Informative Travel Blogs–Baja to El Salvador

My friend Cornelius pointed me in the direction of his friends Matt and Emily, who are currently traveling through Central America. Their blogs have neat pictures and detailed information that could be of use to anyone interested in riding a motorcycle in Mexico, couchsurfing, crossing Latin American borders, finding cheap, reasonably safe accommodations in San Salvador and bussing across Central America. Sigh…

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Can I Rent a Car in Mexico and Drive to Panama?

  Just received this missive from a reader: Hi.  I can’t find any useful information about the logistics of renting a car in Mexico (Cancun), and driving it south to Panama.  Is it possible?  What papers would I need (other than passport)?  Please help! I’m not in the habit of renting cars in Mexico, and I’ve never driven as far south as Panama. Anyone got anything on this?

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Aduana Updates Merchandise Allowances

Mexican border at agua prieta.

El Codo just alerted me to the following updates to the Mexico entry allowances. “Duty-free allowance is a tax exemption granted by the Mexican Government to a national or foreign passenger for certain merchandise he is bringing in Mexico. Passengers entering Mexico by land are allowed to import merchandise additional to their baggage for up to $300.00 USD.* Persons that reside in the north border are allowed to import merchandise for up to $150.00 USD.* During holiday periods –Easter, Summer, […]

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The Temporary Import Permit Tempest

By Captain Elizabeth Shanahan Owner SG Boat Works Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico   A number of published news reports about the temporary import permit audit performed at twelve Mexican marinas by the Mexican IRS earlier this month have unnecessarily upset boat owners and disrupted normal business dealings in the marine industry. But the facts don’t support any hysteria. “Don’t worry about your boats,” Tere Grossman, spokesperson for the Mexican Marinas Association says. “I expect the liens to be lifted in […]

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Crossing the Border to Mexico: Requirements for Minors

As I’ve written before, Mexico is an ideal country for family travel. Luckily, kids are also easier to import than dogs, cats, or God forbid, tropical birds. To get a passport, minors under the age of 14 must show proof both of citizenship and proof of relationship to the applying parent(s) or guardian(s). You will find the various applications and forms you will need at www.travel.state.gov. To get a Mexican tourist card, both parents’ written notarized consent is required if […]

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Crossing the Border at Douglas/Agua Prieta

  We prefer smaller borders like Douglas/Agua Prieta because the lines are shorter.  This particular border is fairly easy to deal with: lanes are well marked and this time only one car was ahead of us in line. We were stopped by U.S. Customs on the gringo side and enjoyed the usual interrogation from a suspicious customs agent with textbook level attention to grooming and uniform. He peered into our packed ’87 Dodge van with apparent incomprehension. I wasn’t sure […]

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Cheese Smugglers!

My friend Jazmin, who is from rural Guerrero, complains that she can never find really good cheese in the U.S. By really good cheese she means the fresh cheese she grew up eating on the rancho. Evidently she’s not alone in her longing: officials along the U.S./Mexico border are busy nabbing cheese smugglers. According to The Alpine Avalanche, CBP officers assessed $6,097.84 in penalties in 21 incidents. Mostly it sounds like the “criminals” are people returning to the U.S. after […]

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Letter from a Reader: Importing Pets

Renata writes: “I appreciate your website and may be moving to Mexico someday with my soon-to-be husband. We have many animals but only 3 are dogs. Do you have any tips for bringing guinea pigs or parakeets into Mexico?” Carl responds: “I think my only tip is to be sure you have the proper health certificates — the biggest hassle is usually getting birds back into the U.S.” Editor’s note: International health certificates for the export of animals from the […]

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The 800 Mile Wall | John Carlos Frey

I know I have another post on the border fence, but please bear with me because this wall is not only an inadequate tool to solve the immigration problem; it is also killing people. I found an interesting article and video by John Carlos Frey.  Please read. Excerpt below: “From 2007 to 2009, I followed the construction of what is now close to 800 miles of border security infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico international boundary. What I found was a mess. […]

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The Mexican Border Fence: A Solution?

by S (Rio) Guzman We are building an incredible new fence along the Mexican border; that means tax payer’s money down the drain. Mexicans cross the US border illegally in search of work because they don’t earn enough money in their own country to sustain themselves.  I can vouch for that. Is a fence going to stop them? We have to address the problem not the symptoms. They need a decent minimum wage.  They need schools and libraries. They don’t need […]

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