MEXICO INFORMATION VOLUNTEERS:
It can sometimes be difficult to get information on another country. It would be nice sometimes to be able to talk to someone who has been there or lives there.
If you would like specific information on a part of Mexico, a specific mode of travel, or any concerns you have, you can EMail the people below and ask for information or advice. Please keep your requests tasteful and to the point, as generalized requests could be ignored.
LANGUAGE: BOTH, GEOGRAPHIC AREA: San Carlos and Area
INFORMATION: General tourist and resident information as well as real estate & rentals
LANGUAGE: BOTH, GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Querataro,Tequisquiapan, Peņa de Bernal
INFORMATION: I live in Queretaro I can help you if you are planning to visit any of these lovely places. Welcome!
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH, GEOGRAPHIC AREA: "ROCKY POINT" Puerto Penasco
INFORMATION: If you are looking for information about "ROCKY POINT" Puerto Penasco, (Arizona's Beachfront), I can help. I made my first visit in 1987, and since 1996, I have been residing and active as a guide for Scuba Diving, Fishing, Boating, Sea Life, Dining, Accomodations, Shopping and just plain Loving Life here in Rocky Point.
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH, GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Todos Santos, Pescadero, Cerritos beach (Baja Sur)
INFORMATION: I can provide comprehensive information about this area.
LANGUAGE: BOTH, GEOGRAPHIC AREA: ajijic/Lake Chapala
INFORMATION: I have family in beautiful Ajijic. My Husband was born there, and we currently travel between Oregon, and Jalisco. Being an American, with a Mexican husband, I have learned afew tidbits of info. Protocol and behavior are important. Who to trust and where to go, are both good things to know.
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH, GEOGRAPHIC AREA: La Paz, Todos Santos
INFORMATION: Tourist info, lodging, shopping, realestate, general living hints.
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH, GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Acapulco
INFORMATION: Looking to help all interested in visiting or moving to Acapulco. Questions here.
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH, GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Central Mexico
INFORMATION: Full time resident of Mexico who has just completed a book on retiring to the country. Former teacher. Will answer questions on retirement, daily life, travel, etc.
LANGUAGE: BOTH, GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Mexico and Yucatan
INFORMATION: Author and specialist on colonial Mexico, especially Yucatan
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH, GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Mexico and Cabo San Lucas
INFORMATION: I have lived and traveled in Mexico for years and I can help answer any questions you might have about any subject on Mexico.
LANGUAGE: Both, GEOGRAPHIC AREA: All Mexico
INFORMATION: : Tourist info, geographic info., roads, travel, dining, shopping, accommodation, etc. Information regarding the 5 most important tourist itineraries in Mexico. i.e. Baja California, Tarahumara Itinerary, Mondo Maya, etc.
LANGUAGE: BOTH, GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Central Mexico, Zacatecas north to Border.
INFORMATION: Tourist information, geographic info., roads, cost of living.
LANGUAGE: Both, GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Rosarito Beach.
INFORMATION: I will recommend my friends in housing, restaurant, rental, purchase, repair and recreation.
On behalf of all visitors to Virtual Mexico - Many thanks to these resource people.
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The Electricity in Mexico is 110 Volt, 60 cycles, like the USA. It may be a problem to find the modern three prong outlets in some places, so you may need a two/three prong adapter.
Travel visas are not required for Americans and Canadians, but for travelers from
some other countries, visas may be required. Check with your travel agent.
For stays outside the border areas, a Tourist Card must be obtained. It is inexpensive, and good for up to 6 months, and available from any Mexican Consulate, or at the border. If you are staying more than 30 days, make sure you tell the immigration officer as they may automatically make it for a shorter period.
If you drive your car into Mexico, you MUST get Mexican auto liability insurance. It can be purchased in the U.S. from agents near the border, or on-line on Virtual Mexico. You also need to obtain a temporary vehicle importation permit if you take your car further south than the border areas (such as Ensenada or San Carlos). This permit must be purchased (roughly $18.00 US) using a major credit card. It is usually obtained at a point about 20 kilometers past the border or past San Carlos. Make sure the car is in the driver's name and is not leased (unless you have a letter from the owner authorizing it to go to Mexico). You will need photocopies of your vehicle registration, driver's license, tourits permit, and insurance.
If you are driving behind another vehicle and no cars seem to be coming in the other direction, and the vehicle in front of you puts on the left turn signal, it usually means that the driver is indicating that it is safe for you to pass. It could also mean that he/she is turning left, but on an open highway the former is probably the case! This is useful when a big truck is in front of you and visibility is limited.
The Mexican system of law is based on the Napoleonic Code. Case law is ignored, only printed law is considered. The accused must prove his/her innocence. Judges routinely hand out long-term jail sentences to habitual criminals (3 crimes). Parole is not a part of the system. Don't carry arms, ammunition or drugs because a good lawyer won't be able to get you off in Mexico.
Weights and measures are based on the Metric system. For a conversion guide, check out our utilities page.
Tap water should be considered unsafe. Bottled water and purification tablets or drops are cheap and readily available. Most restaurants only use purified water, so they are safe. Get in the habit of not using tap water to rinse your mouth when brushing teeth, close your mouth in the shower, and avoid ice cubes unless you know they are safe! Wash skinless fruits and raw salad vegetables in purified water or soak in water that has a few drops of purifaction chemical, before consuming. You shouldn't be paranoid about it, but use caution. In many years of living in Mexico I have never been sick from bad water.
Handicapped access can be a problem. Mexico is behind some other countries in providing wheelchair accesses, etc. Sidewalks in some cities and many towns can be hazardous, or non-existent, so watch your step even if you are not handicapped!
Possession of drugs is illegal and penalties can be stiff. When driving, you may be stopped by the army or federal drug enforcement officers and your car can be searched. They are usually very courteous, and it is only a minor inconvenience. It is a little unsettling for a Canadian or American to be stopped by a group of armed soldiers, but just be co-operative and the experience won't harm you, and remember, they are doing it mainly to impress the U.S. government.