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I'm going where? Mexico city? And Oaxaca?

I am. I leave in two weeks. I have never been to either and I don't speak much Spanish. I would like to spend a little bit of time in the Capital—maybe a day or two at either end—but most of my time in Oaxaca. Maybe in Oaxaca city. Maybe on the coast. No sé. [more inside]
posted by Time To Sharpen Our Knives on Apr 23, 2016 - 9 answers

Help with Mexican Theft

All five passports, computers, Ipad, phones, etc were stolen from our Villa in Akumal. We travel tomorrow. I am borrowing a neighbors computer. Despite all of our vacation photos being gone, I guess our main concern is getting home. [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Apr 22, 2016 - 21 answers

Experience with Delta Vacations?

We find ourselves in the enviable position of having significant travel vouchers to use up with Delta, and are also in need of the most decision-free vacation possible. Do you have experience with the pre-packaged Delta Vacations, which include hotel+airfare+taxes? Can you tell me about it, especially if you've been to Hawaii or Mexico? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Apr 19, 2016 - 1 answer

Advice on how to deal with failure? I lost my job due to depression.

I took a job in Mexico as an English teacher. Between dealing with culture shock and homesickness, moving away from my boyfriend, a major depressive episode, anxiety and panic, physical health issues, and experiencing an extreme trauma (was raped right before Christimas break)... well, suffice to say, it wasn't the best semester. I was just told that I will not be asked back next year. I was not planning on returning, but my self-esteem has taken a huge hit. How do I move forward after such an awful failure? [more inside]
posted by chocolatespaghetti on Mar 6, 2016 - 10 answers

US Citizen in Cancun, passport expired today, what to expect?

I flew into Cancun from the US yesterday and stupidly did not check the expiration date on my passport. The US Consular Agency in Cancun opens 8AM tomorrow, and my flight back to the US is at 2:30PM on Tuesday. I'll go to the Consular Agency as soon as they open, but does anyone know what I should expect? Is there a chance to receive emergency travel documents on the same day, or will I have to change my flight?
posted by Dipped Pretzels on Mar 6, 2016 - 5 answers

Help me plan a beach vacation in mexico

We are planning a beach vacation (for about 7-8 days) in Mexico in next few months with a 5-year-old and an 18-month-old. We are planning on spending most of the time at the beach or around the pool. Might for an excursion, if it’s something that we can handle with an 18-month-old. At night, we like the option of getting out from the resort and walk around the streets (if it’s safe) and maybe try street food. No nightclubs for us. More information inside [more inside]
posted by WizKid on Feb 15, 2016 - 5 answers

From Merida to Cancun

I need advice on the nuts and bolts of getting from the Centro area of Merida to Cancun by bus. [more inside]
posted by the phlegmatic king on Feb 8, 2016 - 5 answers

Moving to Queretaro for 4 months

My family and I (husband, wife, 10 year old, 7 year old) will be living in Queretaro, QRO, Mexico for the next four months. We have housing/work and school for the kids arranged. What advice do you have for us/what should we know? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Jan 29, 2016 - 2 answers

Driving alone in the Yucatan. Difficulty level: 35-ish woman

I've done my research and had concluded that driving around the Yucatan with my husband would be safe - only now circumstances have changed and I'm alone. Should I still do it? Bonus points for other things a slightly morose woman could do around Cancun to lift her spirits. [more inside]
posted by scrute on Jan 27, 2016 - 11 answers

Campus novel set in Mexico or other parts of Latin America?

Inspired by this post, I would like to find some fiction involving a university or college setting in Mexico or other parts of Latin America. Contemporary is preferred, but please don't hold back on any great historical reads.
posted by neutralmojo on Jan 13, 2016 - 4 answers

What 1960s Mexican Film Can I Remember Only a Few Scenes From?

A Surrealist film with liberal use of curtains. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Jan 11, 2016 - 4 answers

Expiring Passport Blues--Mexico Edition

Which is riskier: Travelling to Mexico in mid-February on a passport that expires in late April or trying to send in my passport for renewal and hoping I get it back in time? Plus bonus question about the pope's visit and how that might affect my time in Mexico City. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jan 8, 2016 - 14 answers

Short trip to Mexico City, ideas welcome!

