Mexico Tourist Traps

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Mexico Tourist Traps

  • Shopping-Prices

    Cancún Tourist Traps

    This is an open market in downtown Cancun. The place is very charming and different. You can find jewelery and art and crafts. The place is just a a market to rip pleople off. The sales people are very good at ripping you off and sell you everything more expensive. I also made the mistake of using both my credit cards and the merchant rip me off....

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  • Time Share

    Puerto Vallarta Tourist Traps

    there are time-share vendors everywhere, and they can be extremely aggressive, with come-ons such as jeep rental for extra days free, "bargain tours," free breakfasts at various resorts, etc. proceed at your own risk financially.

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  • 5th Avenue

    Playa del Carmen Tourist Traps

    The vicious feathered warrior-god beckons to you because you can't help but look his way. "Come, come! It's okay, have your picture taken with me." Excited, you go and stand beside him. The god spreads his giant impressive wings, your friend takes the photo, and then "boom", the god hits you up for 50 pesos. It would have been nice if he had told...

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  • Taxis

    Cabo San Lucas Tourist Traps

    Don't be fooled or intimidated by the onslaught of people you encounter after picking up your baggage. Many of them will lie to get you to go with them in their vehicle. Please note that these "timeshare drivers" will offer you many things to get you to follow them or they will say they are with the police, immigration, the government, customs,...

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  • Avenida Revolucion

    Tijuana Tourist Traps

    yes, the majority of tourist say this the unique sight of tijuana, but are worng, the big problem is that the hassles of sellers, or club waiters always call tourist come here, beggars and taxis are anther people who sometimes intimididate to tourists, and in spring break some teens go to here to get drunk even at daylight so is not to reconmeded...

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  • Time Share

    Mazatlán Tourist Traps

    Approached by gentleman when stopped in traffic-would give 4000 pesos and breakfast to attend 90 minute time share presentation-said no-they upped to 5000 pesos-said ok. Got picked up the next morning to go there. Did have nice breakfast and took tour sat back down and discussed details After letting him do his presentation I said i decided it was...

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  • Vehicle rentals

    Isla Cozumel Tourist Traps

    Make sure to return your rented jeep or car with a full-tank gas, otherwise they will be charging you in dollars instead of in pesos. Also, when you pump gas, make sure to ask whether the gasoline is paid in dollars or in pesos! The gasoline boy here where I pumped gas fooled me! I will never forget. He collected dollars from me instead of pesos...

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  • Cliff Divers

    Acapulco Tourist Traps

    We went to see the cliff divers at night and paid (only) $3 each and watched most of it from the top of the stairs area before gong down a few steps into the 'paid' area. Better view up top! And they sell tickets till the last 2 minutes - so it was over in about 5 minutes for us. Do go at night, but don't bother with the ticket. You'll be asked for...

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  • Federal Checkpoints

    Loreto Tourist Traps

    The Federal check points along the highway can be intimidating to even the most seasoned traveler, but as long as you're honest and not trying to break any laws you normally just get waved through on a southbound journey. There are 5-6 check points between the border and Loreto. The only one that I've actually been stopped southbound, recently,...

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  • Booking Tours

    Cancún Tourist Traps

    I've booked many tours in Cancun. The best advise I can give is to book your tours face to face. Avoid booking online. There is little recourse if things don't measure up. I always leave my hotel to book with one of the independant shops. It is cheaper. The shops in the hotel are always more expensive because they have to pay a concession to the...

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  • Attractions

    Puerto Vallarta Tourist Traps

    Located 12 km south of P.V. is a little village called Mismaloya. All I remember about it is that there is a very luxurious hotel nearby, and that 5 km north from there "El Eden" is located. "El Eden" is by the way a typical tourist trap, and you'll find it as an attraction in any guide book. We felt like hiking for one day so we decided to visit...

