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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
In about a week I'm going to Mexico for the first time! It's just for a business meeting, so it's not for long and I won't have much time to myself, but I'm pretty excited about it. I have found what looks to be an awesome Yucatan restaurant to take my group to, though.

Any advice on traveling to Mexico? (I know to drink only bottled water and to bring some immodium .)
post #2 of 18
What part of Mexico are you going to? Ive been to Mexico City and my advice there is DONT DRIVE!
post #3 of 18
OOOOO! Where in Mexico? I've only been to touristy spots so not much advice, but it was beautiful!
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
We're going to Cancun, so it's a pretty touristy spot. (I've been told not to attempt driving there, either.)
post #5 of 18
Wow Tari..........that's something! You'll have to have lunch with Rigel and Gema!!!
post #6 of 18
Watch out for scammers. They are everywhere in Mexico. Someone will always be trying to sell you something. Don't even look at them, keep walking.

Also if you do buy something from someone, you can always haggle the price. It does help to speak spanish though.

Just rememeber what I should have learned. Just because the tequilla is free in Mexico doesn't mean you should drink all of it.

Most importantly, don't forget your passport! And don't loose it while you are there.

Oh, and sunscreen. That is good too.
post #7 of 18
aww, no fair! i would love to go to mexico.
post #8 of 18
I just got back with my cat, Persi which I posted as Persi's Mexican Trip report. When people leave Mexico and head for the U.S. they always tell each other don't drink the water. It works both ways. This all has to do with local bacteria and if you eat local yogurt every day I have never heard of anybody getting sick either way. Just a little something the tour books forget to mention under essential information. Have a good time!
post #9 of 18
Hi Tari!...
I hope this are not late for you!....
Unfortunately CanCun is so far from Mérida, but I hope some day you can turn around to My city!...
Here´s a good link with a really good information not only of Merida, but also the destinations and some advices about the food, shows, place to visit and else!
http://www.yucatantoday.com/
I really wish have you a good stay in our country!...
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Breal76 View Post
Also if you do buy something from someone, you can always haggle the price. It does help to speak spanish though.

Most importantly, don't forget your passport! And don't loose it while you are there.

Oh, and sunscreen. That is good too.
it's been my experience that, especially in tourist areas, 'how much' is easily understood, even in english!
definitely bring your passport if you have one. the line for people w/passports to re-enter the country is always shorter than the line for those w/proof of citizenship & photo id. assuming that Mexico still only requires that... it's been awhile since i checked the regs.
post #11 of 18
Well I hate to put a damper on your thread...but well...here it is. Thankfully you won't be along the border towns...its dangerous in those areas. See, we are originally from south Texas...The Rio Grande Valley more specifically...right across the river (Rio Grande) from Mejico. Anyway...drug trafficking and gangs have just gotten so bad there this last year. People don't even want to cross the border at all because of the danger. Now as I said, you're going into a different area but please, just the same, stay safe, be careful and have a pleasant visit.


Hilda >^..^<
post #12 of 18
Maybe Tari is in México right now.....she didn´t replied yet!
so this was late for her........rats!....
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
it's been my experience that, especially in tourist areas, 'how much' is easily understood, even in english!
definitely bring your passport if you have one. the line for people w/passports to re-enter the country is always shorter than the line for those w/proof of citizenship & photo id. assuming that Mexico still only requires that...
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it's been awhile since i checked the regs
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Passports required as of 23:59, December 31, 2006
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Nope! Not too late at all. I was just busy last weekend getting my stepson off to college. I don't leave until this Friday.

Thanks for the advice, and for the link to the information! I'm going to check it out now!
post #15 of 18
One thing I'll note to you is to watch out for groups of [cute] little kids.

Granted my experience was in Tijuana, but a group of little kids surrounded me on the walk around town. A couple of them were brushing up against me and luckily one of the other people I was with was behind me and knew spanish. She said something to them in spanish, they parted.

She later asked if I was missing anything from my pockets. Some of the kids were picking at me I guess.

Cancun is probably better since its touristy, but just thought I would FYI.
post #16 of 18
I would be too worried to go to Mexico right now. We've had one couple from the Toronto area slaughtered in their hotel room about 1 year ago and the Mexican police immediately accused 2 of our other tourists of doing the dirty deed. They have since been cleared but it was traumatic for these young women and one of the workers at the resort who is wanted for questioning has not been found in that whole time. Then, just last week a young man from Toronto was killed while he and his friend were at a tourist night club. The Mexican police say it was a hit and run, but witnesses have said they saw him getting beaten to death and then thrown on the road.

A lot of Canadians (myself included) think the Mexican authorities are trying to cover these things up in order not to hurt the tourist business.

After hearing all this, I would definitely go somewhere else for my vacation.

I'm certain there are very safe areas in Mexico where these things don't happen, but the first couple were at a resort and that's scary.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever View Post
Wow Tari..........that's something! You'll have to have lunch with Rigel and Gema!!!
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Originally Posted by CoolCat View Post
Hi Tari!...
I hope this are not late for you!....
Unfortunately CanCun is so far from Mérida, but I hope some day you can turn around to My city!...
Here´s a good link with a really good information not only of Merida, but also the destinations and some advices about the food, shows, place to visit and else!
http://www.yucatantoday.com/
I really wish have you a good stay in our country!...
Man!!!.... I thought that too... Too bad it's so far away from Rigel! It would have been cool for someone to go and see him! Have fun in Mexico though!
post #18 of 18
I love Mexico. The people are friendly and the food is great. Watch out for ice cubes, though, not just drinking water.

Hope you have a great time!

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
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