Mexico and Central America Ride Planning and Road Wisdom

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Jeff Munn, May 30, 2006.

  1. Dan Diego

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    I'd be happy to take anyone south, according to their level of comfort.

    Let me know when you're in my neck of the woods.

    I mean, what's the worst that could happen? TTFN :wave
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    jimmex Guero con moto Supporter

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    You could fall down and bruise your ego.
  3. Dan Diego

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    You guys ain't got egos?

    I fall down a lot. See RRs for me on my arse. Ego yet intact. Is that a crime?

    You boys don't mind a lil' funnin', do ya?
  4. Dan Diego

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    You were correct about the 2010 centennial (what a terrible Mejicano I must be). The rest of my description was spot on.

    Here is said stamp in passport.

    [​IMG]
  5. SkizzMan

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    We're kinda in the habit of taking ourselves down there.

    But you are generous to offer.
  6. Dan Diego

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    Yeah, it's not for everyone.
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  8. 12ride

    12ride Been here awhile

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    Do the Bicimaps for Mexico include Baja? If so
    how are they for detail of the back roads and trails of Baja? Thanks.
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  10. Charrito

    Charrito Been here awhile

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    Just now catching up on the last few pages of the thread but, if I'm not mistaken, visa is not required for the peninsula, unless you decide to ferry over to the mainland. Is this not correct? Has this changed?
  11. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Not correct.

    Baja: Tourist Visa required outside of the border zone, and everywhere else except Baja "tourist corridors."

    TVIP (bike permit): Required for the mainland only, except for mainland border zone and mainland Sonora Free Zone.

    It's all covered in the Collective Guide, below in my sig line.

    If you're a bit confused, we all were at some pont. PM me and I'll answer any and all specific FAQs as fast as I can type. I myself may even have mistyped. I answer this question all the time and as I get older, I even confuse myself. :lol3
  12. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    You have 24 hours free in the border zones before you need to get a visa.
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    TC , have the time limit rules for the border zone been tightened up recently with the other changes?
    My information has it that one was allowed to be in the BORDER ZONE for 72 hours without needing a tourist card. Rules can always change of course.
  14. Dan Diego

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    And there's another issue.

    Most international insurance providers...at least the ones I use for Mexico (Baja Bound, e.g.).....require a visa to validate the insurance (maybe that's just for comprehensive, not liability).

    And, yeah, you can't board the ferry without one, either.
  15. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Only college kids from San Diego remain in the border zone :deal
  16. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    You bring up the eternal problem of getting good information when talking to officials at the border. Every agent can have a different story. I was told 24 hrs by the agent in Naco several years back and I left it at that. I'll defer to any other info you have.

    Now I'm digging on the INM website and getting more conflicting info. There is a list of nations whose citizens don't require tourist visas and a list of those who do. USA, Canada, The UK and and the the Schengan area are
    on the don't need list. But you need a visa to get a vehicle permit and the airlines/cruise lines require a tourist card. I'll try to dig some more but I have to tend to some other stuff at the moment.
  17. Dan Diego

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    And to compound issues, I spoke directly with the head of INMI in TJ who stated that a tourist card (FMM--not technically a "visa") is required for ALL visits, even for the day; it's just not enforced.

    I told him it would never happen, especially in this environment of lackluster US tourism to the Mexican border cities. He agreed but was just stating facts.

    Have at it, if you have different info than this. Especially if you can find something to the contrary.
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    Thanks guys, got it...so just the TVIP, not the visa. I grew up moving between El Paso and Chihuahua, so have done the transaction quite a few times. I just have never crossed into BC and was not 100% on the requirement there. I did remember reading about it somewhere (now I know it was Trice's post).

    I really want to ride down there but the wife still thinks it's too dangerous to cross. What's odd is that she doesn't mind me riding in Mexico, she just doesn't want me crossing the border.:huh...says I should ship the bike, fly down, & pick it up somewhere further south.

    I'm planning on sending her to Colombia in August to visit her parents, so I might take advantage of that and plan a trip to Mexico myself.

    True...while "attending college" in El Paso I'd visit Juarez pretty much every weekend.:freaky
  19. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Flip that around. Just the visa, no vehicle permit for both states in Baja.
  20. Charrito

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    Yep, that's what I meant... I was about to blame the confusion on it still being too early, but it's almost 11am...time for a late breakfast!