Estado de Yucatán Warnings and Dangers

  • TOPES when driving in Mexico
    TOPES when driving in Mexico
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    Descent from the Great Pyramid
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  • Uxmal - Mexico
    Uxmal - Mexico
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Estado de Yucatán Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out for TOPES when driving in...

    TOPES are speed bumps when entering, within, and leavings towns in Mexico. They are clearly marked by road signs as you can see in my photos. They are very useful because often you are traveling at high speed on local highways. The same highways are often local roads in town. It is very easy not to release you are entering a populated area and very...

  • Animals

    Crocodiles, scorpions, spiders, lizards & snakes (see my Mexican tips for more detailed info) lurk in the Yucatan peninsula. A good website to visit to bring yourslef up to speed is :

  • Car blocks

    Certianly it is a number of years since I was in Mexico (1999) and I never had any problems what so ever. But, the Mexicans all warned me that sometimes the road is blocked by what looks like a car accident or a broken down motor - this makes you slow and stop and leaves you vulnerable to the bandits that "set up" the blocked road scenario.The only...

  • Full service fuel stations

    We have had a few problems while getting fuel at different locations in the Yucatan. There are two major things to look for:First, PAY ATTENTION to what is going on. If your not watchful, you might get charged for premimum fuel when the regular grade is used to fill your car. Also, get out of your car and look at the pump. Make sure it is set back...

  • Driving in Mexico

    If you are daring, go for it. But, be forewarned the fact that driving in Mexico is VERY hectic, and heaven forbid you getting into an accident. In Mexico, it makes no difference whether it was your fault or not. A car wreck in Mexico is a criminal offense. In other words, you and the other driver both get a one-way ticket to the Mexican Pokey...

  • Getting Short Changed

    Beware when you go and pay for your admission at Uxmal. I paid $88 pesos (approx $16.80 US) for an admission with a US $20 bill. I got back $20 pesos instead of 40. I never knew until a few hours later. Be sure to count your change, because you will get ripped off.

  • Topes, watch out!

    Topes are speedbumps. And they must be taken at low speed! They usualy put up signs (look at the picture). But sometimes there is a sign and no bump.Or a bump without a warning sign.

  • Gas/petrol stations

    Make sure you can see the meter of the fillingstation!!! Especially right outside of Cancun. We payed double 'cause we didn't know what the price should be...(and we only found out the next we had to fill up)

  • Beware of Bogus Shop-lifting Accusations

    While with a group of over 100, two of the young women traveling with us were falsely accused of shop-lifting. It is suspected that this could well be a snare to entrap women for God knows what. Beware and be very careful. Our group was in Costa Maya traveling on a cruise line when the events occured.


    There are many different tour guides available in the yucatan through which you can book tours and AIRPORT TRANSFERS, do not make the mistake of using OLYMPUS guides. I unfortunately made the mistake of booking my visit to the yucatan through CRESTA holidays who use olympus as their "local agents" (resort reps). I was assured that on arrival at...

  • Beware of pickpockets

    Crowded buses, bus stops, metro trains and stations are among the thieves's favourite places. Pickpockets often work in group, trying to confuse the victim and carry razor blades with which they slit pockets, bags or straps.

  • No matter what map you are...

    No matter what map you are using, there is no exit between Vallodalid and Cancun on the 180D Express Way. Having driven a 250km detour, believe me! We were driving from Vallodalid to Coba (distance 35kms), missed the turn-off, drove on to the express way. As maps indicated there was a turn-off after 30kms which would take us to Coba (adding less...


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