Acapulco Parking and Safety

Mexican Highway 200 with Mexican road sign that says "Guerrero"

  A few more Acapulco questions from a reader… 1. We’d like to stroll down the main coast in the actual bay of Acapulco to absorb the true beauty of this place. Where can you park your car? I see lots of yellow marks on the curbs along the main road and also on the side streets, but I also see cars parked there. 2. Is it safe to walk in Zocalo during daytime, visit the church and go to […]

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Should I Bribe a Mexican Cop?

Mexican police badge, DF.

editor’s note: I recently mentioned getting pulled over by cops in Acapulco. Dan wrote  wanting to know more, and I think he raises some interesting questions about bribery in modern Mexico. Dan writes: In regards to your interaction with the cops in Acapulco, a few questions: 1. Was this federal police or local police? 2. Where were you stopped, was it on the main touristy road, Costiera Miguel Aleman? 3. What did they ask from you? 4. What’s an appropriate […]

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Is Acapulco Safe?

"Mexican Federal Highway 200" by Scott Nazelrod,

A reader writes: I really enjoyed reading your guys’ book with all the practical advices about Mexico; a question: any current concerns for traveling to and around Acapulco? -Dan Churpa responds: Hi Dan, Thanks for reading. Hmmm…Acapulco. That’s a tough one. The last time I was in Acapulco was in 2013. We drove the coastal Highway 200 from Oaxaca, through Guerrero and Michoacan, and up into Sinaloa. As you may already know, Guerrero, Michoacan and Sinaloa are all considered hot […]

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Letter from a Reader: Easy Walks in Oaxaca’s Sierra Norte?

Couple stands in front of agave on hike in Oaxaca mountains.

A reader writes: I hope this is not too detailed a question, but I have not found information elsewhere so I thought I would give you a try. My husband and I are visiting Oaxaca  and had looked forward to visiting the villages and enjoying the natural beauty of the Sierra Norte for a few days. Unfortunately, my husband is recovering from a pulled muscle. He is fine to walk around, explore villages, (sit on a bench and enjoy a […]

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Mexico’s “Crown Jewel” Toll Road Opens

baluarte bridge, durango, Mex 40-D

The headline title is amped-up for a good reason – the new Mex 40-D certainly could be a contender as “The Eighth Wonder Of The World.” Carving and spanning it’s way through mountains and across deep gorges of the southern Copper Canyon, the highway is considered a marvel by engineers all over the globe. More than a hundred tunnels and bridges were necessary in its construction and the Baluarte Bridge roadway is suspended more than a quarter-mile above the canyon […]

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Best Ride from Mexico City to SMA?

First class Mexican bus.

  A reader writes: I’m flying into Mexico City August 1st and going to San Miguel de Allende. I’ve found two different ways of getting there and wondered if there might be a better one or which of the two is the best. There’s a bus from the airport to Queretero and a cab from there to SMA. Or, I could take a cab to to Central Norte Bus Station and catch a bus direct to SMA. I was also […]

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Can the PG Help with Pain Meds?

Can I find oxycontin or percocet in Mexico?

  A reader writes: I have a fracture at l5-s1 all documented and having trouble getting pills for Paine. Can you help? editor responds: Thanks for reading. I’m so sorry you are in pain, but we can not help. It’s actually more difficult to get opioid pain meds in Mexico than it is in the United States. For more info on the ins-and-outs of buying pharmecuedicals in Mexico, we turn, as usual, to our resident-expert-on-so-many-things, El Codo. And on that […]

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Tacopedia? Yes please!


  So this is an amazing map. Further analysis and enlarged views here. It really makes me want to get a hand on the book from which it originated: La Tacopedia. Enciclopedia del Taco.  Review copy, por favor! How many of these tacos have you eaten?   (also, special thanks to the always interesting blog Geo-Mexico for alerting me to this delightful bit of ephemera.)

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Mazatlan Community?

Mazatlan's Beautiful Historic District

  A reader named Jerry is interested in retiring to Mazatlan. His  house is on the market, and when it sells he plans on spending a month in Mazatlan to check it out. If any of our Mazatlan readers want to reach out with info about rentals, recommended online communities, or life in Mazatlan, drop us a line!

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