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Old 01-10-2016, 05:04 PM   #1
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We use to walk across the US - Mexico border to get cheaper medication at Los Algodones. There was also an excellent restaurant to have lunch. There was a place to park your motor home; however, I have heard this has become the drug cartel playground. Anyone can shed some light on this?
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We were just there yesterday. Nothing seems to have changed in the 7 years we have been going there.
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Old 01-10-2016, 05:17 PM   #3
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Well, if you consider all the hawkers standing on the corners hustling Viagra, then I guess it could be considered a drug cartel playground
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We were just there yesterday. Nothing seems to have changed in the 7 years we have been going there.
Going to be there in about a month, first time. Any specific recommendations for pharmacy to go to or not go to?
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Going to be there in about a month, first time. Any specific recommendations for pharmacy to go to or not go to?
We always go to the purple one. I dont recall the name. I do believe that most of them are connected in some way, but the purple one has the best prices, and it is right across the street once you get into Algodonnes.

Remember to bring your passport as it will make getting back into the USA a lot easier.
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Purple Pharmacy is across the street immediately after you cross the border.

There was a robbery about two years ago. The town hunted the guys down and booted them out. They work hard to keep the town safe so that the winter Arizonians continue to cross over for their meds, booze, dental, glasses, and touristy stuff.

My parent go over at least once per month, and never heard of or encountered any bad activity.

My dad even likes to go way down all the back streets looking for trinkets, clothes, etc, and never had a problem.
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The only problem we have had there in many crossings is the long wait to get back into the states after lunch. Have waited in line up to 1 1/2 hours. They have put up hard awnings to keep the sun off the line.

If you have the time and the line is too long at 2 PM, come back at 4
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I almost couldn't get back two years ago. My passport was almost expired, my hair was now mostly gray, I had put on several pounds, and my hair was longer. The guard asked for my driver license, and it had an even older picture on it. I gave him my CHL which had a newer pic on it, with me a little heavier and one gray streak in the hair, and he let me back over. But he told me I needed to update my passport. It was due to be updated anyway about 6 months later.

So, DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT!!!
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Nothing has changed like was said above. It's safe. Busy time of the year there
so expect long lines to get out back to home.
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I almost couldn't get back two years ago. My passport was almost expired, my hair was now mostly gray, I had put on several pounds, and my hair was longer. The guard asked for my driver license, and it had an even older picture on it. I gave him my CHL which had a newer pic on it, with me a little heavier and one gray streak in the hair, and he let me back over. But he told me I needed to update my passport. It was due to be updated anyway about 6 months later.

So, DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT!!!
They might give you a bad time about how you look compared to your passport photo, but you can not be denied entry back into your home country. A couple of years ago a friend went to Algodonnes without his passport(he didnt know you needed it) they let him back in the USA, but did give him grief for not having a passport.
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The only problem we have had there in many crossings is the long wait to get back into the states after lunch. Have waited in line up to 1 1/2 hours. They have put up hard awnings to keep the sun off the line.

If you have the time and the line is too long at 2 PM, come back at 4
A couple of times when we wanted to come back across, and the lines were really long, we paid $10.00 per person to have the guy on the three wheeled bicycle take us back across. Money well spent.
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Remember there are restrictions on what meds, you can bring back, ( narcotics ? ) so be aware of the regulations; you can buy them, but getting them back into the USA, is not always possible.
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And warning about the little lady with the 6 kids begging at the gate on the way back to the US. They are cute, and sad looking, and I always get suckered out of $10 or so.

Then one time I was talking to the guy at the purple pharmacy, and he says they make TONS of money, and she keeps having kids so she always has a baby on her hip to make you feel sorry.

Not sure if that is true or not. I am not saying don't give them money, or buy their trinkets. But be aware that they are raking in cash every day, tax free, and probably are not as poor as they seem.
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It's still a safe and friendly place. We wandered all over, ate in several restaurants, bought stuff, and had dental work done. Spent 5 days at different times wandering around the town with no issues at all.


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