Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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  2. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    Thanks! I am already in the Hotel Castropol. Large clean room with hot water and wifi for $300 pesos, about $22.50 US

    It also has an under ground garage.
  3. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    What is this toilet seat you speak of! :huh










    Yes, it has one! :D
  4. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    I actually consider the paper work at the borders as part of the Adventure, but what do I know! :huh I never hired helpers on my trip to Central America this year, even though one did help at one point. I think the risk factor of doing the importation on line can be affected by how far you live from the border. Some folks live in Texas, some in Mississippi and some much further off. So the best solution might be dictated by ones proximity to the border if there is a problem. BTW, I crossed at Laredo headed south for the first time on my current trip, less than one hour for every thing.
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  6. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Exactly.

    I'm not so sure if I lived in Canada or even Kansas I would get an online TVIP. I would just get in line at the border.

    I can afford to do online TVIPs all day because of where I live. If I needed to cancel at the last minute I can be in Nuevo Laredo to take care of it in just a few hours.
  7. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    +1 I always fear that they are going to say no TVIP for you Johnny, go back to your quiet desperation in Estados Unidos. Then when they nod their head and go over to the TVIP printer, I have the little twinge of excitement of knowing my adventure is going to happen.
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  9. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    Thanks Trice for the ferry info and for weighing in on the TVIP question. The ferry from Topo history was interesting. It is still unclear to me if you need the original title to get the TVIP at the border or if a copy will do. I do not remember from my trip in '06. I do recall that the crossing at Columbus/Palomas was easy and efficient and back then there was no large deposit. IIRC everything was done at one place just after crossing the border. All of that may have changed in the last few years. Anyone know for certain? Thanks.

    Anyone headed for the RawHyde Adventure Rally 11.9-11? Thinking about going to that and heading South from there.
  10. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    ORIGINAL title or ORIGINAL registration in your name is what is required.
  11. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    :rofl:rofl
  12. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    I get a tingle up my leg. :lol3

    Re: title or registration, I take an official copy of my registration and this has been accepted in both México and Guatemala. Costs $3 at my local county tax office. Also carry hard and soft copies of all my docs.

    Not to stir the puddin' on the online TVIP issue but I did have a problem a year ago when my online application was denied due to Banjercito claiming they never received my docs from the previous online application. They had, of course, and I resent both the docs and the confirmation email I had received previously. Ended up having to call Banjercito in Mexico City to resolve the matter and by then I had missed my travel window. I now know better how to resolve such matters but consider what would have happened had I loaded up the bike and rolled down to the border with a few friends only to be denied entry.

    Since then I have carried docs and Banjercito receipts from previous trips and recommend this to everyone regardless of the application process you prefer.
  13. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    Yah , gots the poop on the turlet angle�� , a regular guy I am
    But seriously , yes the Montecarlo parking garage is entered by driving in the
    front door even before you register . The desk area will be on your left
    so you could stop there and sign in first . They may direct you to a special
    corner for bikes to park.( My price in 2008 was $17.50 for a single. I was moving it up
    to allow for possible increase without creating false expectations , it may still be that low!)
    I feel no shame in admitting that I am not so wealthy , that I feel compelled
    to seek out economical hotels . Low cost hotels allow me to get the benefit of a roof and
    security and sanitary facilities . To me hotels are not the reason for travel , they all
    look the same once you are asleep .

    As to the possibility of problems preventing one from getting to the border To cancel a TVIP,
    it is a real possibility and does not necessarily mean one is a worry wart. Only a few weeks ago
    I got an email from a fellow rider in Wisconsin who had bought my book and had
    done much preparation. Then , he wrote to me, as he was starting his trip he began feeling
    uncomfortable within minutes of riding out of his driveway. It alarmed him and he instead rode
    to his town's hospital where he learned he was having the start of a cardiac problem .
    End of trip to Mexico! But he caught it early and received immediate care with excellent
    prognosis , and no lasting damage . He did not say whether he had bought a TVIP online
    .If you are reading this , Brad , best wishes for your continued
    full and speedy recovery and let us know
    how or if you had to deal with a TVIP dilemma
  14. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    Was not aware of Sjoerd's book. What is the title? Is it widely available? I am planning a winter trip to Mexico equipped with Garmin NA series City Navigator and Guia Roji Mexico Tourist Road Atlas. Will these serve me well on an initial foray of a month or so or should I supplement with the new Bici Maps that was mentioned here a few or more pages back? Thoughts please.
  15. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    I have a Garmin with Bici Mapas Mexico database and it has served me well. Garmin's Mexico database compares very well and they may give you a discount as a Garmin customer. A current version of either database will be fine. If your GPS accepts a data card (like the Zumo 660/665) you should load the Mexico database onto the card instead of the GPS memory so as not to slow your GPS unit down too much.

    Ultimately you need to be able to navigate with a compass and good paper maps like the Guia Roji you have. That way you have an instrument that never fails and a database that always displays. Just sayin'......
  16. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    All food makes a turd and the finest wine turns to piss, too, but its nice to have a nice meal now and then.

    The point is, one can also mix it up without being wealthy. Staying in a nicely located and appointed place to suit your taste doesn't mark anyone as a spendthrift either.

    Back to Mexico, specifically, you can travel virtually anywhere and find accommodations to suit every budget and taste and everything in between.

    I'm sure my kids would like me to sleep on the side of the road and leave my hotel money to them, but jajaja, all they're getting is a copy of my travel photos and a nice note at my funeral.
  17. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Oooooooh, if only it were so. :cry

    Remember Catemaco?? :puke1
  18. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    :freaky :rofl :rofl

    Ok all food makes a turd as long as you're not suffering from the effects of a bad egg eaten earlier in the day. Then, it makes a er....well, you can create your own imagery :rofl
  19. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Thanks. I did.
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