"Mexico" Mike Nelson is the authority on driving, living and working in Mexico. "He coaxes visitors onto roads less traveled, to spots less obvious, than the beach resorts" -- The New York Times
Planning a road trip to Mexico? Whether you're a "fastest way to get there" toll road driver or an adventure-seeking driving tourist looking for new challenges, you're in the right place. I provide driving-specific facts, sell maps and roadlogs and help you discover the Mexico most people miss. Hang out here and take some knowledge away.
Vehicle permits (TIPS) for BIG trucks & vans in jeopardy. New SAT / Banjercito regulations disallow permits for non-Motorhome vehicles with a GVWR greater than 7,700 pounds at N. Laredo, Reynosa, Matamoros, N. Progreso & some other border crossings. I know one person who got permit for his ¾ - ton with a truck camper at Nogales, Sonora, so the jury is sill out on all mainland Mexico.
Drive a diesel? See the latest update on ULSD (DUBA) diesel station on MEX-15 and the truth about low-sulfur availability in Mexico. See diesel page. More signs of change - a reader reported seeing a PEMEX station on MEX-15 offering a 5 centavo discount! My oh my - what's the world coming to?
Gulf Oil now has stations in Mexico and Sonora states.
The tons of free info on the site will help you decide whether to take a driving trip to Mexico. The maps and roadlogs in my store will help you find your way. If you want personal trip-planning, you can hire me.
Driving in Mexico is different, but safe - with a few caveats. There are some places even I won't go. I share this with you when you order a trip plan.
I drive about 4,000 miles a year in Mexico. I drive toll roads, backroads, visit small villages, seek out waterfalls, hot springs, orchid jungles and archaeological sites, so I can offer them to you in my roadlogs and maps.
I want you to drive to see unspoiled Mexico, even it it is just on your drive from Laredo to Cancun. Stop and smell the flowers. Or don't. I can only give you advice on what to see. Explore Mexico by highway. Let me help you plan a trip that is safe, sane and enjoyable.
I'll help you plan your road trip. I'll tell you where and why to go there - and where to avoid. My trip-planning service personalizes a driving trip for drivers of cars, RV's, motorcycles, truck campers. I'll help you plan the trip of a lifetime with personal advice, humor, maps and roadlogs.
Each year I drive between 2,000-4,000 miles updating my roadlogs or trip plans. This year I have slowed down due to medical issues. But I hope to be back on my feet (or in the driver's seat) in October.
Last driving trip was a mere 980 miles from N. Laredo-Saltillo-Zacatecas-Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, then the scenic route from San Roberto Junction to Galeana and Linares to Reynosa. (I take a meandering route - your mileage will vary tremendously, unless you are like me and like wandering).
Previous trip was 2,400 miles from Cd. Juarez, Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, Mexico's Pacific coast from Nogales to Guadalajara and back through San Luis Potosí. Nary a problem.
Never felt unsafe, even in Sinaloa. True, some areas like the Golden Triangle are not recommended, but there is a lot of country that is just fine to visit. Sadly, there are some areas of Chiapas I don't recommend either. Most of Michoacán is fine, but again, some areas are better than others. It's all in knowing where to go, based on real-life experiences.
Before that I drove 2,000 miles (alone) through the interior of SE Mexico. I drove backroads, goat trails, toll roads et al. I will add waterfalls and adventure tourism to my road logs and this website. Not once did I feel unsafe.
Universal Law #39 clearly states you must buy new stuff for any trip. Go ahead, you know you want to. If you want to pick up some travel stuff to make your journey more pleasant, please do it through my Amazon link below.
My guides are eclectic, like me (which is a short step shy of eccentric). They might influence you to really enjoy your trip instead of driving hell-bent for leather. Heck, you might even stop at a romantic hotel I recommend that will make your significant other happy. Let's see Lonely Planet do that! We all know that if Mama (or Daddy) ain't happy, nobody's happy.
Everybody and his brother recommends a Mexican insurance company. I've been around the Mexican insurance business since 1984 (Hello George Orwell). I'll suggest a Mexico tourist insurance company whose agency owner I know personally. (Opens in new window).
If living in Mexico is your dream, I can offer you the left-brain intuitive advice you can't get anywhere else. Anybody can tell you what a visa costs. I'll discuss it with you to make sure you understand the pros and cons of living in Mexico. Maybe living in Mexico is not for you. I am neither a psychic nor a psychiatrist, but I do listen. Mexico is all about dreams. Let her help you fulfill yours.
As a tourist to Mexico, you may wonder what you can bring with you, including pets. Here are the official rules from this Mexico Aduana site.
I can say without guile that I know Mexico has good and bad aspects. My writing about Mexico has been published since the 1980's. This site went online in 1986. If you just want to know about cheap hotels or "best" beaches, this site is not for you. If you want to know how to drive Mexico, to discover lesser-known Mexico, or her people, welcome. If you think maybe you want to move to Mexico, but aren't sure if living in Mexico is right for you, I'll help you decide. You can ask me questions you can't get answered with authority anywhere else.
Don't stress about the safety of driving in Mexico. There are several articles about safety in Mexico in the menus. If you write me to ask about safety, I won't answer you. Yes, Mexico is safe. End of story.
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You deserve more than phone snaps.
Mexico's full of once-in-a-lifetime photos. Don't miss them because you don't have the right equipment.