Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. miguelito

    miguelito Been here awhile

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    A friend of mine was asking about learning some Spanish before making a trip to Copper Canyon. I started thinking about it, and came up with 39 phrases which I consider a basic requirement to having a great trip. I didn't cover arcane things like negotiating with putas, or scoring weed. Those are for the more advanced class. :) Please correct or add to any of the translations or phrases as you see fit. I would have guessed that someone has already posted here at ADV something to this effect. If not, let me know,and I'll post it up in the Latin America section somewhere.

    http://miguelitoh2o.posterous.com/miguelitoh2os-essential-spanish-phrases#
  2. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Sign me up for the advanced class. :D
  3. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Really. I took this outside an OXXO in the suburbs of Tampico in 2006, according to my notes:

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  4. Kiko

    Kiko Long timer

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    I think in #32, the answer I usually get is in time and not distance. For example: "Cuantas horas a Morelia?" There usually seems to be a disconnect when I asked how many km?
  5. miguelito

    miguelito Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I've had that response as well. The only problem is they can be telling you how many hours it takes to get there by bus,and not by moto. Still, might be good to add "horas" as an alternate pregunta.
  6. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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    Since I don't speak any Spanish I usually just say the word kilometers followed by the name of the place I'm headed with a questioning look on my face. It seems to work, but only if they grab a stick and write the number in the dirt. :lol3
  7. airdale7

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    My wife purchased a distiller and this ended my stomach pains. Now with your info I understand why. It seems that even here in the heart of the United States there are unseen organisms in the water. :1drink :puke1
  8. McFoil

    McFoil Filthy Pig

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    That's a 101 class.
  9. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    You could teach the advanced class :D
  10. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    Hi!

    I just got back from 43 days in Mexico. :D No problems! :clap Spent a lot of time in south Mexico, about a week each in Mexico City and Lazaro Cardenas. All is well. I encountered no problems of any kind! :deal I am still not home, I should get there in a few more days. I have been gone from home 50 days so far. I have also been gone 208 days for the year, but almost 50 of those days were with Tracy in Dallas.

    Donnie
  11. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    I paid half rate to cross the bridge at Nuevo Laredo last night.
  12. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    I used the Auto piste about half way or 280 pesos from Mexico City to Veracruz a few weeks ago. It was not half price there. That stretch equaled more toll road than I have ridden in Mexico combined. I don't need to do that again, even at half price.
  13. acejones

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    Why ?
  14. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    First, I prefer to ride the Libre Roads that go through the small towns. That is how you meet people and make connections. To bypass all of these small towns with a zillion speed bumps pretty much eliminates the reason I go to Mexico! Second, I resent having to pay to use a road that my gas taxes should have already paid for. And third, paying $20US to ride less than 150 miles of mediocre road is not my idea of money well spent. I also don't use the far less expensive toll roads in the US if I don't have to.
  15. acejones

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    Yeah, I know all that. I just wondered if there was some specific problem on the AutoPiste like construction or something.
    Thanks

    Regarding toll roads in the US, in our part of the US, there aren't any.
  16. airdale7

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    Not to change the subject but, what do you consider the top ten towns to avoid in Mexico?:huh
  17. acejones

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    You'll get a bunch of opinions on this.....and the answer today is not necessarily the answer tomorrow. Most will advise not spending much time around the border towns. Also, don't loiter around bars, especially late at night. Behave responsibly, with confidence and respect, and most anyplace is OK.
    YMMV
  18. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    The border towns to be sure with the exception of Mexicali and Naco. Mexicali is a clean hard working town that seems to have few problems. Naco is tiny, just down the road from Bisbee, AZ. Have some good dentists working there I've been told. On the whole, I'll agree with acejones. Use the same criteria as in any city. Bars and restaurants with gangster style cars and trucks parked in front are to be avoided
  19. going south

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    I would vote for Cabo & Cancun... Bland, touristy, antiseptic, not the kind of Mexico I like to visit...:deal
  20. airdale7

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