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    Snakes

    by micas_pt Written Nov 13, 2003

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    This isn't exactly a Danger tip, it's more like a warning for those more "sensible" to some animals, such as snakes.

    You will find snakes in most places you visit such as jungle or ruins (most of them in middle of jungle). All the snakes i saw were harmless, thin and long, … but nevertheless i kept away from them since i don't like snakes.

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    Driving

    by micas_pt Updated Nov 13, 2003

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    Although i have never driven a car in Mexico, i got the idea that in some places it is not safe, … some bus drivers seemed to be doing some dangerous manoeuvres, as well as other drivers i met on the road.

    Yucatan main roads look safe and seem ok, but before travelling to Mexico i've heard that in some more deserted roads you might be stopped and robbed, …

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    Fines and police

    by micas_pt Written Nov 13, 2003

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    If you are driving you should respect speed limit. Otherwise police will stop you and will give a fine. I've seen this happen even with tourism bus drivers, … Police was just right by the resort door, and driver got a fine for exceeding speed limit. Curious thing was that the driver bartered the fine as if was at a shop buying something!!! And even more curious was the fact that he actually succeeded in lowering the fine, … if i correctly recall original fine was around $80 and driver managed to lower it to something like $40.

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    Phone calls

    by micas_pt Written Nov 14, 2003

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    Mexico is amongst countries with most expensive telecommunications. Phone calls are rather expensive, mainly if made in hotels.

    You should try to use public phones or use some card provided by your country's operators. Even so, you might think you are being robbed, … when you make a phone call, the time (and cost!) will be from 2nd dial tone, unlike most countries when you start paying after someone answers the phone. Even for making a collect call you will be charged, and it's not cheap, …

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    The water

    by micas_pt Updated Oct 25, 2003

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    Everyone travelling from Europe or North America is advised NOT to drink water, unless it's bottled. Eventhough in some places they might say the water is properly treated for drinking i was told that its mineral composition is different from ours and this may cause diharrea and other disturbs as well. So, you'd better stick to bottled water, just in case, ... I was even advised about the quality of ice - they say that if it is "manufactured" from tap water it will have the same effect as if you drink that water, ... i was lucky and got no diseases at all.

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    Mosquittoes

    by micas_pt Updated Oct 25, 2003

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    Pretty annoying. Sometimes you don't notice them and then, ... bingo! You just notice the bite and the hitch. I was told that mosquittoes "appear" near the sunset time and by the water. I wasn't particularly affect by them, but some people complained a lot. I was "attacked" once in the jungle (at the end of the afternoon and there was a cenote nearby) but used some repellent and it did work - no more mosquittoes!!

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    Friendly Police

    by KazigluBey Written Dec 14, 2003

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    Be aware of the friendly "policia"!

    Although, I have never had any problems I have to count my self extremely lucky.

    Living only a short distance from the Mexican border most everyone I know has been across the border, and most have policia problem stories to tell.

    One of their favorite practices is to demand "bribe money" for imagined offenses. If they don't recieve the dinero to their liking they can become quite brutal, in some cases going as far as beatings and or rapes.

    The USA - Mexico border towns are nortorious for police corruption!

    I can't speak for how they treat travelers from other countries, perhaps they just don't like Americans.

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    EMBASSIES IN MEXICO CITY

    by pedroebc Updated Feb 18, 2013

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    EMBASSIES IN MEXICO CITY

    Embajada de Alemania
    / Lord Byron 737, Col. Polanco,
    ---------- tel 52 83 22 00

    Embajada de Canada
    / Schiller 529, Col. Polanco,
    ---- 5724-7900

    Embajada Britanica
    / 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
    ------ 52822974

    Embajada de Suiza
    http://www.eda.admin.ch/mexico_emb/s/home.html
    Torre Optima, piso 11,Paseo de las Palmas No. 405, Lomas de Chapultepec
    Tel. (01 55) 55.20.30.03,52822974,52822271
    e-mail: vertretung@mex.rep.admin.ch

    Embajada de Estados Unidos/
    Reforma 305 Cuautémoc Mexico, D.F -------52099100

    Embajada de Argentina/
    Blvd.. Manuel Avila Camacho 1, 7º. Piso
    Plaza Comermex
    Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F
    ------ 55209430 al 32

    Embajada de Australia/
    Ruben Dario 55, Polanco, Mexico, D.F
    ------- 55315225

    Embajada de Francia/
    Campos Eliseos 339 ,Polanco Mexico, D.F.
    ------- 52829700

    Embajada de Colombia/
    Paseo de la Reforma 1620 Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F
    ----- 55209669

    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
    Mexico, D.F.
    --------- 52589921

    Embajada de Chile/
    Andres Bello Nº 10, Edificio FORUM, Piso 18, Colonia Polanco Mexico, D.F
    echilmex@dfl.telmex.net.mex
    (52-55) 5 280. 9703, 5280 9681 - 82 - 89 - 98

    Embajada de Finlandia /
    Monte Pelvoux 111, Piso 4. Lomas de Chapultepec 11000, finmex@prodigy.net.mx ------ (+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....

