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Old 12-17-2006, 09:52 PM   #29
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We spent four weeks in Mexico a couple of years ago, Baja only. The day we crossed back over the border we decided the biggest problem we had experienced was a rude mariachi ! We traveled by ourselves. Expect to be stopped and searched by young men (Army) with big guns, Spanish definately helps and take your dog (the bigger the better). We were generally disappointed with most of the campsites but felt that boondocking was imprudent. There are lots of Americanos traveling in Baja, but no Airstreams that we saw
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Old 12-18-2006, 07:23 AM   #30
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Had to re-read my earlier post to make sure of what I said. I only advised taking out more insurance as a precaution - I know that when I spent 3 weeks there several years back - my insurance company let me know of their policy changes for Mexico only - their coverage is un-effected in Dubal or Kuwait, Norway, and Kenya - strange. Mexico - with the right precautions - is probably not a bad place - just the border region from what I hear - I have only flown in.
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Old 12-18-2006, 08:27 AM   #31
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Mexico travel

Just a note on this. First of all a trip to TJ or Cabo along the West Coast or a train ride to the Copper Canyon,is NOT the same as traveling in real Mexico. Don't sail south out of Laredo, Reynosa or Matamoros ....to some of the most beautiful country around....
and expect a completely safe experience. We have seen a major increase of armed violence....most recently last weekend when a gang raided a hunting ranch. All of the cities mentioned above have had heavily armed groups in battles in the past year. Everyone I know, making the trip by road to Monterrey, has been stopped by armed groups....some good, some not. Once past the second Border check points your on your own. Too bad too! Saltillo, Victoria (Del Cielo) and the East Coast beach fishing are great experiences. The highlands and the Yucatan are better....but, you have to get there first. If you are a person who goes to the Valley, or Mexico, and calls the locals "Spanish" you need a reality check also and are not ready for the trip South.
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Old 02-26-2007, 05:11 PM   #32
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Trip to Mexico

Buenas tardes,

Just read the posts concerning Mexico and as in all things there are truths and close to truth. Mexico is a different place and has its own traditions and customs and if you are in the border towns there is a lot of crime. Go inland away from the border things are less confrontational, crime is much less and foreigners are greeted on an individual basis, some folks simply might not like you other do.
We are moving back to the States from Mexico after a few years of living here. There are many RV parks in Mexico and in our travels we see many travel trailer groups touring the county so although incidents do happen in Mexico, travel is safe.
Costs in several cities are increasing big time and the road tolls are becoming overwhelming. As an example, we have a small utility trailer and recently made a trip up Hwy 15 from Mazatlan to Nogales, Mexico, the toll costs one way was over $100 USD. So Mexico can be dangerous for your wallet and there are still many police officers on the take but worth the trip.

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Old 02-28-2007, 04:39 PM   #33
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We spend the winter at our house in San Carlos Sonora which is south of Kino Bay and frequently travel elsewhere in Mexico by r.v.
A trip to Kino Bay would be a good first time trip for anyone interested in rv travel in Mexico. It is a short one day trip on good roads and there are lots of r.v. parks in Kino bay.
A vehicle permit is not necessary for travel in this part of Sonora.
Formalities are a tourist card, easily obtained just south of the border crossing at Nogales and a passport to reinter the U.S. Mexican insurance is necessary but this can be purchased by the day at many locations on the internet or at or near the border. If pets are taken, they must have a health certificate on a U.S.D.A. form that your vet will know all about.
I know lots of people who have never been there have lots of opinions about Mexico. The truths are the following: Your throat will not be slit the moment you cross the border. Other than well publicized drug wars, there is less voilent crime in Mexico than in the U.S. Corrupt officials will not pick you clean the minute you cross the border. The truth is officials are courteous and have been instructed to do everything possible to get you the money spending tourist across the border. Unless you break a traffic law, you won't be stopped by the police. If you do make a mistake, most likely all you will get is a warning not a mordida bite. All the gas pumps are digital, once the nozzle is put back, the pump shuts off and must be reset to zero to pump gas. That makes gas pump petty swindles more difficult but not impossible.
Travel in Mexico is different than the U.S., but by no means as difficult as some imply. I urge anyone who has an interest in going to Kino Bay or elsewhere in Mexico to do it and not accept counsel from those to nervous to go themselves.
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We spend the winter at our house in San Carlos Sonora which is south of Kino Bay and frequently travel elsewhere in Mexico by r.v.
A trip to Kino Bay would be a good first time trip for anyone interested in rv travel in Mexico. It is a short one day trip on good roads and there are lots of r.v. parks in Kino bay.
A vehicle permit is not necessary for travel in this part of Sonora.
Formalities are a tourist card, easily obtained just south of the border crossing at Nogales and a passport to reinter the U.S. Mexican insurance is necessary but this can be purchased by the day at many locations on the internet or at or near the border. If pets are taken, they must have a health certificate on a U.S.D.A. form that your vet will know all about.
I know lots of people who have never been there have lots of opinions about Mexico. The truths are the following: Your throat will not be slit the moment you cross the border. Other than well publicized drug wars, there is less voilent crime in Mexico than in the U.S. Corrupt officials will not pick you clean the minute you cross the border. The truth is officials are courteous and have been instructed to do everything possible to get you the money spending tourist across the border. Unless you break a traffic law, you won't be stopped by the police. If you do make a mistake, most likely all you will get is a warning not a mordida bite. All the gas pumps are digital, once the nozzle is put back, the pump shuts off and must be reset to zero to pump gas. That makes gas pump petty swindles more difficult but not impossible.
Travel in Mexico is different than the U.S., but by no means as difficult as some imply. I urge anyone who has an interest in going to Kino Bay or elsewhere in Mexico to do it and not accept counsel from those to nervous to go themselves.
I totaly agree with and could not have said it better than HANDN

