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Nancy asks…

What do i need to cross the border from mexico into the US?

i was born in the US and i am a citizen and all that good stuff. I came to mexico for vacation with the famly for a week and i am goin back in a few days. i am walkin across the border, what will i need to get back into the US?
so i have a copy of my birth certificate, my drivers license, and my school ID. i sohuldnt be worried? and will i need to pay customs or nething on a bottle of tequila i am bringing back with me

Tijuana answers:

A state-issued Identification card, birth certificate or a US passport. The passport when travelling by land will be required 1 January 2008.

Beginning January 23, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. Citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable.

As early as January 1, 2008, ALL persons, including U.S. Citizens, traveling between the U.S. And Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land or sea (including ferries), may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. While recent legislative changes permit a later deadline, the Departments of State and Homeland Security are working to meet all requirements as soon as possible. Ample advance notice will be provided to enable the public to obtain passports or passport cards for land/sea entries.

Ruth asks…

cuba or mexico for a november vacation?

Tijuana answers:

Mexico is nice but Cuba is by far the best, hands down. For one thing, the waters in Cuba are crystal clear turquoise with powdery white sand. The weather is just amazing. And Cuba is by far the safest island in the Caribbean (and is safer than Mexico).
But most of all, it is the Cuban friends you will make who themselves will make your vacation awesome. There is something beautiful and infectious about their zest for life no matter what comes their way. They are hardworking, generous and hospitable people who genuinely care about you, just because.
There is a different atmosphere in Cuba than in Mexico. Don’t misunderstand me though….Mexico is beautiful. I’ve been there and have friends there for many years…and one area I loved is Ixtapa…however, Cuba is one place I cannot stop returning to…and actually most people who go to Cuba always find themselves going back again and again.

I hope you can go visit Cuba…you will know what I mean. Check out the sites below and see what catches your eye. There is so much to see in Cuba…beautiful architectural history, both old and new…ecological tours, gorgeous clean beaches with water like you’ve never seen before. Really and truly, there aren’t many places with clean and clear water like that….the variety of food is excellent and fresh.

But if you choose to go to Cuba, make sure that you book a resort that is no less than a 4* to ensure quality of service, accomodation, food, etc…Sol Meliá is the most popular and excellent chain throughout Cuba (and in other countries) and Iberostar hotels are excellent too.

Have a wonderful trip wherever you choose.


Sandy asks…

Vacationing in Mexico?

I’m going to be in Mexico City for 5 days. What are some good places to visit and attractions to see? I’m planning on visiting at least 1 historical site a day.
What are some good sites to get everything I need to know about traveling to Mexico City and vacationing there?

Tijuana answers:

Lucky you! Mexico City is fantastic, especially if you like historical sites.

Here are a few things well worth doing:

– Visit the huge cathederal in the zocalo in the Centro Historico.

– Visit the national palace and see the Diego Riviera murals. The palace is in the zocalo, across the street from the Zocalo metro stop. Entry is free, but you need photographic ID to be allowed in.

– Visit the Palace of Arts. There is another brilliant collection of Diego Riviera murals there as well. Take the metro to Bellas Artes metro station.

– Visit the Aztec ruins in the zocalo. It’s one of the most important pre-Columbian sites in Mexico as it was considered by the Aztecs to be the centre of the universe.

– Visit the anthropology museum. About a 5 minute walk from Hidalgo metro station.

– Take a day trip out to Teotihuacan pyramids. Take the metro to station Autobuses del Norte. Follow signs to Terminal del Norte. Upon entering the station turn left and walk to the very end counter. By a bus ticket to “Los Pyramids”. Should cost $30 pesos. (You can arrange a tour to do this trip, but it’s much more expensive.)

– If you still have time, take a trip out to Xocimilco Canals. This is an amazing set of canals that the Aztecs built to allow them to channel water from the lake to grow their crops. It’s a great place to cruise around on a small boat in. To get there, take the Blue metro line to it’s final southern stop. Get off, follow the signs for the Tren Ligero (Tram). Take the Tren to the final stop (Xocimilco). Arrange a bicycle taxi to take you to the docks from there.

The metro is one of the best ways to get around Mexico City. It costs $2 pesos a ride and goes pretty much anywhere you would want to go. I recomend using it as often as you can instead of taxis. Just avoid it during rush hour and watch your pockets/bags as pickpocketing does happen.

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