Yay! I have a short (4 days) visit coming up to Mexico city, leaving next week. I've got one day marked for Teotihuacan and another day for the National Museum of Anthropology and other museums in that area. That leaves two days with little to no plans, any mefites with experience in the DF who could share their must do's? Also, I am staying in Zona Rosa, planning on using the metro as much as possible for transport.
posted by Cosine on Jan 4, 2016 - 12 answers

Tropical Mexican beach vacation

I'm getting laid off in February, and after that I'd like to give myself a month to reset by spending most of it on a beach with books and fruity drinks. I can fly to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, or Cancun for free, so I'm looking for places that are within an hour or two of those airports. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by spindrifter on Dec 24, 2015 - 9 answers

What's awesome in Tulum, Mexico?

I asked, you answered: The lady pal and I are off to Tulum. And while it's quickly becoming the Hipster Cancun (Guilty as charged), I'm sure there's got to be some charm left. What's the best thing we can't miss? Bonus points for great meals, although all matter of ephemera and interest are appreciated.
posted by GilloD on Dec 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Purchasing a Mexico City SIM card in USA

Are there any reputable sources from whom I can purchase a Mexico City SIM card while I am still in the USA? [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener on Dec 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Cultural centers and events in Mexico City?

Adult vacationing with his parents for two weeks in Mexico City. We are all fluent Spanish speakers and eager to experience the best of the performing arts and culture here. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Nov 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Learning to surf near Puerto Vallarta, MX

I've got a week to myself in Mexico, starting in mid-December. I want to really learn how to surf, and maybe do some diving or snorkeling too. I don't have a very big budget, and I'm flying home out of Puerto Vallarta, but starting the trip in Guadalajara. I'm looking for recommendations on hostels, surf schools, and other things to do in the PV area. [more inside]
posted by hackwolf on Nov 4, 2015 - 1 answer

Where to go for a February babymoon, someplace warm?

The husband and I would like to go on a trip in before we have our first child. Our ideal would be a relaxing and beachy vacation spot in the tropics (Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico?)—big bonus if it's a place we might want to return to in later years with our kid or kids! Specific resort/condo/hotel recommendations appreciated. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Oct 20, 2015 - 11 answers

Vacation to Mayan ruins?

I'm interested in planning a week-or-two trip at the end of the year to see Mayan ruins and other non-Cancun-y things to do in the region. What's good? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Sep 23, 2015 - 16 answers

Where's the chillest Mexico vacation?

The ladyfriend and I would like to decamp to Mexico for a week or two after Christmas. We are definitely not the frat-party/Cancun types. We're more of the "This hut on the beach is $20 a night and has no electricity" types. And this totally an off-the-grid/lay on the beach sitch. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Aug 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Old Mexican Phone Number

A friend bought a vintage Mexican purse at a thrift store, and the label has a phone number. [more inside]
posted by Dolley on Aug 3, 2015 - 3 answers

Getting into and out of PVR

Going to Puerto Vallarta soon, to stay at a small hotel in the Zona Romantica. The hotel offers an airport transfer service (into town at our arrival, out of town when we depart) for about $75 (US) round-trip. On the one hand this seems crazy expensive to me, but then I've never been to the area (and it's a half-hour ride each way) so maybe it's in line with local prices. Is this service a good idea or am I fine just hailing a taxi at the airport?
posted by psoas on Jun 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Short notice one-person vacation: what do?

I have unexpectedly received a week off work from June 13th to the 21st. Please tell me where and how to vacation alone. [more inside]
posted by none of these will bring disaster on May 19, 2015 - 16 answers

How shelf-stable is Oaxacan mole paste?

My brother bought me two ziplock bags full of Oaxacan mole paste from a vacation in Mexico about two months ago. I asked him how to store it and he said to just toss it in my pantry. I totally forgot about it until today. I'm making dinner for him and his lady tonight (as well as my husband and toddler) and was thinking of using it for enchiladas. It still smells fine. Would you eat it?
posted by macrowave on May 17, 2015 - 3 answers

Overlanding from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires: tips or recommendations?