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  • Time Shares

    Cabo San Lucas Tourist Traps

    DO NOT BUY A TIMESHARE IN MEXICO, YOU CAN BUY ONE ON REDWEEK FOR A PENNY, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTENANCE FEE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. DON'T BELIEVE THEY WILL RENT IT FOR YOU, ...VIEW... THEY WON'T, WRITE EVERYHING DOWN AS THEY LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE TO SELL YOU A WEEK. I TRIED TO BOOK A ROOM MY TIME SHARE PUEBLO BONITARSE' 50 WEEKS AHEAD,, THEY...

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  • Zebra Painted Donkeys

    Tijuana Tourist Traps

    The tourist trap IS Tijuana -- you begin encountering it at the moment you cross the border. Remember that this is being written by someone with deep affection for Mexico and C. America. We walked over, passing through Immigration in San Diego, and the 'walk of shame' (as it became known in short order) was one endless parade of pathetic hawkers...

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  • Siteseeing

    Mazatlán Tourist Traps

    I took a jungle tour to mean...a jungle tour, not a boat ride to a coconut plantation through a "jungle". The scenery was still nice, but it wasn't what I expected. Getting dive bombed by the pelicans on the boat trip back to the harbor was cool, made for great pictures. Just expect to be disappointed and charged extra for the other things the...

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  • Stores

    Isla Cozumel Tourist Traps

    If you happen to arrive with a cruise ship (we were with royal carribean), don't go to the shops right across the street from the docking area. If you show ANY interest in anything there, they will hound you and follow you to the point of where you feel uncomfortable. My dad almost got suckered into a $200 dolphin necklace, this guy followed us...

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  • TimeShares

    Cancún Tourist Traps

    Upon arrival they offered to each one of us a slab with traditional motifs, with the only obligation to spend some minutes in a "information meeting". We had an unexpected dose of time sharing promotion, with all the common show, of periodical clapping hands, proving that we were the only "silly people resisting to the offered marvels". We did...

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  • Shopping

    Puerto Vallarta Tourist Traps

    the downtown open market might be considered a tourist trap by some, but if you ignore the aggressiveness of the vendors or just say "not today," people are not offended. bargaining is expected, but shop around first to get a good feel for the going rate (most of the tourist guidebooks say to offer 50%-75% of the price requested, don't worry, the...

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  • Activities

    Cabo San Lucas Tourist Traps

    Not to far from the center of town in Los Cabos is a Bull Fight Ring. WHen we were there, they advertised bull fights on Thursday nihgts. We knew it would be bloodless so we went expecting to see a bull fight. I believe it was $25.00 US dollars for each adult. It event was awful. The evening started out with some local children dancing. Then they...

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  • Shopping

    Mazatlán Tourist Traps

    The Golden Zone beach area is beautiful, but it also has some drawbacks. Vendors. Yes, I feel that most of the time everyone has the right to do what they want, but trying to push touristy wares is one of those times I plead, NO. The best way to avoid the pitch is to avoid looking at the vendors. If you look, then you are targeted as a potential...

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  • Tour guides

    Isla Cozumel Tourist Traps

    Most resorts, and larger hotels on the island have people waiting by the main entrance who want to sell you fishing trips, car rentals, ext. Watch them carefully with you credit card, they will tell you there is an extra tax to pay with your card, make them tell you exactally what the tax is,watch them step by step figure it out on the calculator...

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  • Taxi's

    Cancún Tourist Traps

    When we arrived back from A day trip to mexico City [where we did not feel we were ripped off even once] it was 1am. The taxi to the airport had cost us 300 pesos that morning. however, we were quoted 620 pesos back at night. OK it was late at night but even so it was a total rip off. There was nothing we could do about it because there were no...

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  • Nearby Towns

    Puerto Vallarta Tourist Traps

    I know that this might be an unpopular tip among back packers, but Yelapa is nothing more than a tourist scam. First the people that live there refuse to admit that there is a road to this place. You can access the road through El Tuito. The sentiment that I got from the people that live there is give me your money or leave me alone. A good...

