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“Wanted to like, but disapointed”
Review of Nogales Mall

Nogales Mall
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Nogales
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Interesting to see once, people friendly but agressive in desiring to have you see their merchandise and get a sale. The sidewalk conditions range from ok to almost non-exsistant to various steps place seemingly randomly. Walking into Mexico there is like simply walking across the street, no document checks, no police or goverment representatives. Spent about 2 hours checking out some shops, pharmacies and ended up spending about 60.00 on what a felt was a pretty good deal on some jewelry items. I was glad to walk back across the border having visited. Entering the US can sometimes mean a bit of a wait in line, but when we crossed, there was none and a passport swipe is all that took place.

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Reviewed 23 January 2012

I read several articles on Nogales Mexico, and not having traveled there for a few years, I was unsettled about whether to go on a recent trip to Tucson. I was told not to for safety reason, by two different businesses telling me to go to Tubac instead. Years ago I noted that Tubac while pretty was considerably higher in prices although you would find much of the same and a wide variety of quality goods.

I placed my review on the Nogales Mall part as it was not possible to find a way to review the City in general. I would recommend going *during the day*, and just accompanied by someone. There were police everywhere. I do mean that. I am sure in our 8 block walk I saw more than one dozen. We also saw a patrol of police driving around with two guys in the back with rifles. They slowed down when they saw us and waved. I was glad to see the strong presence of law enforcement.

I didn't see any children begging. There were a couple of women selling small trinkets and one told me in spanish that she has children and has to play for their schooling. One in our group felt sorry for her and put a dollar in her tray, but she didn't want a handout, she insisted he pick out a bracelet. We also saw a man clearly blind and our friend gave him a dollar also. One has to determine personally how they should handle such things.

I recommend heading to the small jewelry type stores. There was one South of La Roca restaurant about 2-3 blocks east of it. A middle aged lady with light hair owned the store. There is a parrot in the back of the shop. I really wish I could have bought from her as hers was the very best store. She had a plethora of leather goods, jackets, jewelry of all kinds, pottery, ceramic and copper vessels and sinks. She told me that her business was terrible now. She offered to sell me my pick of 20" 925 sterling necklaces at $15 a pc.
I knew from years ago, if you see something you like, don't leave thinking you'll come back or get it cheaper elsewhere. It never works. Just buy it. I didn't do that, and I'm sorry about it now. There are less shops open these days with the reduction in tourism.

The people of Nogales are very very friendly and welcoming and they are just starving for business in those shops so the first price mentioned is actually a really good deal these days....

I found it to be an unforgettable lovely experience. I hope more travelers will go there and enjoy the food, the culture and the hospitality of these people. I went to La Roca this time because I have always gone to El Greco's and wanted to check out La Roca. We had tacos (lettuce and tomato), lots of sour creme on our chimis and enchiladas, and guacamole. No problem for anyone, and I noticed walking by the kitchen that the waiters actaully had masks and gloves on.

Enjoy Mexico. Just plan on leaving by 3pm or so. Use normal common sense. The shop merchants are delightful. The food is excellent. Stay on the regular streets, get directions from locals when you are turned around, and just be pleasant and respectful. They welcome American tourists, and you will be glad you did.

21  Thank Kat-thryn
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Reviewed 28 October 2006

You must go ; the name is FUN on the Nogales Mall

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Reviewed 15 February 2017
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Reviewed 14 February 2017
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