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The mordida (nibble) is unfortunately deeply ingrained in Mexico, although mostly a feature of local police and not the federal police or the military, and there are various anti-corruption initiatives at work in the larger cities. Generally, the interaction involves being pulled over for a traffic offense like speeding or not wearing a seat belt. The ...


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While the kidney thing is almost certainly nonsense, there have been quite a few (by Canadian standards) Canadians murdered in Mexico, and the police investigations verge on nonsensical. Like the young man found in a ditch covered in injuries and the police said "he must have fallen off his motorcycle, and then perhaps someone stole it since there's no sign ...


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Backdoor Jobs is probably my favourite resource for out of the ordinary job adventures. It includes a variety of different jobs for different people with different backgrounds and experiences. A lot of the jobs listed are leading groups or hiking / trekking, BUT there are a lot of other ones available too. The owner / writer of the site Michael Landers ...


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An e-mail to Kahlúa asking about tours was answered with: Thanks for your email and your interest in Kahlúa. Unfortunately we don't currently offer a tour of the Kahlúa facilities. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Best regards Martin


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Mexico is a great place, and for the most part safe. Obviously you should use common sense, but you will be fine. The resorts and tours are also safe, so enjoy yourself. I lived in southern Mexico for a couple of years and never had a problem (I'm a tall, blonde, white American), Mexicans are very friendly. I do speak Spanish though, and have always felt ...


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I haven't been to Mexico myself yet, but I've given this some thought recently, from the perspective of visiting Yucatán peninsula (incl Cancún) and maybe other places like Puebla and Veracruz. (Specifically, I've read news and blog posts, and talked with Mexicans and others who've been there.) Here's a summary of my understanding (Nov 2012): How ...


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This varies from Car Rental company to Car Rental company. I've found someone who compiled the list of most major car rental companies and their policy w.r.t. to driving the car to Mexico. Most don't allow it. Some do allow it with additional coverage for just such an occasion like Budget. So if you know which car rental company you will be renting from ...


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Before I visited Mexico for the first time, I also heard many stories about how dangerous it is, especially from Mexicans living in L.A. Then I spent three wonderful months all over Mexico without anything bad happening to me. I consider the part of Cancún where all the hotels are an even safer place. There are only hotels, shopping malls/restaurants and ...


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Many do, but at a very poor exchange rate. At the time of this post, there are 13.15 mexican pesos per US dollar. But you'll usually get an exchange rate in the range of 10:1-11.5:1. I saw several exchange rates in this range in Puerto Vallarta (which isn't a border town, but does cater to many US tourists) last weekend. The best exchange rate will ...


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A nephew of mine witnessed a shooting at a gas station in Northern Mexico when driving from Mexico City to Texas, but then again that can happen anywhere. I saw a shooting last time I was in L.A. When I was in Mexico in 2008/2009 the northern states felt just as safe as the rest of the country. I did not drive but used public transport and walked a lot. I ...


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After some more research, and help from a friend here in Mexico, I have found that the following bus lines (listed in alphabetical order) offer free WiFi on some of their routes: Autobuses Americanos provided me with Internet access between Austin, TX and Laredo, TX, but once we crossed into Mexico, the Nuevo Laredo to Monterrey stretch had no Internet ...


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According to Mexperience.com, some buses do indeed have wifi onboard, but generally only in Executive Class buses: ETN's buses now offer WiFi on some routes. The service is free and enables you to send/receive email, surf the net and make internet-based phone calls from the bus using a service like Skype. Service quality varies and, depending on ...


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Contacting Aaron Vanek who wrote an article with examiner.com about a tour of the factory may give you a good start. On location with Kahlua coffee liqueur in Mexico (part VI - finale)


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From the US Consulate: Tourists to Mexico wishing to travel beyond the border zone with their car must obtain a temporary import permit or risk having their car confiscated by Mexican customs officials. To acquire a permit, one must submit evidence of citizenship, title for the car, a car registration certificate and a driver's license to a ...


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First, in general, if you take a shore excursion from the ship then you are protected against getting back late. The ship will wait for you. If you take an independent excursion, the ship will leave without you, you are subject to fines, and it is your problem as to how to get to the next port to rejoin the ship. I have experienced first hand an excursion ...


