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Road Trip through Mexico

 
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There are corrupt check points throughout Mexico where the police there will look to $hake you down, be prepared. Of all the destinations you mentioned I'd be extra careful in Mexico city as it is a dangerous place for a gringo.
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A friend did the drive twice, he told me you have to bribe police so have spare change, stay off certain roads, do not I repeat do not drive at night.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 58127326


This. My wife is Mexican-American and her entire family is from Mexico, but I've never even been there because she tells me the Federalis are super corrupt. Apparently now there are some places where Americans are pretty safe, mostly very touristy areas, but once you get out in the open country, the police will shake you down any chance they get.

And apparently, the whiter/fairer you are, the more money they'll want from you because they're taught that blond haired blue eyed ppl (like me) always have the most money...
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03/10/2017 08:18 AM
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My God, American posters here are cowards when it comes to Mexico.
I do agree that public transport buses are easier and safer than driving yourself. The first class buses are cheap, but they are comfortable. It's not like bus travel in the states where only the underclass takes the bus. Buses run everywhere and do so frequently.
Mexico is a wonderful country.
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A friend did the drive twice, he told me you have to bribe police so have spare change, stay off certain roads, do not I repeat do not drive at night.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 58127326


Libtards located in the US who don't mind America becoming more like Mexico - and who think it's racist or xenophobic to say and think otherwise - should be forced to spend the rest of their life in Mexico.




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i'm here to escape the libs.

church, federales, cartels , . .
strictly medieval here, . .
but with low profile it's all fine.
get on friendly personal footing with
the mextizos and it's a world and an
experience that's just down-home like
everywhere ought to be.
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03/10/2017 08:32 AM
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Friend went with a group tour of whale migration down Baja Penninsula

Wanted to go the next year- take a friend- fantastic sightings

Your organizer Got less than a dozen to sign up for tour- cancelled

Only did yours with at least 2 dozen MEN - about 30 (US) people in tour.

Small groups were preyed upon - tour operator learned from experience to ONLY go in LARGE groups.
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There are corrupt check points throughout Mexico where the police there will look to $hake you down, be prepared. Of all the destinations you mentioned I'd be extra careful in Mexico city as it is a dangerous place for a gringo.
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When I was 16, I lived in San Diego near the Tijuana border. It was standard practice for high school kids to go to Tijuana and get knee skinning, commode hugging drunk then stumble back home over the border.

Today I wouldn't do that.
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I've been to Cuba, Cambodia, Turkey, etc...but there's this stigma that traveling in Mexico is dangerous.

I plan on driving during the day and staying in places like Monterey, Veracruz, Tampico, Mexico City, Lago de Chapala, Pacific coast.

I'll be driving a fairly nice Toyota Tundra. Should I be concerned?

Why is Mexico off limits? Any Mexicans have any tips? I speak a little Spanish and love Hispanic culture. Should I not venture south of the border?
 Quoting: JIK



Yes, you should be concerned.

Every day you will be stopped by the police for no reason. Every day you will be required to bribe the police before they let you go. It is the expectation, if you are from the states.

They think we are all rich and expect their damn payment!
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03/10/2017 08:53 AM
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................and all those Hispanics in the US now legally and illegally, will turn it into Mexico within 50 yrs.
 Quoting: Johnny Be Good


Much in part because of the guidance Liberal whites who encourage & celebrate the worst of what our people have to offer.

When my grandparents arrived in the sixties, they knew that they had to adjust to the American way of life and her customs.

They found that America was superior in every way and worked hard at building a life here.

Now white leftists (and others) have trained the Hispanic masses that those of us who honor America and the Constitution as uncle toms or worse.

You think being White in 2017 is tough?
Trying being a Hispanic who truly believes in the America the founding Fathers intended.

If you want to rout the invaders, start with your own people. Self hating Whites are worse than any illegal because they attack whole systems whereas the illegal cant think past today in most cases.

The White leftest typically enjoys
comforts not available to the illegal, it gives them time to think about how to destroy our country.

If you go to El Salvador, you will find whole towns full of conservative people who rejoice in Christ and hate socialism.
(Areneros aka The National Republican Alliance)

Right now the are battling a communist regime with strong ties to MS13.

Are they subhuman too?

Our leaders are bringing the worst of what the 3rd world has to offer so that we will be at each others throat at all times.

You have a problem with Refugees but dont consider that a small few may have the same ideals as we do.

I say let those in and throw the commies back into the sea.

If it comes down to fema camps gor the scum, I am 100% on board.
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03/10/2017 08:56 AM
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Expect to be stoped often with US. plates on your car. You will be paying out, so bring lots of spare cash.
This will be a fact.

Pay no mind to the flag, Im in Mx, now. Have been for several yrs.

