Category Archives: travel (Mexico)

Resources for expats

This great blog has lots of resources.


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Genteel Travel

Do you like to travel and patronize establishments that are not chains, older, in some stage of decay, but also less expensive, off the beaten track, and full of unique flavor?

Pitahaya, fruit of a most beautiful succulent that climbs walls, and blooms once a year, yielding this magnificent fruit. Grey on the inside. Consistency of watermelon!

Check out hints by area:  Mexico in general and Oaxaca in particular. I’m talking off the beaten path.

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Ek Balam, Community Eco Cottage! Just lovely.

And as Robert Frost said it so well:

I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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Adventures in Yagavila, Oaxaca

Because traveling off the beaten track requires some knowledge and skills, I include travel hints, too.

Caveat: If a bug is going to freak you out, maybe this is not for you!

9Bug over my head, bed, in Santa Maria Chimalapas, Oaxaca.

Flying with batteries in Mexico? No no no

December 2011.

Update on Mexico Travel.

A new (photocopied) list of items you can’t carry on Mexican planes includes batteries (as well as fingernail clippers). I cannot find any online reference to this requirement, not, not Mexico airport security (policia federal, not…. I travel with my dive gear on carry on in case my bags get lost or delayed.  I couldn’t put them in my checked bag

because wouldn’t let me. And they were going to charge me $40US to check them…..

MEXICO: how to buy gas without getting cheated (updated 13June 2011)

Gas is sold by the liter–about 3.8=1 gallon.

Most places, you never get cheated. But in Quintana Roo (CANCUN), Mexico, I’ve experienced a couple of attempts. I’ve written to the Quintana Roo State Tourism office, to no avail–perhaps they did hear me, because I bought gas on May 28 and there were two guys, one checking the amount, the other making sure I saw the $00.00 on the pump!! However, two friends had the same trick pulled on them at the first gas station coming into Tulum from Cancun: they got only about a quarter of a tank for $200 pesos (the tank fills with $200 on that little ATOS car), and then were told that they had NO oil and that it cost $150 peso per liter (really $50). Shame on you Quintana Roo.  [COMMENTS SEND TO SECTUR and Quintana Roo Secretaria de Turismo]

In many places in Mexico, you can now use VISA cards to charge gas.

1. pull in, unlock your gas tank, tell them what you want (you want the low octane, unless you’re driving a luxe car). It never hurts to say, (in English or Spanish): buenos dias/ noches.

2. get out, stand in front of your car, and check the $00.00 on the gas pump. This is where they screw you over. Once they told me, after charging me $200 pesos, that I’d asked for 20 liters.

3. get a receipt. Take a photo. Go to the office, if you have a problem.

4. I’ve only had this problem in Matehuala, SLP (once 30 years ago) and between Cancun and Akumal, QR. (twice in 2010).

5. the rest of the time, the gas pumpers are great. If they wash your windows, tip them $5 pesos. I often tip the pumper $5-10 pesos or so–and ask for a receipt. It never hurts to say, (in English or Spanish): ‘gracias.’

Tweet or write to #Turismo Quintana Roo: Centro de Convenciones Anexo A, Boulevard Bahía esq. Ignacio Comonfort Col. 5 de Abril C.P. 77018