the parking
area. After parking go to Migracion (#1) and fill out your FMT. (Note: answer to
#8 Main Destination in Mexico: Bustamante. If asked, say you are a tourist going
to recreate at the caves.) Have your FMT authorized (you will need your proof of
citizenship). If you are not getting a free permit, pay your fee (#2) and you're
done if you are not taking your vehicle into Mexico. Vehicle owners should get a
copy (#3) made of your FMT and proceed to the Banjercito window (#4) to obtain
your vehicle permit. You will be given a sticker to apply to your vehicle. Read
the instructions as placement has changed. Now you must place sticker just left
of your rear view mirror. See, that wasn't so bad and now you're ready to go.
Follow the sinuous road of custom facility for 1.5 miles to a T intersection
with Highway #2. Turn right onto the 4-lane divided Highway 2. (Pemex on your
right). Proceed 0.8 miles to the first intersection and turn left (a military
check-point is often at this location). Continue 28.2 miles to the intersection
with Highway 1. Turn right (Pemex on your left after the turn and there may be a
military check-point here also). Continue 5.2 miles to Aduana on the right.
Drive thru the lane, press the button: red means stop for inspection, green
means proceed. Approximately 1.8 miles after the Aduana, is usually another
military check-point. Continue 8 miles to Anahuac, additional 26 miles to
Lampazos, and additional 30 miles to the turnoff to Bustamante. Military
check-points may or may not be encountered and may be at locations other than
those noted. Good Luck!!!!
See you there.
Remember, if you got a free permit, it must be returned at the same place you
got it when you leave Mexico.
Laredo Crossing PDF Map
Jan Knox Bustamante 2007 Web Page
Bustamante on my mind by Gill Ediger