Two weeks ago a friend living here from Austria, got stoped because he ran a red light ,and didn't see the police at the corner.

Police stoped him, in the end we always pay cash..its easier.
But this time the officer told friend. If you were American, you would have had to pay more.
He had to pay 500.pesos, dbl if a yank, 1,000.

Mexico city, driving is a disaster. A study just came out, Mx city is one of the worlds worst cities to drive in. It will take you 60percent longer to get around, and that is if you know where you're going.

For the most part, the people are very friendly and helpful here. You might want to check out a town called San Miguel de Allende, lots of Americans there.

Have a fun and safe trip hf
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Mexico is a failed narco state. Why do you think poor people down there pay human smugglers (who rape them on the journey) to come up here? Because it's just SOOOO great down there?!?! Riiiiight.
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Any chance you can cross the boarder with a dog?
I'm not sure what the rules are but if you are able, always travel with a big ass loyal dog.

I have never traveled to Mexico so I can't speak for it specifically but here's my two cents on traveling:

When I travel to larger cities both domestic and abroad, I always dress way down. Dress in older clothing that fits in with the locals. Appear as if you would be a complete waste of time to rob.

Also always keep your head up. Make direct eye contact with everyone. Acknowledge everyone who makes eye contact with you with a simple and confident nod.

Carry yourself as if you are confident, aware and own your space.

I am female. I live and work in a downtown area with many unsavory types roaming about. I routinely go in and out of both my home and work place at all hours of the night and I have yet to have anyone give me any problems. Hopefully my luck holds out :p

But in all seriousness, I believe a lot of it is confidence and awareness of your surroundings.

Most people, even those with ill intent, are lazy and not looking for a struggle. If they don't see you as an easy target they usually move on and if they believe you might be a very difficult target, they will most certainly look for easier prey.

Corrupt law enforcement, however, may be a different set of rules and I have not had to deal with that situation specifically, perhaps someone else could chime in? I would be interested to hear advice on evading trouble with compromised officials. It is certainly an entirely different set of tactics.
 Quoting: Sammie



Sammie,

Do yourself a favor and never travel to Mexico. You are so naive that you would not last an hour on the street down here.

Not being rude - just doing you a favor by being brutally honest...
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03/10/2017 09:12 AM
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I've been to Cuba, Cambodia, Turkey, etc...but there's this stigma that traveling in Mexico is dangerous.

I plan on driving during the day and staying in places like Monterey, Veracruz, Tampico, Mexico City, Lago de Chapala, Pacific coast.

I'll be driving a fairly nice Toyota Tundra. Should I be concerned?

Why is Mexico off limits? Any Mexicans have any tips? I speak a little Spanish and love Hispanic culture. Should I not venture south of the border?
 Quoting: JIK


LOL!!!

Buh-bye!
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Rent a car in Mexico with Mexican plate. The cops will harass you if they see U.S. plates. I have a friend and his wife that drive to San Miguel de Allende all the time. They stop in an alley once in Mexico and take the Texas plate off and put on Mexican ones. Save a lot of bribing.
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I've driven all over Mexico. I've met travelling American retirees all over the country, in the weirdest locations. Just stay away from Culiacan and Acapulco on the west coast. It's a great country.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2017536


The crime statistics on tourists are not released. But this comment from a Canadian is typical of the brain dead under Trudeau.

For cripes sake, even the CBC has done the stories on the dozens of Canadian retired folks who have been murdered in Mexico in recent years.

OP is a fool.
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03/10/2017 09:20 AM
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Spent 6 months driving all over Mexico...to deal with cop shakedowns:
I made 6 color front and back copies of my license and laminated them.
The cops take your license and tell you to meet them at the station.
I would hand over my "license", stall while they left, and then hit the road.
Never failed 5 for 5.

Get a locking gas cap and enjoy!
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I remember a brief visit to Mexico when I was a teen .... over 50 years ago. We went into a bank. I remember the guards with automatic weapons. I remember the metal grates on all the windows like I'd never seen before.
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I've been to Cuba, Cambodia, Turkey, etc...but there's this stigma that traveling in Mexico is dangerous.

I plan on driving during the day and staying in places like Monterey, Veracruz, Tampico, Mexico City, Lago de Chapala, Pacific coast.

I'll be driving a fairly nice Toyota Tundra. Should I be concerned?

Why is Mexico off limits? Any Mexicans have any tips? I speak a little Spanish and love Hispanic culture. Should I not venture south of the border?
 Quoting: JIK


I've no inside info but if I were you I'd wait.
Just Waiting
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I would avoid Tamaulipas, Guerrero and possibly Michoacán and Sinaloa if I were you. For the most part, things have quieted down a little, violence-wise, since President Calderón left power, but still the CIA and their narco chimps remain busy killing themselves off.

