We were considering driving to Belize. Is the trip through Mexico safe, mostly on Mexico 180 and 186?
I did it once last year, it was long an tiresome but never had any problems along the way. The wife back home was quite anxious and worried due to the crime situation in Mexico but all was fine. We are planning to do it together next time.
Driving through Mexico is much more complicated than just going through. I belive the route you picked would take you through Matamoras and the Mexico State of Tamaulipas. This is possibly the most dangerous border area. I would suggest crossing up river of Laredo. From reasearch, Eagle Pass is the safest and most reliable crossing in Texas.
You must acquire insurance to drive in Mexico as well.
Do no plan on stopping until Mexico city. While you definetly want to make sure your car is in good working order, don't drive anything too flashy that would draw attention. Only drive on the major highways and avoid driving at night.
If you take precautions, you'll be fine and you will really enjoy the scenery.
Thanks so much Roam and Holly. I will definitely take all your advice. I don't think we will go through Mexico City but we will find a populated lighted area to stop. Also I didn't know I needed additional insurance. Thanks again!
Yes Insurance and a temporary import permit for which you need to pay a deposit of:
$200usd if vehicle is 2000 or under
$300usd if vehicle year 2001 - 2006
$400usd if vehicle is 2007 or newer
I've done it tons of times over the years, but not lately, although I have friends drive cars down to sell often. They say to not drive at night, like mentioned above. You'll need more insurance for every country you visit.
Ugh, expensive! But still much less than flying for four people.
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