TAXCO... common clonation of credit cards if you pay in some stores.. that happened to a firend from USA and then he got charges for wallmart.com.mx ..better take money from the ATM in the square and pay in cash
In PLAYA DEL CARMEN.. the hotel Caribbean Paradise has a really bad reputation of a hotel that your belongings are stolen from your room. big complains of french people.. French travel forum routard.com Warnings to attend private parties, available drugs and bad people.
In hostels take care your money and computers...
in bars and restaurants people stealing bags.
Cases of robbers stealing bags in buses from long distance buses.. common cases.. PALENQUE to SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS - TULUM. Be aware when you put your bag under your sit or besides..
ACAPULCO have a international red alert violent place, I recommend to have your warnings at night.
Sporadic cases of robbers with machine guns stoping buses at highway from ACAPULCO - PUERTO ESCONDIDO at night.. sometimes robbery with violence... try not to drive at night the highway.
Also from Palenque to San Cristobal at night some cases of robberies.
Take your warnings if you smoke pot in the beach,is forbiden and you can be in jail.
Strong corrents and get drown Zipolite and Mazunte. Forbidden to drink alcohol at the streets.
in Guatemala, Antigua ( some cases in mexico city ).. IN SOME ATMs criminals can put a optional entrance or small cameras to put your plastic card in the machine ,so if you want to get money, they can copy and get your nip and take all the money they want. Used authorized banks not small random ATMs
In the state of PUEBLA, Mexico, have been some robberies with PIRATE taxis outside street bus station.
I recommend to take authorized taxis INSIDE bus stations. Better spend some more pesos and be safe than lose all your belongings and banking savings. keep your banking cards in a safe place not in your pockets neither wallet.
(this situation happen to me, NO JOKE )
...robbed at gunpoint while descending from Cerro de la Bufa in Zacatecas.
MALARIA AND DENGUE its more common in rainy seasson in the area of the border with Guatemala and Chiapas and Tabasco state. Around Yucatan can happen just in huracane seasson (sept-oct) if there is a natural disaster, goverment always prevent with campaigns of prevention.
DRIVING A CAR IN MEXICAN HIGHWAYS I recommend to drive highways during day, states with crime problems are Oaxaca Coast, Guerrero Coast, Michoacan Coast, Baja area border with USA, Tamaulipas state, Nuevo Leon State, Veracruz state north the state.
NARCOTRAFIC / MURDERS most of them happening in the sates at the border with USA.
Warnings at Torreon, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua,Culiacan, Ciudad Juarez, Monterey.
the narcotics is a huge problem in Mexico thanks to the big demand of USA consumers, recently the mexican goverment attacked the points of narcotrafic so in revange the capos and mafias has killed people involved in antinarcotics and narcotrafic dealers, just as punishment not to abandon the business and against police for revange.
MEXICO NOT SO BAD AT ALL
States with high narcotrafic index of crimes: Sinaloa, Nuevo Leon, Zacatecas, Chihuahua,
Ana Lorena Gudiño, jefa Scout Nacional, comentó que en la lista de lugares riesgosos, se encuentran zonas del Ajusco, como El Pico del Águila, las espaldas del Iztaccíhuatl, San Rafael, Nexcoalango, La Joya, El Cerro del Telapón, Las Lagunas de Salazar, Llano Grande, Río Frío y Las Lagunas de Zempoala.
Take your warnings camping at Tulum beach.
.....well if you are in troubles EL SANTO can not save you anymore.
the movie Santo and Blue Demon vs the mommies of Guanajuato is rules!!!!!!!
Since june 2008 tourist can ask tax refunds if they want, when they bought SOME mexican products in Mexico more than 200 pesos, less than 3000 pesos, some products and brands participate.
You need to include in the invoice your name, and country only.. then ask refund in advance to next companies :
The next 4 companies offer the service of refound in Mexico.
Global Refund Group, Premier Tax Free,Yvesam Retornos Mundiales
Next airports offer tax refounds in Mexico : DF, Cancún, Guadalajara, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.
