Is Mexico Safe?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Arte, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    I have noticed that there are only a few ATM's in Puerto Vallarta where Canadian cards work. I expect that's true of a lot of Mexico.
  2. SR

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    A few shots from nice Saturday afternoon ride.

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  3. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Did you get a FMF pipe on the WR?
  4. SR

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    Yep. I put the FMF pipe on, took a giant restrictor plate out of the air intake box and re-tuned the EFI for uncorked. It gained at least 20% more power in one day. It's a whole different bike!:D
  5. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    I figured you'd eventually do that. I bet that was a nice feeling having the motor free to breathe.
  6. TRAVELGUY

    TRAVELGUY Old Traveler

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    Used this border crossing into Baja a few months ago, really easy, helpful personnel. Nice not needing a TVIV for Baja but I have a question. Is it correct that if staying only three days or less you don't need a VISA for Baja and if your plans changed for a day or two would that really create a problem?

    Have probably done more than two dozen border crossings in Central America but continually stay screwed up on what is necessary for Baja.

    Planning on going down to watch the Baja 500.

    Thanks for your help!

    TravelGuy
  7. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    The rules say you need a visa to be in Mexico for more than a day or 2. In areas where you do not need a permiso (TVIP) like Baja or the Sonora Free Zone, you can frequently just ride into Mexico without stopping. The odds are that you can spend your entire trip in Baja without a visa and won't have a problem. Unless you have an accident, need to file a police report, get a traffic ticket or otherwise have to interface with the government. Even then, you may not have a problem.

    I know people (gringos) where I am living in Sonora who don't have a visa or papers for their vehicles and have not had them for years. We are not in the free zone but we are just outside and off the federal highways so rarely see federal police here. I only know of 1 gringo in my 6 and a half years here who has had a car seized for no TVIP and that was at a tax checkpoint.

    That said, the rules and the enforcement of the rules change frequently. You can take your chances and likely be OK. But a free 7 day visa is easy to get.

    It seems the rules here are fluid much of the time.
  8. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    Arrived Mexico City last Wednesday afternoon. Took Thursday off from riding to catch up with friends.

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    Plenty of tacos, of course.

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    Try "El Primo" in Tlalnepantla for great seafood.

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    These candies contain tequila. Yum!

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    Then off to Veracruz Friday morning to get registered for Sol a Sol with MikeMike. (Pico de Orizaba gave me a peek en route)

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    The route (more or less)

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    Leaving Veracruz Sat am with Mike Mike & Mystery Rider

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    Assorted pix from the event and Sunday's return. An impromptu high-speed turns clinic was conducted both days.

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    A cyclist surrendering to the sag truck along the route

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    Popo commemorated the event with a puff of smoke

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    MikeMike & Mystery Rider

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    I was honored to become a member of the Seal Club upon our return to Veracruz. Momma's so proud of her boy.

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    First to sign the revered "club".

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    View from the Rivoli this morning. You can see the Port of Veracruz in the distance

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    Rivoli's service elevator goes down an extra floor. Will cross-post on "Only In Mexico" thread

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  9. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    :freaky
    Wish I were there and on that ride.
  10. MysteryRider

    MysteryRider Laughing at danger

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    Peanuts! I knew we forgot something!:D
    If this keeps up, we will need to find a new windshield to scratch.:freaky

    Schizz and MikeMike: Great ride! I enjoyed every minute of it. :wink:
  11. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    My Seal Club experience has been life-changing. I don't have the words. Thanks guys. A million times over.

    Might wanna call the service guy on that vending machine, however. I first pulled the knob for the Damitol but nothing dropped so I settled for the other. Not that I really care.....any more......
  12. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    Throw in with us next year. Maybe then we can run down the elusive "Fast Rider Group". I never did catch those guys. ;)
  13. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    After several days of Ricky Racing and general Hooliganism I dialed it waaaay back today and allowed myself to enjoy every vista, every climate change. Rode through several climate zones with temps ranging from 60 - 90 F. No rain or fog. Took MikeMike's recommended route to Papantla. Thanks Mike!!

    View from the Veracruz City coast road this morning.

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    Some pix from today's route.

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    Stopped to use this outhouse only to pass a brand new Pemex a few miles later.

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    Here's Sjoerd's pick for a Papantla hotel. $200 pesos without AC, $400 with. Well located. Has everything. People running it are nice. Just off the main plaza. They close the drive-in entrance at night.

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    La Parroquia was recommended for dinner by the mercado folks. Good call!

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    Tomorrow, El Tajin.
  14. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    As I was walking El Centro (Papantla) last night some guy driving the other way recognized the shirt and called out to me. Had hoped to connect with another rider but that was it.

    The people I do encounter express amazement that I rode all the way from Austin. One can only wonder what they must think of RTW riders.
  15. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    I have actually ran across s few Convenience Stores with free restrooms on this ride, that is certainly a change! I strongly dislike having to pay 2 to 5 pesos to use the restroom where I just purchased fuel!

    A 100% increase in the room rate for the addition of air conditioning!. I know the electricity rates increase per KW for the more you use, but I still don't understand the $8 US plus premium for air conditioning in many places.

    Do they make you wear shirts like that when you buy a new Beemer? :huh

    Oh! Nice ride! :D
  16. Sjoerd Bakker

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    Re: bump up in room price for air conditioning .
    As explained to me by a hotel keeper in Belize, having to run
    ac does draw a good bit of electricity and when tourists come
    in they often behave in considerately . They figure since they pay
    for it they can crank it on to full freezer mode and leave it on
    all the time even when they are out of the room the full day . Or they leave doors and windows open to adjust temperature.
    I don't know how Mexican electricity rates are structured but like Ontario
    there may be different rates for different periods of the day and weekends.

    If a room with a fan is 200 pesos it is a bargain compared to US price levels but costs still need to be recovered when ac is added .
    AC is a bit of a luxury though. If one gets acclimatized and develops a bit of tolerance it is in most location possible to sleep very comfortably with simply a ceiling fan or standing fan to provide constant air movement .Your experience may differ temps always drop some during the night and I have no trouble sleeping if it is 30C and I have a fan blowing .
    If a room is hermetically sealed and I am forced to use AC it can get stuffy and
    too cold causing painful joints
  17. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    At Los Arcos, electricity is our biggest line item. Electricity is subsidized for residential but commercial gets hammered. The subsidy is 50%. We appreciate guests turning the A/C off when they leave.
  18. MikeMike

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    Residential electricity rates are based on median income, consumption, and government subsidies which are seasonal. TC gets it correct on the commercial rates!
  19. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    Yep. I cranked the AC until the room was comfortable then backed it off and relied on the ceiling fan. Shut everything off on my way out the door. Had it been just a little cooler I would've gone without AC altogether.

    The folks running the hotel are very friendly. Just a simple greeting and introduction and we are amigos. They really appreciate the simplest outreach and respect.

    Pix from this morning's walk and breakfast.

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    Interesting calendar in the cathedral

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    View of the central Parque from the cathedral

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    Nice tree ;)

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    There are two mercados adjacent to the Parque. This one has an interesting alley way.

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    She was really having her way with that bird

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    Interesting vacant building just off the Parque

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    Out front at breakfast

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    Breakfast on the balcony

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    Huevos Divorciados (what else?!)

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  20. shu

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    Interesting sights in the Zocalo in Huatusco, Veracruz..
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    Wedding ceremony presentation...

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    Crossing the flank of Pico de Orizaba at 10,060 feet..
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    I guess I'm not going any further up this road...
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    ............shu