"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 want the "fastest / safest" routes or are an adventure-seeking driving tourist, you're in the right place. My guidebooks for drivers have maps, roadlogs and facts to help you discover the Mexico most people miss. Hang out here and take some knowledge away.
Most of Mexico is safe to drive. It's all in knowing where to go, based on real-life experiences. When I hear of verified incidents on the highways, I report them. Driving between Palenque and San Cristobal de las Casas(past Agua Azul) is currently inadvisable. Take the toll road SE of Coatzacoalcos to Tuxtla Gutierrez instead. From Tuxtla, it is straight to San Cristobal.
Your trip to Mexico will be far more enjoyable if you learn some Spanish. If you combine an immersion Spanish course with living in one of Mexico's least visited treasures, the fascinating city of Puebla, PUE., you will have the best of both worlds. I highly recommend the Spanish Institute of Puebla, as does the US State Dept. and many others. They were the Global Language School of the year 2017-2018.
Vehicle permits (TIPS) for BIG trucks & vans in jeopardy. New SAT / Banjército regulations disallow permits for non-Motorhome vehicles with a GVWR greater than 7,700 pounds at all crossings, except possibly Nogales, Sonora - which could change.
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? Foreign gas stations are now operating in Mexico and can import their fuel from the USA, so I suspect the problem will take care of itself.
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 hire me to make a trip plan for you. I drive about 4,000 miles a year in Mexico. I drive toll roads, back-roads, 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. I ended last year with a 1,400 mile "psoriasis tour." I criss-crossed the Sierra Madres 3x searching for the best sulfur hot springs. I drove San Luis Potosí, Michoacan, Hidalgo states.
Before that I drove 2,000 miles (alone) through the interior of SE Mexico. I drove back-roads, 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.
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, most of 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.