***Premier Tax Free Mexico S.A de C.V.
Lope de Vega 117-303
Col. Polanco, C.P. 11560 México D.F.
Tel: +52(55)5027 0146
Fax: +52(55)3873 0413
Oficina Quintana Roo
Premier Tax Free
Av. Tulum 200-314(Plaza Mexico)
Mza 16, Smza 4,
Tel: +52(998)892 3846
Fax: +52(998)883 9977
*****Global Refund Group
*****Yvesam Retornos Mundiales
Cd. de México
México, Distrito Federal
Terminal 1, sala de última espera
Terminal 1, Bahía F2-F3
(Planta alta) Puerta 12
Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún
Cancún, Quintana Roo
Terminal 2, sala de última espera
Terminal 3, sala de última espera
junto al SPA
BLUE DEMON and MIL MASCARAS some of the friends of EL SANTO are a legend too!
that movies are just unique in all the world you must see one !!
check this one...... the best movie ever and forever... listen the music, efects, etc
EL SANTO, BLUE DEMON,
MIL MASCARAS vs. momias de Guanajuato
xxxxx LUCHA LIBRE / PRO WRESTLING xxxxxx
the easiest arena to reach and safer area to walk is Arena Mexico...located near metro Cuahutemoc station(pink line) . I have been at show fridays at 7.30 pm.
tickets available in www.ticketmaster.com.mx
...HERE ARE THE AUTHORIZED BILLS AND COINS FROM MEXICO.. take in mind there is one new bill of 20 pesos that is made with plastic paper, its the only one bill ! ..
NEW plastic BILLS of 200, 100, 50, 20 pesos .
new bill of 1000 pesos, with the image of HIDALGO... ALSO ONLY bills of 20, 50, 200 pesos have NEW PLASTIC BILLS PRESENTATION
be sure to know the mexican money otherwise one smart guy will give you in change old bills of mexico.. and you will be cheated
Average DEC 2013 ( buy, spot)
I DOLLAR - 13 PESOS
1 EURO - 17 PESOS
1 POUND - 20 PESOS
See in the link Banxico "Nuevo Billete de 1000 Pesos" New bill of 1000 pesos
new of 100, new of 200, new of 50, new 20
SOME STUFF ABOUT VISUM....
If you CROSS TO MEXICO BY BUS, you must ask first in your country if you need visum to go in MEXICO, you MUST ask in the mexican border for a stamp in your passport or pay for the format of inmigration, sometimes the tax is included in your flight ticket, but problems will come at inmigration when you leave the country, or if soldiers stop you in the highways in buses and show your ID you might spend some money in tips....
DONT FORGET TO KEEP THE INMIGRATION MEXICAN FORM until you leave the country, otherwise you will get problems in your flight.
** FREE INSURANCE **
Mexico city goverment have a free insurance for tourists that stay in a hotel in Mexico city.
The insurance cover medical assistance in case of accident or several illness, hospital, medicines, emergency dental care, hotel due convalescence, repatriation of remains.
mORE QUESTIONS TEL 54806898 spoken english, french, german, portuguese
** FREE MEXICO TOURISM INFO BY PHONE **
365 days a year 24 hrs..
in mexico city dial 078
around Mexico 01 800 006 8839
from USA 1 866 640 0597;
Canadá: 1 866 640 0597
Europe: 00 52 55 50 897500.
MEXICO CITY AIRPORT COMPLAINS
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
01800 386 2466
VISAS in MEXICO
Now to work in Mexico will be more difficult for foreigners with a status of tourists.
A passport is necessary traveling to Mexico, but US and Canadian citizens need only show a birth certificate or a naturalization certificate (www.embassyofmexico.org)
Tourists need the free tourist card (FM-T), from the offices or on the aircraft of airlines operating into Mexico, and at land borders.
Ask for at least 30 days (maximum 90 or 180 days). Tourist cards are available ask in mexican embassy if you need visa before travelling.
