Driving Maps, Roadlogs And Living In Mexico
"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
Taking a road trip to Mexico? Whether you're point A to point B only toll road driver or an adventure driving tourist seeking challenges, you're in the right place.
October 7, 2016 - Updated News Alert.
Restrictions on ¾ ton or larger pickups eased. You should be able to get a temporary import permit (TIP) again.
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, I'm here for you.
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.
From October-December, I drove 3,500 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.
In May-June 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. Another 4,000 miles are planned for the Copper Canyon and Pacific Coast of Mexico in Nov.-Dec.
Driving in Mexico is different, but perfectly safe. 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 then 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.
Drive a diesel? Read this before you drive that beloved diesel truck, car, RV to Mexico.
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 three insurance companies 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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