Mexico (officially: the United Mexican States) is a country in North America, lying between the United States of America to the north, and Guatemala and Belize to the southeast. Its extensive coastlines include the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Mexico has nice and warm people, unique food, art and archeology, pyramids, museums, Haciendas, 6,000 miles of shoreline, superb architecture and 21 century cities, weather from snow mountains in the Sierras, to rainy jungles in the Southeast and desert in the Northwest, lots of golf courses throughout the country, excellent fishing, world top destinations like Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos, and Patzcuaro. Mexico is ranked 7th major destination for foreigner visitors, according to WTO.
|(Special thanks to Baja Bound Mexico Insurance for their contribution)
Title and Registration.
Proof of insurance covering Mexico (see below)
Photocopies of everything.
Tourist Card: For any travel longer than 72 hours or outside of the tourist corridors, you will need to fill up a tourist card form (known as FMT)
Tourist card can be valid for up to 180 days and cost around $22 (This if for Canadians and Americans, for other nationalities please verify with your consulate)
Vehicle Permit (Permiso de Importacion Temporal de Vehiculos):
No permit is required to drive the entire length of the Baja peninsula or within the border zone (generally within 16 miles from the border).
Cost is around $38 ( 447.91 Pesos) as of 12/26/10. They insist to charge your credit card so they have an imprint in case you don't return the vehicle.
If you don't have a credit card, you will be required to post a bound of around $400.
Vehicle permits may be obtained thru Banjercito's online process, (1-800-475-2393) at a Banjercito office at the border or at certain Mexican Consulates (listed below).
Please note that Canadian or US car insurance is not recognized in Mexico. You must purchased an additional insurance coverage delivered by an authorized company.
Insurance is typically the first thing that authorities will verify at a check point.
If your are not the registered owner of the car (a different name is on the title), you will need an notarized letter to show that you have the right to drive the vehicle.
Make sure to conserve all the documents that you are given, you will need them exiting.
Get your passport exit stamp (Custom) and surround your FMT.
Return your car permit (round vignette) at Aduana. Bring the title, the receipt from Aduana.
An officer may or may not inspect your vehicle to insure that the sticker matches with the VIN number.
Remember that the computer keeps a trace of your vehicle and unless you return your vignette you will not be allowed to bring another car in the country.
Border Crossing Information:
For the latest information and even more details, please visit the Aduana Mexico website.
Mexico has many great accomodations for Overlander.
For a complete and current list, we suggest you buy the following book - it is considered to be the "bible" for camping in Mexico.
The following website also provides a list of campsites/trailer parks in Mexico (thanks to their respective authors, reproduction is for non-commercial usage only):http://www.rv-clubs.us/mexico_rv_campgrounds.html
Road conditions vary greatly. Mexico has a good network of toll roads - there are usually in great condition with little traffic but please note that it can be costly to use this network.
Please expect military checkpoints, especially close to the border. They are usually very friendly and are just looking for drugs - which we assume you are not carrying.
Other useful tips and addresses (banks, embassies, etc)
There is only one brand of fuel station - Pemex. The attendant must fill you vehicle, you cannot do it yourself. Price is government controlled so it is (in theory) the same everywhere in a region.
For more http://dgp.sct.gob.mx/index.php?id=511 about overlanding in Mexico, please visit the North American section of the forum.
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