Depending the nationality turists can get 3 to 6 months as tourist , later apply to inmigration office www.inami.gob.mx for an extention of other 3 months if it apply,
during this time if you do not tramit your FM3 form (as legal citizen) with a job, study or marry..... you have to leave mexico and you can come back to stay longer ( be sure to show cash to the officer if you say you are going to travel more).. Depending of your nationality you can apply for this.
The local office INM for visas extentions terms is located in:
Avenida Ejercito Nacional almost corner Molliere in Polanco, in front Antara shopping in Polanco. Mexico city. Polanco subway station close by.
tel 25810164 and 65
USEFUL TELEPHONES OF EMERGENCY
IN MEXICO CITY
EMBASSIES IN MEXICO CITY
emergencies 066 or 080
anonymus denounce 089
Red Cross 5395 1111
LOCATEL Missing persons 5658 1111
Tourism secretary 55538984
Human Rights comission mec city 52295600
Federal Police 018004403690 , 54840490
PROFECO comercial sercives complais 55688722
>>>>>>>>> SUGGESTIONS AND COMPLAINS in:
firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
54840490 POLICIA FEDERAL PREVENTIVA (PFP)
www.pgjdf.gob.mx tel 52009000
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
*HIGHWAYS, TRANSPORTATION :
*TOURISM IN MEXICO CITY
*CONSUMER INSTITUTE COMPLAINS
* * * * * * * *
The information bellow... are experiences of more than 200 travelers interviewed face to face since year 1995
* * * * * * *
Beware of Vacation Class S.A. de C.V. (advertising The Bliss Resorts, Bliss Vacation Club, Grand Mayan, Vida Vacations, VidaSales and more).
My mother and I traveled to Mexico to celebrate my graduation from college. After about seven hours traveling we were met at the airport in Cancun by some saleswoman misrepresenting her intention. The next day we were at their Grand Mayan where we were subjected to five hours of high-pressure sales tactics before we relented signing an English-only document purporting to be selling "lodging rights and services."
After getting away, we learned more about whom we had been picked up by from websites like tripadvisor, timesharescam, complaintsboard, scam, mescam, pissedconsumer, independenttraveler, and fodors, to name a few (all ending dot com). We notified the sales office that we cancel and asked for our downpayment back. They pretend to be confused and refuse.
We learned that Mexican law protects consumers under PROFECO; that all contracts regarding property in Mexico, including timeshares, must be in Spanish and bear certification by a Notario--neither of which was true for us; and that we can file a complaint in at any Mexican Consulate.
Our lawyer is putting together copies of their responses to share with you the names (and taunting words) of these sales people and the additional aliases they use. We hope that this post reaches you before you travel to Mexico, so you know to stay away from these people when they try to get you at the airport.
THE CRIME IN MEXICO became a problem after the crisis of the economy in 1994 ( and still in some places) when Mexico suffered the highest devaluation and inflation of 1 000%( belive it), narcotrafic exist in Mexico maybe 30 years of narcopolitics, something like organised crime in Italy or Rusia,and high demand of drugs in USA.
The dangerous cities in Mexico are Ciudad Juarez and Tamaulipas in north Mexico border with USA.
Some warnings in Durango state, Sinaloa, Nuevo Leon, Tijuana, Veracruz.
MEXICO CITY IS SAFE has been declared safe for tourism, journalists think that the local goverment pact with drug cartels and mantain a peaceful area and just a transit place.
Murders now all around Mexico is involved with narcotrafic and people involved. Kidnapping is only happening with mexicans and cases with people lot of money in the border States with USA. We are suffering the same situation that Colombia had in the 80s.
www.proceso.com.mx ( the mexican politics magazine )
The most type of robberies for tourist in Mexico city... its just pickpockets at subway, pickpocket in bars, gun or knife showing in dodgy areas.
Its very low the cases of robbery with violence against tourists. Most of bad cases are foreigners involved in drugs and black market.
AT AIRPORT, if you need to call by public phone, in the magazines shops sell TELMEX phone cards cost 30 pesos or 50 pesos, that ones are plastic cards with a chip.. and works in all Mexico..sometimes they sell you OTHER CARDS for some international phone cards that do not work correctly and cost 100 pesos .. I dont recommend them.
