Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    +1 on Playa Maz hotel. Great place to splurge on a trip. And MAZ has the best sunsets on the west coast, IMO.

    Does the "standard room" include a sleeping berth? How many hours to make the crossing?
  2. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    I've yet to find a notary here that will do anything for less than a thousand pesos, and they'll probably tell you that you need a translation too.

    Notarys in Mexico are not the same as the US. There are only so many allowed per so many population, so it's an incredibly lucrative profession. All the ones around here have huge office buildings and dozens (maybe hundreds) of staff.

    My factura isn't notarized but I had no problem registering it.

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  3. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    Don't forget to ask for the key chain barcode tag from OXXO when you first top-up. You then just tell them how much you want to charge and they waft it over the scanner. It takes about 30 seconds. Very convenient.

    Oh, and my spies inform me that Telcel will be offering 4G data soon (LTE I believe) Anyone else thinking "live ride report"? :D
  4. PirateJohn

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    So if you miss the last boat on Sunday then you are out of luck if the Boquillas Hilton is booked, correct?

    Kinda surprised that the Mexicans are requiring tourist cards in a frontier area, but what the heck.


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  5. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    plus one on the sunsets part....

    the last time I crossed La Paz to Maz about 18 hours, the standard room was quite nice, 4 bunks and a bath with shower,
    and it's not hard to find some one to share it with if you want to bring the price down, the last time I got a cute little Chinese couple with me, they were exploring Mexico by car...
  6. RW66

    RW66 Been here awhile

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    My bet is that the person asking for a title did not know what he was asking for...like SR said they don't have titles down here. I would also bet that if you show your registration it would be accepted, and probably the person asking would not know the difference..
  7. MikeS

    MikeS For sure! I'm game for it

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    I think the term "title" spoken by a Mexican national means both title or registration. Not sure, but I suspect most Mexican border folks and police don't know the nuances of US title/registration paperwork. There are 50 different US states, issuing 50 different looking "titles". I get asked for title, I show registration, although that's only been at the border.
  8. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    You both have hit the nail on the head.
  9. Pedro Navaja

    Pedro Navaja Long timer

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    So what if they ask for the title? Big deal. It's not like if you lose it you can't go get another one at the DMV. In fact the one for my motorcycle never arrived from the dealer when I bought the bike. So I just went to the DMV and they printed a new one off for me.

    Paint your bike? Just go to the DMV and have them print you off a new one with a different color listed on the title.
  10. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    The whole issue was a proclamation on another board by a rider who stated that a title was required of him in Mexico several times on one trip:

    (quoted from twtex.com)

    Depending upon how you read "at a number of stops", this could be 4-5 times or more.

    I refuted his claim and stated unequivocally that a title isn't required in Mexico other than to obtain a TVIP if a state registration is used.

    Bear in mind a few things: (A) It's really no big deal if you want to take your title, (B) As said above, and as I've said before, the title/state registration thing is an issue to gringo travelers and the term title in Mexico often means ownership document, (D) This has been hashed through before in links like

    THIS

    and

    THIS

    Couple of other things - Troy is widely traveled and wrote an excellent ride report of riding from Texas, through CA, and up through his time in South America

    My only troll here about the title was to sample recent, relevant experiences in being asked for a bike's title in Mexico, to confirm from a wider pool of riders what I've posted over on twtex.com. There just isn't a lot of Mexico riders over there.

    Pretty much an underscore for the casual reader - a title is not required for travel in Mexico, unless you are not using a state registration to obtain a TVIP.

    If you want to carry it, then carry it. I don't care if you blow your nose with yours :lol3
  11. Craneguy

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    I've noticed in the past few months you can just paste the "share" link and the video embeds.

    Did the site get an upgrade?

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  12. Bato

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  13. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Our man Sjoerd is at Casona Tricepilot, and we're enjoying photos of his recent trip south through Mexico to Guatemala

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  14. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Trevor - DCStrom - our Aussie man on the road who is holding up a copy of Sjoerd's book that he got from MikeMike in Veracruz. Mike had two copies of the book and that's how Trevor ended up holding his copy up here in Guatemala :freaky

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  15. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Hecktoglider - Karri - who Sjoerd ran into in Xela

    And he just happened to be another happy owner of Sjoerd's hotel and travel guides south of the border, that he had in his possession before Sjoerd found him in Guatemala

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  16. Pedro Navaja

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    Very nice! Much better than Banda or Reggaeton!
  17. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Our man Sjoerd at The Casona

    Rode all the way here from Canada for the Moto GP weekend

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  18. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Trice, I see evidence of your Harley or JDs still lingering. :lol3

    See you at Casona tomorrow to grab the tires and then on to MotoGP. :clap

    Wish I had the stamina and spine of Sjoerd.
  19. aadal

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    Hi dudes :ear
    I'm reaching Oaxaca tomorrow if the weather lets me do it in time and would like some advice on where to stay a couple of nights if anyone knows the town. I know it's a bit late though.
  20. MikeMike

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    Avoid the Isthmus of Tehuantepec area. Winds and a cold front coming through strong tomorrow In the PM hours.