Driving And Living In Mexico
"Mexico" Mike Nelson is the authority on driving, spas and living and working in Mexico. "He coaxes visitors onto roads less traveled, to spots less obvious, than the beach resorts" -- The New York Times
Driving Mexico is safe, and I am here to prove it. I drive about 4,000 miles a year throughout Mexico. I felt uncomfortable only twice in the past 7 years. Border crossings doubled from 2011 to 2012. For 2013 Mexican shoppers are once again coming to McAllen, San Antonio and Laredo. They are taking weekend trips to the beach resorts in Tamaulipas. Don't write me to ask if driving in Mexico is safe. I cover that in this site. Read.
I am back from driving more than 4,200 miles through much of Mexico including back-country and secondary roads. I did this alone and had nothing but good experiences. So don't listen to the know-nothings who say Mexico is not safe.
The engineering marvel of a toll highway (supercarretera) between Durango and Mazatlan is finished!.What used to be a six-hour, white-knuckle trip is now 3.5 hours. I drove it - the first gringo to drive this road completely. This Mazatlan-Durango or Durango-Mazatlan toll road opened October 17, 2013. The Baluarte Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge with 12 pillars, holding 152 cables. It is the world's tallest bridge. It is taller than the Eiffel Tower or Empire State Building. Puente Baluarte is 1,124 meters long and 402.51 meters above the Rio Baluarte. Toll for cars is about 400-450 pesos. RV's will cost about 600 pesos. There are 4 toll booths. This modern toll road is 4 lanes, has 61 tunnels and 115 bridges. There are still exits for El Salto and Mexiquillo waterfalls and scenic areas.
This is not some boring "Mexico Lite" site put up to make money with ads. "Mexico" Mike really knows and understands Mexico - good and bad. My writing about Mexico has been published since the 1980's. I put this site online in 1986. If you just want to know about cheap hotels or "best" beaches, leave now. If you want to know how to drive Mexico, to discover lesser-known Mexico, or her people, welcome. I feed my family from my knowledge. Consider that when you ask me questions you can't get answered with authority anywhere else.
Worried about the safety of driving in Mexico? Read Mexico safety comments from real tourists who drove throughout Mexico. I made a roadlog from Laredo to San Miguel de Allende to the Arco Norte to the Veracruz bypass that will get you to Colonial Mexico, Yucatan or Belize using mostly toll or 4-lane roads. See my Central Mexico route roadlog / map.
Banjercito now requires vehicle insurance to get permits. They sell high-cost, low coverage policies at border. You get better coverage and save money by buying from a US agent for a Mexican insurance company before you go.
There is a very interesting hacienda only a few hours from McAllen, run by an old gringo and a crazy cat and a lazy dog or maybe a crazy / lazy gringo and an old cat and dog. It is Quinta Tesora de la Sierra Madre and most welcoming and relaxing place to stay and to eat. Nature walks, birding and butterflies are some of the attractions. There may even be UFOs at night.
See a really cool topographic / satellite / relief map of Mexico with rivers, mountains, towns and ocean depths. Coupled with this almost as cool interactive map of Northeast Mexico (Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon) from Reynosa or Matamoros. It is the first of many.Contact Mike