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  • Night Life

    Cabo San Lucas Tourist Traps

    Wabo, over priced and not recommended to vistit. There are lots of bars to visit that are cheaper and a lot more fun. Friday and Saturday night go to The Blue Marlin or Squid Row, best sea food place is Shrimp Factory...is pricey but if you can schmoose the owner he may cut you a break. Mazatlan is very good and reasonably priced, this resturant...

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  • Independant Trips

    Cancún Tourist Traps

    It's very possible that 1 of 10 locals will give you a good deal. In our case, we took a recent trip to cancun and went to Isla de las Mujeres, and although fun at first, we quickly found out we were victims of groping and then money snatchers. When you head to Juarez on the R1 get off the first exit where the big boats take off. There is a tower...

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  • Snorkeling

    Cancún Tourist Traps

    Before going to Cancun, one of my friends told me to avoid going on group snorkeling tours. You wade out into the lagoon in a long line and then all you can see is other people. For this reason, I did not go on one of these tours and can't vouch for its veracity, but it sure sounded like a ripoff. If you really want to go snorkeling though, go...

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  • Tips and Beggers

    Cancún Tourist Traps

    I got so sick of the whole 'Tip' thing - there were people in the toilets wanting money from you for giving you a paper towel. The porters at the airport snatch your bags and then get angry if you only give them a couple of dollars. Even security guards or the chef who cooks the eggs in the hotel want a tip. Make sure you have some 5 peso coins to...

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  • Resort Scams

    Cancún Tourist Traps

    When we arrived we were told that, in the early morning it was common to see some dolphins near the hotel. Jet-lag made me awake around 4AM in the first days, and I took advantage of it to go and see the sunrise, waiting for the dolphins. They never showed up. And the only consolation I had was being the first to dive in the pool, on a marvelous...

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  • Bull fighting

    Cancún Tourist Traps

    You will not be experiencing a "typical" Mexican bull fight here but it IS a real bull fight and the bull does die so be aware. Bull fights have the crowd very interactive but when this bull began to bleed there was silence and even a few (very rude) boos. Get into it and cheer the Matador. Our crowd seemed shocked at the first sight of blood and...

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  • Choosing trips and excursions

    When you arrive to Cancún, right in the airport agencies will try to sell you trips to places. They all sounds great and promising it is not time share, etc... No need to buy them there as there are many agencies and stands in the centre of Cancun. It gives you choices and good prices as many time they sell trips for "special" or "only today" low...

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  • Diego Rivera in Mexico City

    Diego rivera mural you can admire them in national palace in zocalo, bellas artes palace and public education secretary.. in mexico city..DIEGO_RIVERAIn the Museo Dolores Olmedo ther are great works of Diego Ribera, a room with landscapes in acapulco, a room of works of him in USA, his visit to Rusia, great paintings and portraits...amazing...

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  • night time

    this photoI did not take I must admit its from wikipedia .this photo is such a natural look of the city at night i thought it was worth adding.in fact its taken from a area very close to where my friend lives in Tulincingo.Which was the reason I really wanted to use a pic that was not mine . Tulancingo is for the most part quite a safe place to...

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  • Time share

    You will be offered TIME SHARE or something similar to that (they're wiser nowadays, they have different terms for that beacuse people are more cautious with the word 'Time share') from the moment you'll check in. If you're TOUGH and can't easily be swayed by these alligator salesman, then go and attend their seminars to avail free stuffs like...

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  • Suckered to the "perfect" place?

    With the right camera angles and a nice setting sun I think I can make any place look idyllic. (Just recently I took such pictures in Liberia, West Africa and in Haiti.) Add to this a few carefully chosen festival pictures or closeups of natural fauna and the place will look perfect for a once in a lifetime adventure. So you can not trust the...

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  • The hard sell.

    Row upon row of stores where the owners or sales staff stand out front and try to get you to come into their store to buy. A lot of these stores are selling the same stuff no matter which island in the Caribbean you go to. Gold, diamonds and emeralds....the same everywhere. Try to find stores off the beaten track where items are locally made. Not...

