Can I Take My Tesla to Mexico? Adventures in Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Electric vehicle early adopter and enthusiast Wade Harris recently retired from Flathead Electric Cooperative after nearly 28 years. His first goal in retirement: driving his Tesla Model 3 from Montana to Mexico! Can he take his Tesla to Mexico City? Let’s find out! This is the fifth entry of a six-part series written by Wade.

Entry 5 – Guanajuato

I’m getting closer to Mexico City! I’m goal-oriented, so I’m anxious about making it to my goal.  But first, I have to remember to enjoy the journey.

More fun tourist time!  From Ajijic I drove to Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  A friend told me I must stop here, and I’m glad I listened.  On the way, I stopped at the Silao supercharger. I could have made it all the way, but I don’t have all my future routes planned out yet, so bringing the charge back to 90% is prudent.

Silao Tesla Supercharger

This is a tourist town for Mexican families. I am here during a holiday weekend, so it’s extra busy. Guanajuato was coveted by the Spanish because it is rich in gold, silver, and other metals. I’ll spare you a long explanation of the cultural history of the area, but there is a lot to see and do here. Diego Rivera was born here. The Revolutionary War to gain independence from Spain started here. Also, much of the roadways are underground in tunnels.

Guanajuato, Mexico

Next: San Miguel de Allende

After some fun and a great bike ride (I brought my bicycle), I drive to San Miguel de Allende, another UNESCO World Heritage site. This town is a living example of colonial Spanish architecture.

I found another wonderful place to stay on PlugShare: Hotel La Misión. Nice location, fair price, and I charged my car in secure parking. The walk down to Centró Histórico is steep, making it a nice workout. If I didn’t need the workout, I would’ve taken a taxi.

route from Guanajuato to San Miguel de Allende

Pro Top: Parking Your Tesla in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Driving and parking in the city center is difficult, and I don’t recommend it. The streets are narrow, rough, and extremely steep. I got a parking ticket on the first day, so I have personal experience. The authorities take the license plate off your car so that you will pay your parking fine. It wasn’t that big of a deal, I found where to pay the $35 USD fine and got my plate back, but I also learned my lesson!

San Miguel de Allende

Next stop, Mexico City!  In Mexico, it is known as México, Cuidad de México, or CDMX.


Read the first entry here and the next entry here. You can follow Wade’s adventures on Instagram @wade_406. If you’d like to learn more about electric vehicles, please visit the Co-op’s website