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Sandra asks…

tijuana mexico?

Im going to tijuana mexico for my easter break for habitat for humanity but im going be be sleeping outside so i was wondering what are the chances i will get by something and what is there to be bitten by down there?

Tijuana answers:

Tijuana is not the safest place to visit right now; in fact, the U.S. Govt has a travel alert for Mexico. There is a drug war going on between the government and drug traffickers as well as corrupt cops, and there have been daily killings, kidnappings, carjackings, robberies, and more throughout Baja California, mainly in Tijuana and Rosarito. The federales and the Mexican army are patrolling the streets in full force, which will probably help in the long run, but in the short term it means that the ‘bad guys’ are pissed off and fighting back.

I would honestly be surprised if Habitat for Humanity didn’t cancel the trip. It’s just not a very safe place to be right now, whether one is Mexican or American or anything else.

The U.S. Govt travel alert for Mexico is at:
http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html

James asks…

Bus Service in Baja California de Sur?

is there any bus service that goes from La Paz Baja California De Sur to Tijuana? Has anyone traveled between these places frequently?

Tijuana answers:

I know of two coach buses that travel down to the tip of Baja California Sur from Tijuana and San Ysidro. You can contact Tres Estrellas de Oro below, or go to their San Ysidro office. I know they also make a stop at la camionera central along with ABC (Autotransportes de Baja California). You can also see the ABC depot right after you cross the Tijuana border at the traffic circle where the twin building with mirrored windows are (Calle la frontera y la amistad). There’s also a third bus service that is
not so common and have included their information below.

Helen asks…

Has anyone visited Baja California ?

What is a good way to travel there ?

Tijuana answers:

The Baja California peninsula is one of the most popular US tourist destinations. Baja California is the northern state and the rugged Pacific coast is easily accessable from the San Diego border areas by car or bus. Bus service in Baja is far superior to that you expect in the US – no goats and chickens to be sure. Tijuana even has flights to the Orient. San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez is also a very popular destination.

Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of the peninsula is probably the most famous tourist destination welcoming 30-40,000 visitors a week. Flights from international origin land in Cabo every 15 minutes.

It is a two day+ drive the full length of the peninsula from the border. When driving in Mx expect military check points about every two hours in your drive. Hwy 1 is a two lane road for about 90% of the drive with 4 lane now complete in some urban areas. There have been no reports of highway bandits in YEARS.

La Paz is the capital of Baja Sur and is a very popular eco-travel desitnation. La Paz flights are far fewer, coming from just Mexico City and Los Angeles. La Paz is one of the weathiest cities in Mexico per capita and has a population of nearly 300K. It is also one of the safest cities in Mx.

Loreto is a much smaller community but also trying to orient itself in the eco-tourism industry.

A Mexican tourist visa is REQUIRED south of Ensenada and what is called the border tourist zone. A fine of $50 can be added to the $20 fee if you don’t have a visa. To return to the US you must have a valid US passport. (There are a few other acceptable documents, see the US Department of State site for details of these rare special cases)

Most of the drug related violence in Mexico originates from Cuildad Juarez, on the other side of the country. Drug violence in Tijuana has been dramtically stemmed and has not involved tourists. Baja California Sur is one of the safest states in Mx and safer than almost all US states. The violence threat to tourists is extremely minimal.

Baja has been hurting since the previous adminstrations Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative which should be called the ANTI-travel initiative, requiring passports to re-enter the US. Only about 30% of US citizens hold vailid passports. For more thn 1500 pages of Baja Information see our website

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