In August, my best friend and I (both 20-something guys) begin a 5 month adventure across the Americas. We started to research the trip last September, and have basically scoured the internet since then. Instagram has proved to be a great source to connect with the overlanding community and there's a couple of good blogs out there of people currently doing the trip. Still, we'd still really appreciate if the askmefi community could weigh in. As I start to put together a detailed itinerary I'm beginning to feel overwhelmed by all the details and possibilities. Where to go? What to plan? How much to budget? And, just generally, what level of detail should I plan to? Normally I'd come up with a broad plan in a few days and then wing it but given the dangers, sheer size of this adventure, and the amount of unforgettable places to see I want to really plan it. UNESCO sites, nature, must-see towns and villages... Can anybody help us? [more inside]
posted by intelligentfool on Apr 27, 2015 - 11 answers

Cabbing from San Diego airport to Ensenada?

Mexico Border Crossing: please explain to me, an East Coaster, the viability of taking a cab from the San Diego airport, rolling my suitcase across the border, and taking a Mexican cab to Ensenada. It sounds insane to me, but people from Arizona insist this is a fine way to travel. [more inside]
posted by Viola on Apr 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Last minute trip to Mexico or Caribbean on a budget

I have a week off next week, and am looking to book a last-minute trip to somewhere warm for a few days, flying from the northeast US. I'm thinking the Caribbean or Mexico, but open to other ideas. My budget is up to $700US for flights and 4-5 nights accommodation, and I don't want a spring break type trip. Am I asking the impossible? [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine on Mar 9, 2015 - 3 answers

all in in tulum

Where do I find poker chips in Tulum, Mexico? [more inside]
posted by googly on Mar 2, 2015 - 4 answers

Cruise advice question for two fun-loving lesbians

I will be going on a week-long cruise with my wife, parents and brothers and sisters to the Mexican Riviera in a couple weeks. I have never been on a cruise before and neither has my wife. For those of you who have been on cruises, how can we make the most of our trip without being completely overwhelmed? [more inside]
posted by rabu on Mar 2, 2015 - 14 answers

How dangerous is Mexico really?

I have heard many horror stories from friends, about narcos, ransom, murder, beheading etc. I would be visiting family in Guerrero and Morelos for 2 weeks in March for spring break. What are my chances of getting kidnapped or murder? If it was 1 in a million or greater, I probably wouldn't go. FWIW I am a white skinned half Mexican 32 year old guy, and my Spanish is good but I definitely have an American accent.
posted by crawltopslow on Mar 1, 2015 - 16 answers

Help me translate station wagon to French and Spanish!

What do people in France, Spain, and Mexico call a (station) wagon in common usage in their native languages? Is "break" correct for France? I think I'm missing the subtleties when Googling here. (And "estate" is correct for the UK, right?) Thank you!
posted by jroybal on Feb 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Please tell me about driving & grocery shopping on the Mayan Riviera

In a couple of weeks we're visiting the Mayan Riviera for the 4th time. But it's the first time we're renting a car. What do I need to know about driving along the highway between Cancun airport and Tulum? And where are the best places to get groceries? [more inside]
posted by valleys on Feb 23, 2015 - 10 answers

What is the best way to transfer money from Mexico to the US?

I have a close friend (in Mexico) who bought a second-hand guitar from me. We are trying to figure out a good way for her to make payments to me (in the US). Paypal seems convenient. Western Union does this sort of thing, I think. Has anyone done the research to let us know how to do this with the least transaction fees/overhead? Maybe bank-to-bank transfer or something? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Feb 22, 2015 - 4 answers

[beltbucklefilter] Any idea where this buckle might have come from?

Picked this up a few years ago at an abandoned pawn place in New Mexico. Love it dearly (although it does need a polish), but I have no idea where it might be from (definitely American, perhaps government?) or what the design might signify. And, hey, I wear it all the time, so I'd like to know!
posted by experiencing a significant gravitas shortfall on Jan 28, 2015 - 4 answers

Translating fragments of 'Circuito Interior' from Spanish to English

I'm really taken by the poetry of Efrain Huerta, and I would like a fragment of his poem 'Circuito Interior' translated to English. [more inside]
posted by beijingbrown on Dec 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Where should we beach?

We've done, and LOVED Playa del Carmen, but now must find a comparable place on the Pacific side. [more inside]
posted by wocka wocka wocka on Dec 4, 2014 - 10 answers

No really, what does umbers mean?

