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Old 12-15-2006, 02:32 PM   #1
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Has anyone gone to Mexico lately ? We are headed to Kino Bay in the State of Sonora next month. There is so much in the news about the safety of persons going into Mexico. What experience do you have?
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Old 12-15-2006, 04:20 PM   #2
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A simple fact. You'll be travelling in a country where your spare tire is worth as much as most of the locals earn in a month - and frequently your life is worth even less! The U.S. Embassy can't do a thing for you except to lend a sympathetic ear to whatever plight you find yourself in. The "untouchable American" is a thing of the past. In all likelihood you won't have any problems - and you'll probably have a great trip - but don't underestimate the potential! It doesn't matter what "recent" history says - this problem has been with us well back into the '70's - and it applys to most of the countries with a high percentage of poverty. There is strength in numbers and, for me personally, I would not venture forth in less than a caravan of three.
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I just got back, my car got broken into in Ensenada. Don't take anything with you that you can't live without. Carry your important things with you and brush up on your spanish. If you have a dog, bring it. I have been reading some scary things about traveling in Mexico lately, so do some research on areas you are going. I love Mexico, but it's definately another world there.
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At the gas station....

Make sure if you are getting gas in Mexico that you watch them zero out the pump before they start! Often, they will not zero it out and you will end up paying for your gas on top of what they just pumped! This has happened to me! Be prepared and know your pesos!
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Old 12-15-2006, 04:52 PM   #5
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When traveling abroad, especially in Latin America, I always visit the US State Department website for travel warnings Travel and Business
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I guess I've led a sheltered life having never travelled outside Canada and the United States.Sad commentary on the world today reading some of the previous posts in this thread.
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Check with your insurance company - it may not be valid in Mexico for theft - go figure. No guns or even ammunition - instant lockup. Carry your passport - required now. Medical Insurance companies can be the same as auto insurance companies - Mexico has that effect on them. My advice - visit Texas - all the charm of Mexico and many of the same people.
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Insurance

Good point about insurance. I purchased Mexican Insurance through AAA, it does not cover items stolen from your vehicle! However, it would cover the contents if the entire vehicle got stolen. Bummer! My sister was with me and several of her things were taken from my car. She has renter's insurance and they covered all of her things, even in Mex!

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Check with your insurance company - it may not be valid in Mexico for theft - go figure. No guns or even ammunition - instant lockup. Carry your passport - required now. Medical Insurance companies can be the same as auto insurance companies - Mexico has that effect on them. My advice - visit Texas - all the charm of Mexico and many of the same people.
Great advice.
I have not lost a thing South of the Rio Grande. Visiting the border is at your own risk.
That having been said, if you take a cruise, or flight to an interior or coastal resort away from the border, and stay in groups and not venture out away from the resort property alone, you will probably be fine.

I wouldn't walk across the border into ANY Mexican border town in less than a large group that was going to stick together, and I dang sure wouldn't drive MY vehicle over there.

----just my 2 cents----
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When we were in Puerto Villarta (sp?) it felt very safe and most of the folks on the beaten path were nice. It got a bit scarey when we went off the beaten path. Living in the Chicago area, I'm use to the way the folks down there drive, cause we're about the same or worse. I'm not sure I'd bring my Airstream down there, or even my car. Police are very corrupt and though I have no direct exp with them, I have heard horror stories. The area I as in I would consider a touristy type place....less touristy, I might even be more hesitent.

Going to Canada was a painless exp in comparison.
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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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i would love to go to mexico.but????????
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All good comments - and especially with reference to corruption. Many - but certainly not "all" - police and public officials are on the take. However, it can be a bit scary if you're not fluent in spanish and someone (---the policeman who just stopped you) is looking for a bribe to "forget" your minor traffic incident or other indiscretion. You pass a twenty and he waves you on - or, instead, he escorts you to the local court for trying to bribe him!
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We have been talking about driving through Mexico some day. 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.

Common sense is the first thing I would pack. Obvious things like driving during daytime only and securing a site somewhere before dark. Don't flaunt expensive items around, i.e. cameras, jewelry, etc.

Being courtious goes a long way anywhere you go.

Our dream trip would be to drive to Copper Canyon, piggy back, catch ferry and drive back up Baha.

Since we are broke right now, we have loads of time to think about this.

We traveled to Oaxxca a few years back (by airplane) and stayed in a nice hotel in the "zocolo", city center. Even back then there was a teacher strike, though not as violent as this current one, which is now apparently over.

If you search some of the other RV sites, there are probably lots of people that can offer up advice.

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