When you arrive to costumed are at rush hours like 5.30pm to 8pm expects a big line to the inmigration check up. USA order to Mexico to be more strict in the customs control since some criminals and terrorist try to get in USA via Mexico.
You can take a safe YELLOW TAXI inside the airport, that ones are safe ..( buy a ticket of safe taxis inside the airport first)
if you are new in the city better take an authorized taxi and begin a great trip in Mexico. In case you are brave.. just take the subway METRO thats is besides national arrivals.. under your risk... Yellow line, Terminal aerea subway station.
Some robberies have happened in non authorized taxis that people take from airport.
Security at airport have been better with more security, cameras, and police .
Female first timers in Mexico city better suggest DO NOT TAKE THE METRO IN THE MORNINGS , its crowded from 6 am to 9am and from 5 pm to 7pm, in case you take it in morning and you are a woman ..go in the first 3 wagons of ` just children and women' in the mornings.. in case male tourist with companion female go together first wagons.
pickpockets robbers work more in the next subway stations inside / outside: HIDALGO, PINO SUAREZ, BALDERAS, PANTITLAN
dont wear or show expensive things in conflictive areas..like:
around ZONA ROSA its supposed nice but its just a place with stores, close the subway Insurgentes at night tourists can be target for robbers ... gay scene area.
watch out what you drink in bars....
TAXIS in mexico city have bad reputation ,so better take cheap public transportation or subway. otherwise take a TAXI of SITIO or the new ones., this new ones means safe taxis parking in special places or hotels OR... NEW TAXIS of 4 doors with a certified stamp at window with pic of the driver...
if you really have to take a TAXI , DO NOT TAKE the VW beetles in the city, that are the risky ones..... in case no option be sure to take one with the driver is an old guy.
TAXIS are the ones with 4 doors color white with red stripe or gold and red, that ones are good and new. look they have a a pic and ID of the driver..do not take beetle ones.
Do not take taxis outside of bars/clubs sometimes are the bad ones.. so better ask for " taxis de sitio " or " radio taxis " or just find a taxi at street but around there not exactly outside the bar..
.. Risky taxis - are the ones that stop to you and ask you for a ride... rather than you ask for one ! some robberies in taxis were happening in taxis taken in Condesa area out of bars.
Inside CHAPULTEPEC PARK there are some robbers just catching turists with nice cameras, or asking special permission or money to take pictures. give me a break! :0D tell them you have my permission !
always keep your backpack and keep there your camera , dont walk like an old turist showing you have a good camera and money.
you must know the mexican coins and bills, some cases of people give old bills to tourist as a change... better have small denomination of bills.
SAN ANGEL MARKET... recent pickpockets meanwhile you are in a cafe or restaurant, take care your belongings bags and jacket.
USE your 5 senses and enjoy MEXICO !!!
EMBASSIES IN MEXICO CITY
Embajada de Alemania
/ Lord Byron 737, Col. Polanco,
---------- tel 52 83 22 00
Embajada de Canada
/ Schiller 529, Col. Polanco,
/ RIo Lerma 71 Col. Cuauhtemoc
55) 5207 2089 / 5207 2233
------- (55) 5242 8517 (55) 5242 8500/ (
Embajada de Espana SPAIN
/Galileo 114 Col. Polanco 11560 Mexico, D.F
Embajada de Suiza
Torre Optima, piso 11,Paseo de las Palmas No. 405, Lomas de Chapultepec
Tel. (01 55) 55.20.30.03,52822974,52822271
Embajada de Estados Unidos/
Reforma 305 Cuautémoc Mexico, D.F -------52099100
Embajada de Argentina/
Blvd.. Manuel Avila Camacho 1, 7º. Piso
Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F
------ 55209430 al 32
Embajada de Australia/
Ruben Dario 55, Polanco, Mexico, D.F
Embajada de Francia/
Campos Eliseos 339 ,Polanco Mexico, D.F.