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  • Time Share Salesmen

    I am sure that I am not the first to mention these bozos!They stalk you anywhere in PV, but you get it full face at the airport.My feeling is that this will be the undoing of PV.It has gotten so bad that when you go into a store to buy native Huichol artwork, the vendors don't care if you buy, they only want to get you to a timeshare Keep your...

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  • Time Share Salesmen

    I am sure that I am not the first to mention these bozos!They stalk you anywhere in PV, but you get it full face at the airport.My feeling is that this will be the undoing of PV.It has gotten so bad that when you go into a store to buy native Huichol artwork, the vendors don't care if you buy, they only want to get you to a timeshare Keep your...

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  • All Inclusive - Demise of local tourism...

    Huge all inclusive resorts have taken over the Mexican coasts. While many are beautiful, convenient and affordable travel options, most are owned by foreign corporations. They are usually isolated and make it difficult for travelers to experience the true culture that the local people and surroundings have to offer (although they may offer crowded...

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  • Taxi fare in Mexico city

    The taxi in MC doesn't not run by meter for tourist. We hailed a taxi and we were told that to a destination about 3 block away at US$7. When we reached we paid US$7, but he declined and said $7 for each, thought we can't argue much because he doesn't speaks much english and we are in foreign land we paid. But arghhhhhh... x%y/z#%& Guess what... we...

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  • EZLN IN MEXICO CITY

    This is a picture of the unique visit of EZLN AND SUBCOMANDANTE MARCOS in mexico city, I was there and I want to share this memorable picture.....Marcos with the pipe in front the zapatista cometee . ........www.ezln.org...........www.fzln.org.mxwww.ezlnaldf.org TRAVEL TO MEXICO AND TO CHIAPAS IS NOT DANGEROUS

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  • HUICHOLES AND PEYOTE

    TATEWARI - Nuestro abuelo de Fuego"...Uno detras de otro iban bailando en circulo o marcando el tiempo con sus pies, dejando en el centro a los musicos y al maestro de los cantos que invitaban, y cantando en el mismo tono musical que les marca. Bailan toda la noche desde la cinco de la tarde hasta las siete de la manana, sin parar ni abandonar el...

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  • FRIDA KAHLO in Mexico city

    FRIDA KAHLO house is in coyoacan, in san angel the diego rivera house, dolores olmedo museum, modern art museum, and one museums near xochimilco have paintings of these two master of the mexican painture.. THIS MUSEUM IS NOT FREE !!! NEITHER SUNDAYS MUSEO DOLORES OLMEDO in the south of mexico city, contains amazing pictures of Frida Kalho and...

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  • just dont talk to anyone at the flea...

    They will have the original price jacked up and then try to act like they are doing you some favor and lower it to a price that is still high or what it is worth. Tell them the price you want to give them for it but if they dont agree say fine and walk away and more than likley they will give in and give it to you for that price. See above!

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  • SAN MIGUEL ALLENDE

    San Miguel Allende celebra EN SEPTIEMBRE sus fiestas..El 16 de septiembre es el DIa de la Independencia mejicana. 300 anos estuvieron los mejicanos colonizados por Espana hasta que en 1810, el padre Hidalgo llama a los ciudadanos a luchar por la libertad. El grito, que asi se llama hoy en dia a dicha lucha, provoco una guerra que dura once anos. En...

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  • Becareful!

    Do not,,I repeat,DO NOT buy any tickets to visit the chichin itza (or any attraction)from any store ,They will take your money and promise to pick you from your hotel but they never do. If you want to go sight seeing just arrange with your hotel.Maybe it will be a little more expensive,but at least you can be sure your money will not be taken for...

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  • A tourist attraction with tourist food

    The worst Mexican food I remember eating in Mexico, was in the cave restaurant near Teotihuacan. (And it happened twice, in both 1968 and 1994 -- I had stupidly hoped that they had changed management and cook and I wanted to impress friends with the beauty of the site.)The food was bland, salsa feeble and the prices reflected the location and not...

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