Basically Nora Reed's unanswered question in this comment from two years ago: what is the etymology of 'umbers', in the New Mexican idiolect? Will also accept explanations of 'a la v[e|ay]'. At some point I was told it was a not super minced version of something really profane, and I've never been able to work out what.
posted by PMdixon on Nov 20, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I not get the Smuggler's Blues?

I have four or five items that belong to me (worth a few hundred dollars each) that I'll be taking with me to Mexico. On my return, I want to leave them with my Mexican colleagues. How does this work with things like 'duty' and 'import' and all that? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Nov 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Mexico Vacation Rental: please help me not get scammed

I am trying to rent an apartment for a month in Playa del Carmen through a website that I found on google. Lets say it's called rent-playa-del-carmen.com (I can name the actual website if it's relevant). So far, I have been getting very professional responses with all my questions properly answered. The issue is that the agent is now asking for the full month of rent ($2500) plus $1000 deposit 30 days before my arrival. This is raising a bunch of red flags for me. Is this common or am I being scammed? Should I refuse and only pay the deposit? Is this such a big red flag that I I should walk away?
posted by lenny70 on Nov 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Roadtrip to see the Day of the Dead in Baja?

This Halloween weekend, I would like to surprise my wife with a daytrip to Mexico to see a traditional Día de Muertos observance (we live in San Diego county). I would like your help, MetaFilter. What are some good places, within a couple hours drive, for us to do so, and is there a specific time that would be best? Is this even an appropriate thing to visit as (visibly non-mexican) tourists? Help me plan this.
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2014 - 5 answers

Never really phoned there but I'd sure like to go.

Are there inexpensive options for using my Verizon iPhone in Mexico? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Oct 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Dentist in Playa del Carmen?

I have a couple (6!) cavities to fill and would like to get it done while I'm on vacation in Mexico for 2 weeks. Any suggestions? All the threads I could find were a few years old, so I figured a new one wouldn't hurt. Thanks!
posted by mrunderhill on Oct 13, 2014 - 1 answer

Puerto Peñasco/Rocky Point?

Looks like the last question about Puerto Peñasco/Rocky Point, Mexico, is about 10 years old. What's it like these days? Is it still possible to have a chill beach vacation there or has it gone full Spring Break?
posted by elizeh on Oct 9, 2014 - 5 answers

What is really going on in Mexico?

Does anyone have a reputable account or the inside-scoop on the recent student protests/murders/disappearances/mass graves in Mexico? So surreal and terrifying. Links and anecdata welcome.
posted by j_curiouser on Oct 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Just how rainy is it in Cancun/Tulum/Zipolite right now?

I'm thinking of a last minute vacation to Tulum or Zipolite, but the weather is showing as rainy every day for the next seven days. I'm wondering if this just means short showers each day, and it's otherwise sunny enough and a fine enough time to visit, or if I should look elsewhere for a vacation? I could potentially go to Mexico City / Oaxaca first for a week or so, and then the beach afterwards if that might help the weather situation. Thanks for any and all advice!
posted by User7 on Sep 19, 2014 - 4 answers

If you had your choice: Isla Mujeres, Tulum, or somewhere else?

A (platonic) friend and I have settled on a week in the for our annual adventure Yucatan with the necessity of observing Dia de los Muertos as traditionally as possible. What's out: resort-y tourist traps and highbrow urban scenes. What's in: rustic, natural, and easy access to natural & historic sites. Muchas gracias in advance for your suggestions. [more inside]
posted by moonbird on Sep 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Travel: Mexico City

I am traveling to Mexico City for two weeks in in mid September, and would love some Mefite Advice on lesser known things to see and do! [more inside]
posted by velebita on Aug 30, 2014 - 3 answers

Un poco de ayuda por favor.

I'm trying to use Mercadolibre (the "Latin American eBay") to buy some books only available on the Mexican market. However, I don't speak Spanish and am confused by several aspects of the site. Several questions inside. [more inside]
posted by vathek on Aug 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Bringing tamales into the US from Mexico

I'm currently in Mexico and will be returning home to the US in about a week. I'd like to bring back some tamales to share with my family, but I'm not sure whether or not I can bring them through customs. I've read the guidelines here and here, but I'm still not sure. [more inside]
posted by mekily on Jul 30, 2014 - 9 answers

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