Monterrey is relatively safe, but a bit boring. It is mainly a polluted, deforested, americanized, industrial city. Nothing much to see here.

Places I have visited in the past that I loved were Xilitla and Real de Catorce, in San Luis Potosí; San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato; Mexico City; Lo de Marcos, Nayarit; Jalisco and the Lacandon Jungle, in Chiapas.

Oaxaca is pretty cool, but nowadays teacher protests disrupt highways and airports and stuff. It's a shame since personally, I love this place the most - especially its Sierras.

Gather as much info as possible on the places you want to visit. Keep a low profile. Be aware of your body language. Take standard tourist precautions. Stay away from stereotypes. Be respectful, but firm.

And most importantly: Avoid saying 'Vaya con Dios', since it is a very archaic expression people no longer use!

Enjoy your trip and be safe, OP!

hf
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A friend did the drive twice, he told me you have to bribe police so have spare change, stay off certain roads, do not I repeat do not drive at night.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 58127326


The thing about this is whether or not you are scared of what might happen. What if you aren't scared and when someone pulls you over you shoot them all with a 40 cal?

Just drive through Mexico in the middle of the night, gun cocked and fucking ready.

First bitch strolls up on you? BOOM. Look, I'm in Tampico by the pool drinking a margarita?

That guy?

Dead as a motherfucker out in the desert.

Whatever. Cops, Narco terrorists, Cartel, whatever. Come within 20 feet and shoot them no questions asked

Problem solved OP.
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03/10/2017 09:28 AM
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I wouldn't drive through that satanic death country in a tank. Shat hole
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I go on solo surf trips through Mexico all the time. Just be smart and try to fly under the radar.
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My God, American posters here are cowards when it comes to Mexico.
I do agree that public transport buses are easier and safer than driving yourself. The first class buses are cheap, but they are comfortable. It's not like bus travel in the states where only the underclass takes the bus. Buses run everywhere and do so frequently.
Mexico is a wonderful country.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2017536


TONS of Americans have travelled to Mexico, myself included, and have been rolled or worse. If you want to stay imprisoned at a 'resort', sure, go ahead. But to drive around Mexico and think nothing will happen to you? BS! There are some areas, but most are not safe for Americans.

Even whole busses have been forced to stop, and the people robbed. That happened to my dad, as well as others I know.

Drop the 'coward' bs, it is what it is.

If Op wants to go to a resort area, they should be safe. Ditto for other places such as the Jamaica, Bahamas, etc... Wonder out of those so called 'protected' areas, and you are prey. You may get lucky, you may not.

Americans have been going to Mexico FOR YEARS AND YEARS. Times have changed, and the reality is that it is NOT a safe country to just wonder about for americans.
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03/10/2017 09:37 AM
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^^^im not from Canada. Im from socal.

And anyone telling you to bring a gun to Mexico is completely retarded.
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I've driven all over Mexico. I've met travelling American retirees all over the country, in the weirdest locations. Just stay away from Culiacan and Acapulco on the west coast. It's a great country.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2017536


The crime statistics on tourists are not released. But this comment from a Canadian is typical of the brain dead under Trudeau.

For cripes sake, even the CBC has done the stories on the dozens of Canadian retired folks who have been murdered in Mexico in recent years.

OP is a fool.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74403161


^^THIS

Same for americans. Way too many americans have been victims, had family members who were victims, or friends who were victims. That is just the reality of the situation.
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Where lots of bling as you travel thru Mexico!
Say to the Mexicans "I be rich"
You'll meet many new friends!
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Where lots of bling as you travel thru Mexico!
Say to the Mexicans "I be rich"
You'll meet many new friends!
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Wear!
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I'll be driving a fairly nice Toyota Tundra. Should I be concerned?

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Lived in Rocky Point / puerto penasco for a time
in the 90s.
Drove back and forth from AZ to my rental beach house with my kids.
What I learned is : Police / Mafia = Same thing.
Mexican landlord told me this.

Had 2 very scary / dangerous experiences.....
Stayed in AZ and never went back / feel lucky I survived and guilty to subjected my kids to this shit.

Things were as bad then as they are now.
Mexico very very mad at us
NOT SAFE
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I love Mexico! BUT, it is a dangerous place for many Gringos, and I will tell you why…

1. Smile, these poor people will KILL YOU for $5.00 so, SMILE so it won't happen.

2. Have the appearance that you are either a) CRAZY as a cat full of gin or b) Poor as a church mouse….. and when in doubt, combine the two…

3. as mentioned before, NEVER DRIVE AT NIGHT!

4. Stay out of places with roads hardly ever travelled… they lead to smuggler's cove, and they are armed to the gold teeth!

5. Leave all WOMEN at home…. they are a liability in Mexico!

6. Better to just PAY THE BRIBE… it's always cheaper in the end.