Embajada de Colombia/
Paseo de la Reforma 1620 Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F
Embajada de Cuba/
Presidente Masaryk 554, Polanco Mexico, D.F
------ 52808039, 52808202, 52808140
Embajada de Italia /
Palmas 1994 Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F
---------- 55963375, 55963957
Embajada de Paises Bajos (Holanda)/ Vasco de Quiroga 3000, 7º. Piso Santa Fe
Embajada de Chile/
Andres Bello Nº 10, Edificio FORUM, Piso 18, Colonia Polanco Mexico, D.F
(52-55) 5 280. 9703, 5280 9681 - 82 - 89 - 98
Embajada de Finlandia /
Monte Pelvoux 111, Piso 4. Lomas de Chapultepec 11000, email@example.com ------ (+52-55) 55406036
Embajada de Nueva Zelandia /
Jaime Balmes No 8, 4th Floor,Colonia Los Morales,Polanco,MEXICO D.F. 11510
phone: (52 55) 5283 9460, fax: (52 55) 5283 9481
CONTINUE EMBASSIES IN SECOND PAGE....
In MEXICO CITY around Reforma avenue and Zocalo (downtown) you can find new touristic police, they know english and they are trustful, help people for free.... take it in mind.. tourist info offices near tourist points. also tourist info centers outside anthropology msueum and outside bellas artes palace.
there are some guys wearing brown uniform like police, begging for coins, they are just musicians not police, so dont be cheated with money..
BEFORE TRAVEL TO MEXICO put safe locks in your bags or roll with plastic your bags, machines sometimes break the bags or some bad employes at airport take sometimes things from your baggage ( example: my battery charger, my brother mp3player, my sister Palm etc..)
When you arrive to the INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT , take authorized taxis , you buy the ticket for the taxi just in the office in the right side of the international arrivals gate, prices depend in the ZONE and baggage(example to downtown are like 90 pesos), just check to pay the right amount in the office (not 400 pesos), Also do not permit other people take your bags otherwise they are going to ask you for tip ....
if you order a taxi from the airport from your hotel specify you want an ordinary taxi a single car for 1 person , otherwise they will take ventage and send you a Van truck and you have to pay like 4 times the price.
Robbers inside the CHAPULTEPEC PARK in Mexico city act showing a special credential as police, but they dont have uniform, you always have the RIGHT TO CALL YOUR EMBASSY , you can not be in jail they can not stop you, in case you are in troubles shout and they will be in panic..real police will help you.
Inside/outside the park dont eat nothing there, you can get a very bad stomach infection..later incubation of amibas in your intestins.. nice trip with diarrea uh !!!
robbers around ZOCALO AREA are searching specialy guys that go out from subway meanwhile they sit and read a travelguide books take care your belongings.
In all Mexico.... when you go to a bar or club, take care your belongings if you leave them in the chair or table and you go to dance... robbers are taking ventage.
TEOTIHUACAN PYRAMIDS recently has been some robberies inside the bus from Teotihuacan - to Mexico city, take your warnings, there are available tours or go early and dont come back so late.
Embajada de Hungria
Paseo de las Palmas 2005 Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F..
Embajada de India
Musset 325 Polanco Mexico, D.F.
Embajada de Nepal
Avellanos 24 Jardines de San Mateo Naucalpan, Estado de Mexico.
--------- - 55605568
Embajada de Iran
Reforma 2350 Lomas Altas Mexico, D.F.
----- 55965399, 55965771
Embajada de Iraq
Reforma 1875 Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F.
------------ - 55960933
Embajada de Israel
Sierra Madre 215, Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F.
Embajada de Jamaica
Monte L?bano 885 Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F.
--------- 55209313, 55201814
Embajada de Libano
Julio Verne 8 Polanco Mexico, D.F.
----------- - 52806794, 52805614
Embajada de Malasia
Calderon de la Barca 215 Polanco Mexico, D.F.
Embajada de Marruecos
Paseo de las Palmas 2020 Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F.
---------- 52451786, 52451790
Embajada de Nicaragua
Payo de Rivera 120 Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F.
Embajada de Nueva Zelanda
Lagrange 103 piso 10 Los Morales, Polanco Mexico, D.F.
