Driving in Mexico: Everything You Need to Know

Are you planning a trip to Mexico and wondering if you can rent a car and drive around? Then, you should read this informative post by Ted Campbell at No Hay Bronca blog!

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There’s no reason for a competent and experienced driver to be intimidated by driving in Mexico. In fact, driving around the country is an excellent option, especially with low prices for rental cars and an abundance of out-of-the-way destinations like colonial towns, national parks, and virgin beaches.

Sure, things are a little different here, but like anything else unfamiliar in Mexico, the main thing you need is patience. And a few tips.

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To Drive or Not?

Your budget is the first factor to consider for whether you drive in Mexico or not. Right now, all over the world, renting a car is super cheap, as low as 10 dollars a day. This means that despite toll highways and somewhat pricy gasoline (compared to the U.S.—it’s still lower than in Europe), renting a car may actually be cheaper than using public transportation, especially if you travel in a group or visit…

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How To Survive A Crazy Mexican Winter

How To Survive A Crazy Mexican Winter

It’s the middle of winter in Mexico City, it’s cold, and I hate it. Here’s why this is definitely my least favorite season!

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Hey, amigos. I’m sorry for my lack of enthusiasm, but I am freezing my butt off in the middle of a Mexican winter. How is that possible? I’m in Mexico! Well, if you think it’s always sunny and warm here, you are dead wrong. In fact, I have quite a few good reasons to hate the wintertime. Fortunately I’ve also come up with some great ways to cope with this dreary season!

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The Best Way To End The Mexican Holiday Season

The Best Way To End The Mexican Holiday Season

In Mexico, the holiday season isn’t over yet. There’s still one more holiday to celebrate, and it’s Three King’s Day!

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Hola, amigos! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, full of peace, love, and joy. Sadly for you, the holidays are long gone. But for all of us lucky people living in Mexico, there is yet another holiday to celebrate- El Día de Reyes, or the Three Kings’ Day. Would you like to join in the fun?

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10 Jolly Secrets You Didn’t Know About Mexican Christmas

10 Jolly Secrets You Didn’t Know About Mexican Christmas

I love to celebrate Christmas in Mexico! There are so many wonderful traditions here that I wouldn’t like to be anywhere else this time of year.

My Heart of Mexico

Hola, amigos! The countdown to Christmas has begun, and Mexico is no exception. In fact, Mexicans start celebrating the holidays long before anyone else does. What can I say? We love a good party! And to make the holidays even merrier, in Mexico we have certain traditions that give this time of year a very special touch. These are some of them.

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12 Awesome Reasons Why I Love Turning 40

12 Awesome Reasons Why I Love Turning 40

Hey, amigos! I’m turning 41 this week, and I very happy about it. It’s always great to know I’ve lived another year. I wrote this post last year when I turned 40, and these lessons still stand true today. Happy birthday to me!

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Hola, amigos! Guess what? I just celebrated my 40th birthday. Whoa! Yes, I’m not kidding. Am I freaking out? No, not really. When I was 20 years old, the thought of turning 40 terrified me, but now I think this is the best age there is. And honestly, I’m not just trying to make myself feel better. You see, at this age, I’ve come to feel proud of everything I’ve learned and accomplished, which is a lot. I have plenty of reasons to celebrate! These are just some of them.

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A Special Reason Why I Celebrate Thanksgiving in Mexico

A Special Reason Why I Celebrate Thanksgiving in Mexico

Happy Thanksgiving, amigos! I’m Mexican, and although Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday in Mexico, I still celebrate it and hope to pass on the tradition to my children. This post explains why.

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Hola, amigos! I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, this is not a holiday in Mexico, so technically this is a normal, ordinary Thursday for me. However, Thanksgiving holds a very special meaning for me and my family. Let me tell you why…

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The best experience of my life in Mexico

The best experience of my life in Mexico

For Dalilah, spending a summer in Mexico was life-changing. She says, “I no longer looked at Mexico through the stereotypes I grew up with. I looked at Mexico for what it really is- a beautiful country of people with similar goals and aspirations as us Americans.” Please take a moment to watch her inspiring video!

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How To Celebrate The Mexican Day Of The Dead

How To Celebrate The Mexican Day Of The Dead

The Day of the Dead starts today! Join in this Mexican celebration of life. Here’s all about what to do on this day and how to set up your own altar offering. Have a wonderful Day of the Dead celebration!

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Hola, amigos! Here in Mexico, it’s time to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Perhaps this sounds scary to you, but it’s really a very family-friendly holiday. Would you like to know what all the fuss is about?  Keep reading!

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The Day of the Dead in Mexico: What’s it all about?

Happy Halloween! Here in Mexico, we’re getting ready to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Read what it’s all about in this post by Ted Campbell at No Hay Bronca blog.

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In Mexico, a country full of color, tradition and flavor, the Day of the Dead stands out as especially colorful, traditional and flavorful. Rooted in Pre-Hispanic practice and caught up in the trick-or-treat influence of Halloween, the holiday is a chance to honor deceased relatives with an altar in the home, dress up as an elegant skeleton, and sample the best of Mexico’s artesanal candy.

The Day of the Dead takes place on November 2, but it’s celebrated several days or even several weeks before, especially when there’s a long weekend like this year. While it’s one of the most public holidays in Mexico, in many ways it’s also the most personal. Besides costumes and outdoor events (more on those below), perhaps the most interesting part of the holiday is that people visit the cemetery where their loved ones are buried.

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Day of the Dead altars for novice spirits

Day of the Dead altars for novice spirits

On this upcoming Day of the Dead in Mexico, the recently deceased will get a special altar to welcome them when they arrive on All Soul’s Day. Take a look at this beautiful post at Creative Hands of Mexico blog.

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The most important element of Day of the Dead in Mexico is the setting up of an altar (literally “offering” (ofrenda)) to honor the dead. In homes all over Mexico, these altars are of a personal nature, featuring loved ones who have passed on. Common elements include marigold flowers (which bloom at this time of the year), religious images, food offerings and very often, photographs.

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The purpose of the altars is to make a connection with the departed loved ones, as Day of the Dead has roots in pre Hispanic beliefs, which included the return of the dead once a year to visit the living. Hence Day of the Dead is not a somber or frightening occasion, but almost a happy one, a chance to relive memories.

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