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Old 12-16-2006, 01:43 PM   #15
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I too would love to caravan to Mexico!

I've read travel logs from other travelers in the hopes of finding reassurance, without any.

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Old 12-16-2006, 01:47 PM   #16
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I think in a caravan through Mexico, though sketchy, would be safer than say...Egypt....but thats just my opinion.
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Old 12-16-2006, 01:48 PM   #17
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I would suggestthat if it's your first time, go with someone who has been down there before, and brush-up on your spanish.

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Sage advice Ernie, there is safety in numbers. Plus the subtle nuances of the locals are easier to learn with a veteran sharing their experiences.

You are in a country where need to know where you should go and where you should NOT go. Like stopping in alone at the "quaint little Cantina" out in the middle of no-where to have a beer with the locals, bad idea.

While driving outside of Mazatlan, my brother and I were stopped by 3 unfriendly looking Federales with automatic rifles, one speaking broken english approached and asked for cigaros (cigarettes) for him and his buddies. I was so nervous as I fumbled with the pack, I finally just handed him the whole pack. Scared the crap of of us.

Don't forget to pack plenty of common sense, and you can have a wonderful time.
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Old 12-16-2006, 03:31 PM   #18
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No problems in Baja on the east side

We have travelled down in our Motorhome several times. In fact the first trip down we sheared a bolt on the alternator and broke down 20 miles from San Felipe. We had federales stop to help us and thru many hand gestures and pidgin spanish they let us use their cell phone and we got a mechanic from San Felipe to bring us the bolt, less than a 3 hour breakdown!!! We had the belts ... just no bolt . Just read an article from a golfer who was in San Felipe to review the new course there. He said he rolled a stop sign in town and an officer was right there and saw him......took him to the station in town to pay his $12. fine and he was on his way. The federales who helped us would not even take a soda. In Baja they have rolling patrols kinda like the California freeway service patrol called the Green Angels to help people out. That being said I would NOT travel at night--rumors of Banditos and the more real prospect of cattle sleeping on the warm roadways at night. Debbie
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Old 12-16-2006, 03:47 PM   #19
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We've looked into the caravan companies like Tracks and Adventure(?) but their brochures show to many SOB's and I'm not sure we would fit in well.

Our dream trip would be to drive to Copper Canyon, piggy back, catch ferry and drive back up Baha.
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I did the Copper Canyon trip with Tracks To Adventure a few years ago when I owned my Scamp. Except for my spare being stolen while I slept in the trailer (despite "security"), it was a great trip. With 14 rigs and an experienced wagonmaster, I felt quite safe.

The only way you can "piggyback" the canyon is with a group. It takes a crew of about 10 to load the rigs, chain them down, and erect a fence on the curb side of the flatcar. The train only goes 25mph max and stops at night and at scenic spots.

We had a B-van in our caravan, but all others were SOBs. Despite that, I could detect no bias toward any sort of rig; the wagonmaster had a huge Lance camper on a diesel pickup. If there was any bias, me and my little Scamp would have been the target. We also had the B-van with a solo retired female teacher and a business-type van fitted with little more than a porta-potty and blankets.

I would go again, this time with my wife along, but the price has escalated and my friends that proposed the trip looked at the current price and said "No way!".

An advantage of caravans is that you have enough folks to hire busses for side trips.
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Old 12-17-2006, 09:38 AM   #20
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I have been going to central Mexico every spring for several years. I all ways remember that I am a guest in Their Country. Never have I had a problem that some good Samaritan did not come along and help me. I would avoid the border towns and use good sense everywhere. Mexico is a country where respect is given . Just don't go there and look down your nose at people. I go to Mexico and learn how to respect life to the fullest some thing we have lost in the USA. Remember poor people are not evil. Greed is what makes people bad. I travel to small towns and avoid the larger city's if I can. My Spanish is limited to more beer. 3 tacos please and where is the bathroom. If your scared stay home its your choice. Just don't condemn an entire nation because of a few stories that that have been told.
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I have been going to central Mexico every spring for several years. I all ways remember that I am a guest in Their Country. Never have I had a problem that some good Samaritan did not come along and help me. I would avoid the border towns and use good sense everywhere. Mexico is a country where respect is given . Just don't go there and look down your nose at people. I go to Mexico and learn how to respect life to the fullest some thing we have lost in the USA. Remember poor people are not evil. Greed is what makes people bad. I travel to small towns and avoid the larger city's if I can. My Spanish is limited to more beer. 3 tacos please and where is the bathroom. If your scared stay home its your choice. Just don't condemn an entire nation because of a few stories that that have been told.
I could not have said it better! I agree totaly.
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Old 12-17-2006, 10:35 AM   #22
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My parents go to Mexico every year trailering for two or three months and have not had any bad or scary situations. Sometimes they camp on the beach. Service to repair car trouble was slow but successful.
Please don't make comments about Mexico if you do not have personal experience.
I suspect some of the above comments are made by people who have not even been in Mexico.
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My parents go to Mexico every year trailering for two or three months and have not had any bad or scary situations. Sometimes they camp on the beach. Service to repair car trouble was slow but successful.
Please don't make comments about Mexico if you do not have personal experience.
I suspect some of the above comments are made by people who have not even been in Mexico.
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Hey BigAl!

Where do your parents go, and what route do they take.

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Old 12-17-2006, 10:55 AM   #24
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Here is a good link of thing to be aware of when you travel to Mexico. Mexico . Years ago I traveled to Mexico many times. I have not been there in some time because of the risks involved and attitudes of the federales. Most people will not have any problems, but people need to be aware of the risks when they tavel to any foerign country.
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If your scared stay home its your choice. Just don't condemn an entire nation because of a few stories that that have been told.
My take was that no one was condeming an entire nation, but simply expressing some valid concerns that folks could and would say about some states/cities in the US.
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I go to Mexico and learn how to respect life to the fullest some thing we have lost in the USA. Remember poor people are not evil. Greed is what makes people bad. I travel to small towns and avoid the larger city's if I can. My Spanish is limited to more beer. 3 tacos please and where is the bathroom. If your scared stay home its your choice. Just don't condemn an entire nation because of a few stories that that have been told.

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Does anyone remember reading "Candide?" "------the best of all possible worlds." Poverty makes people do desperate things - and Mexico, Honduras, and Nicaragua, among others, are full of it - along with the crooks that prey on that desperation. Many very brave missionaries, reporters, and social workers have lost their lives by venturing forth into foreign areas, trusting in the good nature of the locals. The same can be said for venturing forth into many streets and neighborhoods in the U. S. No one is saying don't go - but, simply put, don't be so gullible as to believe that everyone you meet will be a Saint. Until you have personally witnessed the squalor and filth that breeds the desperation, please don't preach the infallible "goodness" of all those you'll meet along the way. Expect the best but be prepared for the worst.

Just for the record, I've travelled in many Latin and South American countries, as well as in the Carribean, the Philippines and Maylasia. My work in heavy marine construction frequently took me off the "beaten path" and far from the "touristy" areas. No - I've never had a problem - but on occasion (i.e. - Panama) I've travelled in a bullet proof vehicle with a heavily armed bodyguard - and in Mexico I've been in private meetings with the local "Don," while surrounded by his machine gun bearing bodyguards.
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Speaking of Candide,
anyone remember the book/movie:
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