Embajada de Panama
Schiller 326 Piso 8 Chapultepec Morales Mexico, D.F.
--------- 52504229, 52504259
Embajada de Paraguay
Homero 415 Piso 1 Polanco Mexico, D.F.
Embajada de Peru
Paseo de la Reforma 2601 Lomas Reforma Mexico, D.F.
Embajada de Indonesia
Julio Verne 27 Polanco Mexico, D.F.
Embajada de el Salvador
Calle Temistocles # 88 Colonia Polanco
Embajada de Angola
Schiller 503 Polanco 11560 Mexico, D.F. M?XICO
----- 5545 2733 5545 5883
Embajada de Tailandia Royal Thai Embassy
Sierra Vertientes 1030 Lomas de Chapultepec 11000 Mexico, D.F.
firstname.lastname@example.org (525) 596-8236 (525) 596-1290, 596-8446
Embajada de Belice
Bernardo de Galvez 215, Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F.
-------- -- 55201274 / 55201346
Embajada de Belgica
Musset 41, Polanco, Mexico, D.F
----------- -- 52800758 , 52805830
Embajada de Brasil
Lope de Armendariz 130, Lomas Virreyes Mexico, D.F.
----------- --------- 52027500 , 55203286
Embajada de Bulgaria
Paseo de la Reforma 1990, Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F
--------- --------- 55963282
Embajada de Suecia
paseo de las Palmas 1375 Col. Lomas de Chapultepec 11000 Mexico, D.F.
(+52)55 40 32 63 ,( +52)55406393 -al 97
Embajada de Dinamarca
Tres Picos No. 43 Apartado Postal 105-105 Col. Chapultepec Morales 11580 Mexico, D.F.
t 5255 3405 /52554145
Embajada de Noruega
Avenida Virreyes 1460, Lomas Chapultepec, C.P. 11000 Mexico D.F.
email@example.com. (52 55) 55 40 52 20 , 55403487, 52 02 30 19
Embajada de Austria
Sierra Tarahumara Pte. 420 Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 5245-0198 5251-9792, 5251-1606
Embajada de Ecuador
Tension 217, Polanco Mexico, D.F.
Embajada de Egipto
Alejandro Dumas 131 Polanco Mexico, D.F.
--------- 52810823, 52810698
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 465-602 Irrigacion Mexico, D.F.
Embajada de Grecia
Av. De las Palmas 2060 Lomas Reforma Mexico, D.F.
------ 55966333, 55966038
Embajada de Guatemala
Av. Explanada 1025 Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F.
------ 55407520, 55206680
Embajada de Arabia Saudita
Paseo de las Palmas No. 2075 Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F. .
Fax-------- 52510789, 55960173
Embajada de Argelia
Sierra Madre 540. Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F.
Fax-------- 55208656, 55206950
Embajada de Republica de Chipre
Sierra Gorda 370 Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F.
---------- 52027600, 52023096
Embajada de Portugal
Alejandro Dumas 311 Polanco Mexico, D.F.
Embajada de Suiza
Av. De las Palmas 405 Torre Optima Piso 2 Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F
Embajada de Tuquia
Schiller 326 Piso 5 Chapultepec Morales Mexico, D.F
Fax-------- 52038984, 52540262
Embajada de Uruguay
Hegel 149 piso 1 Polanco Mexico, D.F
Embajada de Venezuela
Schiller 326 Chapultepec Morales Mexico, D.F
------ 52034233, 52034435
EMBASSIES LOCATION IN MEXICO CITY
EMBASSIES IN MEXICO CITY
DETAILED MAP OF MEXICO CITY
Embassy of USA
Embassy of the Republic of France
Embassy of the Republic of Italy.
Embassy of Spain
Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Embassy of the Hellenic Republic (Greece)
Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium
Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark
Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Embassy of the Republic of Austria
Embassy of the Republic of Finland
Embassy of the Republic of Portugal
Embassy of Ireland
Embassy of Poland
Embassy of Letonia
Embassy Chez Rep.