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    Strong sun

    by micas_pt Updated Oct 25, 2003

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    The sun is very strong so you must be very carefull with sunburns and dehidration. Be sure to always apply a good sunscreen and drink plenty of liquids during exposure to sun (not alcohol, ...) ;-)

    Even on cloudy days there are a lot of sunburns. If travelling around don't forget that the sun has the same affects as when you're lying on the beach or by the pool.

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    Stupidity can be costly -mistakes bargaining

    by melosh Written Dec 26, 2004

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    Markets and having to bargain can be alot of fun, but there are two dangers in Mexico.
    1)One is the obvious concern that wherever you find large numbers of people who can be close together, pickpockets and other petty criminals may be found. Take the logical precautions, do not flash money or jewelery, or dangle cameras or purses, and stay alert. (In 35 years of visiting Mexican markets, I have never been robbed, but I am careful.)
    2)The second is paying way over the market price. At least ask lots of vendors before you buy. Better yet check out the store "fixed" prices preferrably at government sponsored craft or cultural centers. Learn about quality and price. Then bargain.

    What not to do when you want to bargain:
    1. Do not accept the first offer.
    2. Do not make an automatic counter offer of half the vendors initial offer as suggested by some guide books. (It seems some of the vendors have read these books and have doubled their first asking price for foreigners.)
    3. When you find something you like do not clutch it to your chest while you try to bargain.
    4. Do not reach for your money unless it is to show that you have no money beyond your best bid or to pay the price asked.
    5. Do not be afraid to walk away. (When I walk away, my wife often says, "You'll be sorry." Her point being that if you really like it, buy it, unless you are sure that you can go back later.)
    6. And out of fairness, do not offer what you are not willing to pay.

    I have had friends who have failed 1-5 of the above after asking me to help them bargain. Needless to say, they paid more than was necessary.

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    TAX REFUND IN MEXICO for tourists

    by pedroebc Updated Nov 18, 2013

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    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.

    http://www.premiertaxfree.com

    ***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
    Email: info@mx.premiertaxfree.com

    Oficina Quintana Roo
    Premier Tax Free
    Av. Tulum 200-314(Plaza Mexico)
    Mza 16, Smza 4,
    C.P. 77500,Cancun
    Quintana Roo
    Tel: +52(998)892 3846
    Fax: +52(998)883 9977

    **** www.taxback.com.mx

    *****Global Refund Group
    http://www.globalrefund.com/

    *****Yvesam Retornos Mundiales

    http://www.yvesam.com.mx/ yvesam.com
    contacto.turista@yvesam.com.mx
    (0155)5207-2165
    (0155)5207-2325
    (0155)5511-0884

    Cd. de México

    Aeropuerto Internacional
    Benito Juárez
    México, Distrito Federal

    Terminal 1, sala de última espera
    Zona estéril
    Terminal 1, Bahía F2-F3
    (Planta alta) Puerta 12
    Zona abierta

    Cancún

    Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún
    Cancún, Quintana Roo

    Terminal 2, sala de última espera
    sala 5A
    Terminal 3, sala de última espera
    junto al SPA

    ********

    http://www.sectur.gob.mx/wb/sectur/sect_Boletin_069_Inicia_en_Junio_Proceso_para_Devo

    *******
    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

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    Don't Pay For Bus Ticket Before It Is Presented

    by vaticanus Updated Jun 1, 2003

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    All major bus stations now use computerized terminals to issue tickets. This warning does not apply to large stations. This warning applies to stations that still issue tickets manually. Never hand over your money in advance- that is to say before the ticket is written and stamped. Otherwise, what can happen is you pay for a ticket you never receive. Your money has disappeared into the receipt drawer. When the agent presents you your ticket, he asks for your payment. What can you do, but pay again.

