Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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  6. larrylarry75

    larrylarry75 Aye Chihuahua

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    Been nosing around to see what if anything might be available for my Zumo 550, found this:

    BiciMapas GPS map of Mexico

    Nothing in Laying Down Tracks, couldn't find anything anywhere else in the ADV forums. They claim to be compatible with all Garmin products. Sort of. Anyone ever heard of or used their stuff? I'm ok with maps* and all that but I'm also lazy as hell and don't mind using the Zumo. Especially when it's raining like hell. :eek1

    LL75

    *AAA maps ok for Mexico? I don't do topos, they make me dizzy
  7. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    I have a Zumo 550 and have Bicimapas loaded.

    But I stopped buying updates. Maybe down the road.

    You're better off with the oft heralded Guia Roji mapset available many places including Amazon.com.

    That will get you from town to town, and then save yourself a cabeza of headaches and simply employ a taxista to get you to the parking lot of your hotel. And to get you from your breakfast table to the beginning of your route the next day.

    At some point in the future you'll have towns like San Miguel, Veracruz, Mazatlán, etc. almost memorized and you won't want the service of a taxista, and for me I like to help the local economies and ride through new, unknown towns looking at all the cool stuff following a taxista vs. trying to focus on a fuzzy Zumo display which doesn't autoroute for crap.

    So yes I would get Bicimapas but assign it the lowly status it deserves (although in actuality there is nothing wrong with the product - you just don't need it per se)

    I will say one of the paramount uses of any GPS in Mexico is recording coordinates of really cool places that you can use and share down the road. Really good hotels, restaurants, road turnoffs, vistas, are great reasons to capture GPS coordinates so you or friends can find them later.

    But as for navigation, use a paper map.
  8. BobLoblaw

    BobLoblaw Comfortably Numb

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    I stayed there in March this year . Didn't see las bellas damas:cry
  9. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    If you load Bicimapas put it on a memory card, not directly to the GPS memory. Should operate faster.

    I also wouldn't rely on GPS alone for nav in Mexico. Combined with Guia Roji it's more useful.
  10. larrylarry75

    larrylarry75 Aye Chihuahua

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    I like the following taxistas thing, seems like a nice way to contribute to the local economy. Plus they're bigger than my display. I see there are a number of Guia Roji products on Amazon; one titled Mexico Tourist Road Atlas which sells for around forty bucks. Reading the two reviews unearthed a reference to another product "Quimera's Road Guide" at a lower price and claimed to provide a bit more detail. Always something isn't there? :evil Comments?

    Thenkuvermuch,

    LL75
  11. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Get this one

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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    In the beginning while you're getting used to this, you can use something you've printed in spanish asking for directions to your destination. Just leave the destination blank and tell him what it is.

    Piece of advice: always negotiate the price of your taxi guide's services in advance. I neglected to do that once last month - in Chihuahua (city), and the taxista basically asked for double the going rate. Expect to pay on average about 70 pesos at most, unless you ask the taxi driver to wait outside a grocery store etc.
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    Omar's E32 cartography is good especially if you're going off-road. :jose
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    larrylarry75 Aye Chihuahua

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    Thank you jimmex,

    Screaming also helps if you're going off road but does anyone hear you? Cartography gives me dizzy spells, therefore I try to stay on track and avoid sudden changes in direction, particularly vertical ones or those around the longitudinal axis. You'll discover the wisdom of this as you grow older.

    LL75:muutt
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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Interactive map of Pueblos Mágicos

    If you're trying to plan a route through Mexico, here's another tool you can use in your brainstorming session to determine where to go and what to see.

    For further information, click on the pop-up links provided for each Pueblo Mágico on the map, or separately, search YouTube with the location name.

    The map is moveable and scaleable
  20. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Another list of possible Mexico destinations from this book:

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    BAJA CALIFORNIA
    • San Felipe
    • Valle de Guadalupe
    BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR
    • Loreto
    • Mulegé
    • San Ignacio
    • San Jóse del Cabo
    • Santa Rosalía
    • Todos Santos
    CAMPECHE
    • Campeche
    • Edzná
    CHIAPAS
    • Comitlán de Domínguez
    • Chiapa de Corzo
    • Palenque
    • San Cristóbal de las Casas
    • Yaxchilán
    • Bonampak
    • Zinacantán
    • San Juan Chamula
    CHIHUAHUA
    • Batopilas
    • Creel
    • Hidalgo del Parral
    • Nuevas Casas [Nuevo Casaas Grandes]
    • Mata Ortíz
    • Cuarenta Casas
    COAHUILA
    • Cuatro Ciénegas
    • Parras
    COLIMA
    • Cómala
    FEDERAL DISTRICT
    • Coyoacán
    GUANAJUATO
    • Atotonilco
    • Dolores Hidalgo
    • Guanajuato
    • San Miguel De Allende
    • Yuriria
    GUERRERO
    • Cacahuamilpa
    • Taxco
    HIDALGO
    • El Chico
    • Huasca
    • Mineral del Monte [Real del Monte]
    • Tula
    JALISCO
    • Chapala
    • Ajijic
    • Lagos de Moreno
    • Mazamitla
    • Puerto Vallaría
    • San Sebastián del Oeste
    • Tapalpa
    • Tequila
    • Tlaquepaque
    MEXICO STATE
    • Malinalco
    • Teotihuacán
    • Acolman
    • Tepotzotlán
    • Valle De Bravo
    MICHOACÁN
    • Angangueo
    • Cuitzeo
    • Paricutín
    • Angahuan
    • Santiago Nurío
    • Paracho
    • Pátzcuaro
    • Santa Clara del Cobre
    • Zirahuén
    • Tlalpujahua
    • Tzintzuntzan
    MORELOS
    • Cuernavaca
    • Tepoztlán
    • Tétela del Volcán
    • Xochicalco
    • Yecapixtia
    NAYARIT
    • Mexcaltitán
    NUEVO LEÓN
    • Bustamante
    • Villa de García
    OAXACA
    • Cuilapan
    • Arrasóla
    • Ixtlán De Juárez
    • Mitla
    • Monte Albán
    • Ocotlán
    • San Bartólo Coyotepec
    • Santa María del Tule
    • Tlacochahauya
    • Tlacolula
    • Dianzú
    • Yanhuitlán
    PUEBLA
    • Cuetzalan
    • Cholula
    • Huejotzingo
    • Tonantzintia
    • San Francisco Acatepec
    QUERÉTARO
    • Bernal
    • Jalpan
    QUINTANA ROO
    • Bacalar
    • Cozumel
    • Holbox
    • Isla Mujeres
    • Playa del Carmen
    • Tulum
    SAN LUIS POTOSÍ
    • Real de Catorce
    SINALOA
    • Cósala
    SONORA
    • Alamos
    • Magdalena de Kino
    TLAXCALA
    • Tlaxcala
    YUCATAN
    • Chichen Itza
    • Izamal
    • Uxmal
    • Valladolid
    VERACRUZ
    • Coatepec
    • Los Tuxtlas
    • Papantia
    • Tlacotalpan
    ZACATECAS
    • Guadalupe
    • Jerez
    • Sombrerete