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Old 03-01-2007, 11:28 AM   #35
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We've been to Mexico many times. The only thing I can add is to remember the word Peligro on a road sign. They really mean it... even when you're not towing, some of those curves are muy peligro. Also, the Mexican truckers own the road, you're just a tourista, they have to feed the family.
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Old 03-01-2007, 12:02 PM   #36
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The "horror stories" we have heard about Mexico apply to the US as Well:
On the LA freeways you get shot for sport, road rage is the rule of the day. In Miami they run over you after taking your car. In Texas if you are black they will drag you along the back roads tied to the rear bumper of a pickup, and in SC the sheriff is judge, jury and executioner. If Mexican police are corrupt, US police are violent and intransigent.
It stands to reason that one must use caution in an unknown environment. The first time I went to Canada I expected it to be the stereotypical "foreign country". Instead I found a population far more friendly and civilized than its US counterpart and a country cleaner than any I had seen thus far.
I have traveled to Mexico and Argentina and can tell you that aside of thievery (a phenomenon attributable to abject poverty, not drugs or kleptomania.)
South Americans are respectful people who will open their home to you, listen to what you have to say without judgmental attitudes, and will display a generosity, warmth and a genuine friendliness that I wish existed here.
Therefore, buy insurance, carry a pocketful of quarters for the barefoot kids in the streets, talk to people without the usual superior attitude, and you will come away with experiences that are irreplaceable.
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Old 03-01-2007, 01:04 PM   #37
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We made our first trip to Mexico last September - last minute decision while at the Grand Canyon. We met up with another couple and decided to caravan together to Rocky Point / Playa Bonita (Play Bonita Resorts)

Very easy first trip - no problems. Playa Bonita is just an hour south of the border and there you are parked at the beach with the warm Baja waters lapping at your feet.

We were stopped crossing the border into Mexico, but it really looked like they wanted to see the inside of the Bambi. :-)

On the way back we were stopped (on the US side) for setting off the gamma ray detector (false alarm) - so that was "interesting".

As it turns out the more dangerous aspect of our trip (or so I hear) was staying the night at the border (in AZ) at Organ Pipes (Cactus) National Park. Again, one of those things where it is probably fine - but I read somewhere that a park ranger was shot there. So as always, be careful and do your homework regardless of the country.

Going in a caravan (even just 2) made the difference for us. We were very careful to stay within the posted speed limits from the border down to Playa Bonita.

We were told by some kind folks at the Grand Canyon before heading south:
- don't bring ammo (we were like "what??" we don't carry have firearms)
- don't go skinny dipping (again, not something we would do)
- obey posted traffic / speed limits

We would definitely go back - and living in So Cal will try to head down again (we made it back from Playa Bonita to Los Angeles in one day). But again, would only do it in a caravan - especially if going anywhere new.

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Old 03-10-2007, 08:55 PM   #38
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Just returned from a month of bicycling through the state of Yucatan in Mexico. The locals do not have the words steal of violence in their vocabulary. Most places in the USA are more dangerous.

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I have been going to central Mexico every spring for several years.
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Old 03-11-2007, 11:26 AM   #40
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We lived in Mexico for 18 months and Central and South America for 4 years. Never had any problems!! A little Spanish goes a long way. We tried not to be typical "Gringo" tourists, and treated others as we would have liked to treated. Traveled all over on local buses, long distance via "1st class buses".( we were traveling via sailboat)Used to sit in the front seats because you could see more, learned very quickly, DON"T!! You'll be the first to see that BIG semi hurtling toward you, IN YOUR LANE, around the blind curve while heading up the narrow mountain road!!!!
Meeting folks one to one is a wonderful experience. Things may have changed, but I don't think so. Common sense should prevail.
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I found a real complete digest of RV'ing in Mexico here

There are hundreds doing it, how bad can it be-NOT!
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