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You need to remove the permit from the windshield, which needs to be turned in, and carry it with you. Customs wants it back to refund the deposit and they will not let you get a new permit if you have not turned in an old one. If the car is involved in a accident and is a total loss it is best to remove the permit from the windshield. If the car is stolen ...


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The volcano is almost straight west from the church. So you will have to go east from it to get that view. To find the right spot, one source would be the explorer bar of Google maps. If you open google maps along the road Routa Quetzalcoatl and check the bottom photo bar, you can hover over photos. There will be a white line from the photo to the map ...


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Since you mention that you are open to getting to Cuba not necessarily directly from Europe but through a intermediate destination, my recommendation would be to consider one of two Canadian travel hubs: Montreal and Toronto. I recommend these because destinations in and around where Cuba are the main tourist places for Canadians for a big chunk of the ...


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Short answer: You're still OK, but you have to leave the US before January 8th. You can go anywhere you wish, but before you try to re-enter the US, you must enter a country other than Mexico, Canada or the Caribbean states. For example, it will be fine to travel to Mexico, then Costa Rica, and then return to the US. Longer answer: It's important to ...


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These are some tips based on my own experience driving extensively in Mexico (although not so much specifically along the Baja peninsula) Don't travel between major cities at night. Especially within 2 hours of the U.S. border. This is where the drug cartels are generally most active, and kidnappings are most common. Drive an unimpressive vehicle if ...


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According to the visa rules for Mexico that I got off IATA, the rules say (for Philippines passport holders): Visa required, except for a stay of max. 180 days: for alien residents of United Kingdom holding a permanent residence permit. for holders of a valid visa for the USA. CIBT elaborates that no passport is required for people who: ...


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The Pan American Highway is probably the most popular route. Mexico and possibly other countries require insurance from an underwriter in that country. It will probably be a lot cheaper to arrange that before the trip. It would be worth checking to see if it is unsafe to travel in certain areas, and at night. In Nicaragua, for example, there have been ...


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Playa del Carmen has a great location - about mid-way between Cancun and Tulum - both big tourist destination. Though, it can hold it's own... We were there for a wedding recently, and can't wait to go back. Here's a list of things we enjoyed and highly recommend - The Beach at Playa Del Carmen - one of the best, and not as crowded or commercial as those ...


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Ok, maybe not an actual answer, but this might be another option: An ex-coworker who used to have a boat and told me that is quite easy to get a lift on a boat or yacht from Mexico towards (south-) west; so if you're on a budget and not in a hurry you could try to buy a one-way plane ticket to Mexico and then sail back towards NZ or AUS from Mexico. Right ...


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The British FCO seems to indicate that Dengue Fever is still a risk in Mexico: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/north-central-america/mexico1 (Scroll down or CTRL-F to find the passage about Dengue Fever)


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The category on Driving in Mexico on Wikitravel has a couple of things to say: Never drive above the speed limit or run stop signs/red lights as Mexican police will use any excuse to pull over tourists and give you a ticket. If pulled over by a police officer soliciting a bribe, do not pay the amount requested, but pull out USD$50 or 500 pesos, and ...


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Nafta has long allowed Mexican trucks to go 50 miles into Texas, and recently they have successfully sued to be able to operate in the US. That said, only one shipping company currently operates as such, and I don't remember it's name. Still, even with that 50 miles, you might be able to cross into TX , drop the trailer, and return to Mexico for your drop ...


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Here are some links to travel jobs to get your started: http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/work/shortterm/tourism_hospitality_gap_year_jobs_abroad.shtml - all sorts of jobs, however not particular South America related http://www.tefl.com/jobs/search.html - currently only 4 language jobs in Mexico; but a lot more in other countries. This job here ...


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I did a few searches. This UK travel company has a 15-day itinerary. This regional summary has 7 stops each for a day or two with some possible side trips. So it certainly seems reasonable that you could create your own route and spend a very enjoyable 21 days.


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The official Mexican Customs website has this document, which states aliens can temporarily import a car into Mexico for as long as their immigration status lasts. In your case, this would be until your FM3 visa expires. Quote: "Cuánto tiempo puede permanecer en México el vehículo importado ... el plazo que dure tu calidad migratoria" Also, the ...



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