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Old 01-02-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Back in Dallas Texas where I belong!
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Hi all, I'm going here soon with a friend from the 4th grade! I'm so excited. I was near hear early last year on a cruise so I know about the ruins, any other suggestions of must/see/do/try while there???

Also, I read all the stuff about Mexico being unsafe, is this a little better not being close to the border? I never felt unsafe last year but I was with the cruise tour so that helped!

Thx!
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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There is a large expat American community in Progreso, the port that serves Merida. It's the hottest climate in Mexico. No reason to think there is any danger there, but be cautions for petty crime like pickpocketing at the archaeological sites and other places where tourists gather.
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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The authoritative source of travel warnings is the U.S. Department of State. This is their most recent warning about travelling in Mexico. It gives lots of detailed information.
MIG: Mexico Travel Alert (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html - broken link)

Here is additional info regarding the State Dept.'s warnings about travel in Mexico. You might especially be interested in the section "Crime and Violence Throughout Mexico":
Mexico Travel Warning in Perspective

Great background info about D.O.S. Travel Warnings in general, and what to do about them:
Travel Warnings and Advisories
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:56 AM
 
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Merida is a very safe city for tourism, dont worry...
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Old 01-21-2009, 04:23 PM
 
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Default good suggestions

hey,

if there is one thing i won't miss it is Chichen Itza which is a large pre-Columbian archeological site built by the Maya civilization. The site contains many fine stone buildings in various states of preservation, you shhould check it out. and if you want some more info go to TrekCafe Travel Guide - Mexico there are some good advises there
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Louisiana / Merida Mexico
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Hi All,
Just to let you know, I have been working in Mexico for around 9 years now. Just this pass year I have found someone special to me and we should be married soon. She lives in Merida, and I am still trying to find out just how I go about getting permision to stay here for good. I have had not one problem in Merida and feel very safe walking the streets alone at night. Merida is a beautiful city and I think everyone that can come, should check it out.

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Old 01-27-2009, 04:35 PM
 
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Default Merida

I live in Merida and can tell you it is extremely safe. The city has so much to do that you con't have time to do anything twice.
It is a modern city of about 1 million peopel and many Mexicans and foreigners chose to live here due to the low cost of living and lots of ammenties. There are ruins all around the city. Have fun!
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Back in Dallas Texas where I belong!
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Thanks! I took my kids to the Dzbitulahn (I know I spelled that ALL wrong) ruins last year on a cruise excursion, we loved it! I didn't realize Merida had so many people! I hope I don't get lost!!
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Back in Dallas Texas where I belong!
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I am back with another question. One of my friends went and got pesos ... when I came to Progreso I just used US Cash, is there any reason to convert my money?
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:53 AM
 
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Yes, because now the dollar is stronger than peso... 14 pesos = 1 dolllar, if you dont change your currency, you will be paying more for services...

Just change a little amount every day and you will be fine...

Regards...
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