Embassy of Hungary
Embassy of Switzerland
About HEALTH if you dont have insurance and want cheap doctor and medicine, around Mexico..FARMACIAS SIMILARES.. this chain of drugstores they have doctors and offices that help poor people so just ask about help... you can buy medicine in Mexico without medical prescription.
TAXIS IN BUS STATIONS.- do not permit someone take your bags, they can put you in a fake taxi or a expensive taxi, you better take an authorized prepayed where you drive safe. Offices of prepayed taxis are inside bus stations. you pay first and they give you a ticket
Be familiar with the bills of Mexico, otherwise you can be cheated for some taxi drivers or people , example ..they can give you old bills not in circulation anymore.
ATM machines are around all Mexico city.... do not take money in dark places can not be safe.
you can do it inside restaurants or malls or shopping centers at night...or banks at day..
clonation of cards in ATM is possible so look very well if the entrance of the card dont look strange. Sanborns stores in mexico city have an AT inside the store .
ALWAYS take a copy of your passport (photocopy) , if you have problems with the police, the police have the obligation to talk with your embassy, or follow to your hotel to get the original one, give money can be worst.
ASKING DIRECTIONS... ask 3 times to people to find a direction of a place,if 2 are correct you are in the good direction, people are friendly want to help but sometimes they dont know.
Some urban local buses in some turistic cities charge more to tourist so you better ask first the price for the ride.
REN TA CAR ? DO NOT LEAVE STUFF IN THE SEATS.. think about it twice in case they steal the bags from the car or the car complete you might have problems?? it depends of the area..
FIRST TIME TRAVELERS staying at DOWNTOWN ZOCALO in Mexico city,
will experience:.. pollution, lot people, few restaurants, few nightlife, strange people and lot of pyshical men arrasment, possible robbers, music events in the main square, but also strikes...that why I suggest other hostels or hotels in other places in the city.
Price is the same or better in other areas. More comfortable options to have acomodation in the city are around : Chapultepec, Condesa,
..AROUND ZOCALO area is like a shoe horse ..3 streets besides the square at night CAN BE DANGEROUS, STREETS AS: Brasil, Peru and Rep, Salvador , Plaza meave, San salvador, etc...
its high risky (MORE AT NIGHT) walking at streets behind PLAZA GARIBALDI, ( mariachi area )
better walk in the more transit avenue EJE LAZARO CARDENAS at night, or better takea taxi and leave you there.. Taxi seguro refered before can work.
careful in : Plaza de la republica or Revolution monument streets around and Zona Rosa
some streets have police around others not. walk safe in lightened streets.
better take money at stores SANBORNS inside they have ATMs, clonation of cards is a crime happening now in Mexico city.
5 HOSTELS AROUND ZOCALO area :
Hostel Catedral Mundo joven, Hostel Amigo, Hostel Moneda, Hostel mexico city
Hostel Mundo Joven ,take care your belongings since other people not staying at the hostels stop there in the lobby for a drink
the place TEPITO and LAGUNILLA its a black market / flea market TAKE CARE, the robbers are around, few police in the area. Its a zone of high risk.. dont be statistic :0/ as me
...go under your own risk, its a coin in the air !...
other places with risk for tourists are LA MERCED, around BASILICA GUADALUPE.
OPTION: TAKE OTHER HOSTELS IN MEXICO CITY.
Driving in Mexico can be fun, but also requires a fair amount of concentration.
You will have to dodge lots of unmarked topes (speed bumps), pot holes and generally bad roads. See my other 'transportation' tip for more details here.
But add to that the fact that many like to enjoy the nights and the local police are much more liberal to let drunk driving go without penalty than in other countries, and the roads at night can have some additional hazards.
For example, many will drink in public plazas before driving home, or as shown in the photo, you can even buy alcohol directly into the car. If you you are going somewhere at night, think about where the partying crowd may be and either choose other routes or opt for a taxi.
If you are there over the weekend, do forget to check-out the rate. We paid about US$165 excl tax...more
Our travel agent told described the accomdations here as luxury but they were a bit less impressive...more
Clean well maintained and on a very nice private beach setting. Several restaurants on the property....more
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