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    EMBASSIES IN MEXICO WEBSITES/ TRADE CHAMBERS...

    by pedroebc Updated Jul 14, 2012

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    **********************
    EMBASSIES LOCATION IN MEXICO CITY

    EMBASSIES IN MEXICO CITY

    http://www.sre.gob.mx/acreditadas/default.htm

    http://www.delmex.ec.europa.eu/

    DETAILED MAP OF MEXICO CITY
    http://guiaroji.aol.com.mx
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    Embassy of USA
    http://mexico.usembassy.gov/
    www.amcham.com.mx

    Embassy of the Republic of France
    www.francia.org.mx
    www.consul-fr.org.mx
    www.cfmci.com

    Embassy of the Republic of Italy.
    www.pentanet.com.mx/Embitaly/
    www.camaraitaliana.com.mx
    www.ice.it/estero2/cittamessico
    www.italcultmexico.om.mx

    Embassy of Spain
    embaes@prodigy.net.mx
    www.camescom.com.mx
    www.centrocultesp.org.mx

    Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    www.embajadabritanica.com.mx
    www.britchamexico.com
    www.britishcouncil.org.mx

    Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
    www.embajada-alemana.org.mx
    www.camexa.com.mx
    www.goethe.de/mexiko


    Embassy of the Hellenic Republic (Greece)
    grecemb@prodigy.net.mx

    Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium
    ambelmex@adetel.net.mx
    www.belumex.com
    Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    001(202)265.4171

    Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark
    www.danmex.org

    Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden
    www.suecia.com.mx
    swedcham@attglobal.net

    Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
    www.paisesbajos.com.mx

    Embassy of the Republic of Austria
    www.embajadadeaustria.com.mx
    www.austriantrade.org/mx

    Embassy of the Republic of Finland
    www.finlandia.org.mx
    www.finpro.fi/mexico

    Embassy of the Republic of Portugal
    embpomex@prodigy.net.mx
    icepmexico@intermark.net.mx

    Embassy of Ireland
    embajada@irlanda.org.mx

    Embassy of Poland
    www.polonia.org.mx

    Embassy of Letonia
    sbtmex@mail.internet.com.mx

    Embassy Chez Rep.
    mexico@embassy.mzv.cz

    Embassy Eslovaquia
    obeo@prodigy.com.mx

    Embassy of Hungary
    hungria@avantel.net

    Embassy of Switzerland
    www.aems.com.mx

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    EMBASSIES IN MEXICO CITY (2)

    by pedroebc Updated Jul 14, 2012

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    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.
    info@suecia.com.mx
    (+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.
    ambassade@dk.org.mx http://www.dk.org.mx/
    t 5255 3405 /52554145

    Embajada de Noruega
    Avenida Virreyes 1460, Lomas Chapultepec, C.P. 11000 Mexico D.F.
    emb.mexico@mfa.no. (52 55) 55 40 52 20 , 55403487, 52 02 30 19

    Embajada de Austria
    Sierra Tarahumara Pte. 420 Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
    obmexico@data.net.mx Fax 5245-0198 5251-9792, 5251-1606


    Embajada de Ecuador
    Tension 217, Polanco Mexico, D.F.
    ------ 55456013

    Embajada de Egipto
    Alejandro Dumas 131 Polanco Mexico, D.F.
    --------- 52810823, 52810698

    Embajada Etiopia
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 465-602 Irrigacion Mexico, D.F.
    Fax-------- 55570772


    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

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    EMBASSIES MEXICO CITY (3)

    by pedroebc Updated Jul 14, 2012

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    Embajada de Hungria
    Paseo de las Palmas 2005 Lomas de Chapultepec Mexico, D.F..
    --------55961822

    Embajada de India
    Musset 325 Polanco Mexico, D.F.
    ---------- 55311002

    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.
    ------ 55456013

    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.
    -----------52541118

    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.
    ----------- 55403847

    Embajada de Nueva Zelanda
    Lagrange 103 piso 10 Los Morales, Polanco Mexico, D.F.
    -----------52815486


    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.
    ---------- 55319905

    Embajada de Peru
    Paseo de la Reforma 2601 Lomas Reforma Mexico, D.F.
    ------------52590239, 55702443

    Embajada de Indonesia
    Julio Verne 27 Polanco Mexico, D.F.
    --------- 52806863

    Embajada de el Salvador
    Calle Temistocles # 88 Colonia Polanco
    ----------- 5-281-57-23

    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.
    thaimex@infosel.net.mx (525) 596-8236 (525) 596-1290, 596-8446

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