Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-10-2018, 10:47 PM   #1
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Ontario
Posts: 18
Default Travel in Baja Peninsula or Chihuahua State

I've dreamed for years of touring Mexico's Copper Canyon in Chihuahua State.
My wife is nervous about travel in northern Mexico. Has anyone any experience to share? Or alternately, about Baja Peninsula?
__________________

Craig.Evans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 09:50 PM   #2
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: CA
Posts: 1,230
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Craig.Evans View Post
I've dreamed for years of touring Mexico's Copper Canyon in Chihuahua State.
My wife is nervous about travel in northern Mexico. Has anyone any experience to share? Or alternately, about Baja Peninsula?
I have no idea whether these areas intersect your proposed itinerary but IMO, Mexico in general is not the safe country it used to be for travel and tourism.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/201...iraq/23330780/
__________________

cruising7388 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 11:05 PM   #3
Silver Member
 
kite_rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: OR
Posts: 73
Default

I've been to the copper canyon twice in my VW Westfalia. Once to Creel for a mt bike trip and another trip down to Batopilas for X-mas. Both trips were a long time ago (late '90's...). Had a blast and encountered no troubles at all.

More recently I've been travelling to Baja in my newer VW Eurovan camper. Last year I went from Brownsville, TX to Mazatlan, Mexico. Then spent a few weeks hitting many of the surf spots down to Puerto Vallarta. On the way back I took the ferry from Mazatlan to La Paz (Baja) and worked my way back up to San Diego. Then took another trip in the fall to some remote surf spots outside of El Rosario. Many other trips around Baja before that too.

Anway, if you go; you will find tons of Americans and Canadians who also drive down there. It's not the same as the US, and you need to be careful and use common sense. But it's certainly doable and a lot of fun in my opinion.
__________________
__________________________________________
2017 Carado (Hymer) Axion. 136" HT Promaster V6 Gas.
Previous: 02 VW Eurovan Camper, 99 Eurovan Camper, 86 VW Westfalia Full Camper, 82 VW Westfalia Full Camper (All VW's well used and sold at a PROFIT!)
kite_rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 11:58 PM   #4
Platinum Member
 
peppster66's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Brampton,Ontario
Posts: 184
Default

Is it correct that you need to purchase separate car insurance for travelling into Mexico?
peppster66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2018, 12:27 AM   #5
Silver Member
 
kite_rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: OR
Posts: 73
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by peppster66 View Post
Is it correct that you need to purchase separate car insurance for travelling into Mexico?
Yep.. I've been buying 'full coverage' for my van and a utility trailer that I tow. US coverage doesn't carry over to Mexico. Thankfully, I've never needed to file a claim. However, I had a fairly severe breakdown in a narrow rocky arroyo way off the highway and needed a flatbed tow truck to get it out. The towing worked out to around $80 and I think I could have made a claim for it in retrospect.

In the end, I was happy to get it all sorted out fairly quickly and didn't think about insurance coverage until after I was already home.

I switched insurance companies when I bought a new van and my new Progressive policy claims to offer Mexican coverage. The fine print tells me that I still need a valid liability policy, but they will cover the collision and comprehensive issues. I was pretty happy about that!
__________________
__________________________________________
2017 Carado (Hymer) Axion. 136" HT Promaster V6 Gas.
Previous: 02 VW Eurovan Camper, 99 Eurovan Camper, 86 VW Westfalia Full Camper, 82 VW Westfalia Full Camper (All VW's well used and sold at a PROFIT!)
kite_rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2018, 01:25 AM   #6
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: California
Posts: 272
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Craig.Evans View Post
I've dreamed for years of touring Mexico's Copper Canyon in Chihuahua State.
My wife is nervous about travel in northern Mexico. Has anyone any experience to share? Or alternately, about Baja Peninsula?
Here is a video of a group that made the trip recently. Much of what they share is current and accurate.



I have only traveled during the day and have a semi-elaborate process of making sure we are safe on the main highways and that our real-time locations are being monitored by others.

We have just completed the construction of a home near Cabo and follow the best practices you find when staying in areas where things are not 100% safe.

Be vigilant but not paranoid. Establish a set a routine places to go and network of services should you need them.
ClassB4Me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2018, 09:23 PM   #7
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Central Arizona, HiDesert & Mountains
Posts: 276
Default

Baja, definitely! Smaller group - best. Try to go w/someone who's been there before. A little Spanish is helpful. Don't drink the water. Don't drive at night! Always be kind & courteous - we are guests in Their country.
Passport, Mex.liability ins. & vehicle permit required - maybe tourist visa too.
Definitely go & spend money. Be smart, stay safe have fun.
AZ ADVenturist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2018, 10:41 PM   #8
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Alberta
Posts: 1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Craig.Evans View Post
I've dreamed for years of touring Mexico's Copper Canyon in Chihuahua State.
My wife is nervous about travel in northern Mexico. Has anyone any experience to share? Or alternately, about Baja Peninsula?
We drive down to Guadalajara from Canada every year for 5 years for the winter. We have been through both Baja (go through Tecate) and down through Nogales (Arizona) in Sonora
We are more concerned with potential violence from gun toting lower 48 citizens than any Mexicans we have come across. Common sense is your best defence where ever you travel!
Mikem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2018, 04:38 PM   #9
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Arizona
Posts: 39
Default

Craig, if traveling in a diesel van (Merc-Benz Sprinter), be aware that the diesel fuel available in most of Mexico is not the same grade as in the US and Canada.
__________________
2010 LTV Free Spirit
1989 VW Westfalia
NAZCamperVan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2018, 08:16 PM   #10
BBQ
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: East
Posts: 2,315
Default

.

What year is your Adventurous?

If you have a T1N Sprinter (pre 2006),
you might be ok.

The new Sprinter with the new emission system (DEF) is definitely a no-go.
__________________

__________________
BBQ is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 01:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.