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Old 08-27-2016, 07:43 AM   #29
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Wow,

I don't think the OP was asking us to go with him to Mexico. If I choose to go or not go was not part of his question.

I have gone to Mexico a few times but several years ago. When I drove in from Cali, I stopped in at the border and bought a couple days worth of Mexican insurance on the rental car I had from Los Angeles. Thought it was the best action at the time, and we will never know, as I enjoyed my time in Mexico and drove back to California, and eventually flew home. No problems, but stories I still tell and memories I still enjoy.

I have also flown into Mex on a Cancun vaca, and rented a jeep and did some exploring of the Yucatan, including Chichén Itzá. I had a blast. (I did hook up with a tour group for some details I did not know.

For me, life has changed a bit, and I think it is not the right vacation for me, but I do not begrudge you my wish you have a great time.

Of course it is dangerous, but so are many other places on the planet. Use your head, don't stagger drunk into an alley, etc. Most of the advice that makes sense is use common sense. Have a good time. Be aware of your surroundings.

Also, remember you are in a different place. Crime aside, the infrastructure is different. If you need assistance, the availability may be different than you expected, so any advice I might give might include a warning to be pretty self reliant. (Spare tires, extra oil, a good tool box, etc)

Most of all, have a good time.
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Many of the posters only travel close to the border. Some of them travel in the free zones where no vehicle import papers are required. You did not state where you are going? If you will be beyond the border area or outside any of the free or no hassle zones then a TIP ( Temporary Import Permit) is required. Cars and trucks get a 6 month permit. MH's get a 10 year permit. How big is your motorcycle? You can get one 10 year on the MH and one 6 month on the bike. Often no permit is required on the bike. They simply add it to your MH permit. BUT, this is Mexico and different customs officials interpret the rules differently. I would suggest you join RV.net and go to the Mexico forum. Lots of that bring bikes to Mexico. IRV is a great forum but not much Mexico knowledge or experience in this forum. Glad to see you ignored the naysayers. The poster who suggested paying bribes is giving you some very bad advice. Safe travels !!
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Many of the posters only travel close to the border. Some of them travel in the free zones where no vehicle import papers are required. You did not state where you are going? If you will be beyond the border area or outside any of the free or no hassle zones then a TIP ( Temporary Import Permit) is required. Cars and trucks get a 6 month permit. MH's get a 10 year permit. How big is your motorcycle? You can get one 10 year on the MH and one 6 month on the bike. Often no permit is required on the bike. They simply add it to your MH permit. BUT, this is Mexico and different customs officials interpret the rules differently. I would suggest you join RV.net and go to the Mexico forum. Lots of that bring bikes to Mexico. IRV is a great forum but not much Mexico knowledge or experience in this forum. Glad to see you ignored the naysayers. The poster who suggested paying bribes is giving you some very bad advice. Safe travels !!
Thanks, I'm planning on heading to Lake Chapala. It's pretty far south. The bike is a Kawasaki KLR650.
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Chapala is of course out of that free zone. Enjoy Guad and make sure you go to Tonala on a Sunday for the best ever huge flea market. Lots of fun!
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Chapala is of course out of that free zone. Enjoy Guad and make sure you go to Tonala on a Sunday for the best ever huge flea market. Lots of fun!
I may be wrong but I think the flea market (art sale) is Wednesday and Saturdays). I spent the last 4 summers working in Guadalajara so I've noticed a lot of misconceptions in this thread. Lake Chapala is a beautiful area and you will find lot's of Canadians there. Besides Tonala, I would go to Tlaquepaque square for dinner sightseeing, also make a trip to Tequila Town, lots of history.
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According to their web site it is Thursday and Sunday. I thought it was Wednesday and Sunday. Go figure.

El tianguis de Tonalá se instala en las principales calles de la zona centro de la ciudad todos los JUEVES y DOMINGOS del año desde las 8 de la mañana hasta las 3 de la tarde, aunque algunos comerciantes inician la instalacion de sus puestos desde las 6 de la mañana y otros se retiran hasta pasadas las 6 de la tarde.
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