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Old 12-05-2007, 12:24 PM
 
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I will be traveling to Progreso this weekend and I need to know what all I need to go into Mexico. I am planning on walking over and leaving my car in Texas. How safe is Progreso? I speak no Spanish and have never been to Mexico. Any ideas on places to go and not to go would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:05 PM
 
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I am confused I thought Progreso was too far south to "walk" to. But I found this website and it states different: Nuevo Progreso

Just where from Texas do you cross?
Personally, with everything going on in Mexico I would not go there. But I am a white girl so maybe I am just scared The people I work with go to Mexico all the time. Maybe I have just been watching too much Glen Beck

Sorry I couldn't help you more but I thought the website was neat. Good luck and let us know how your trip goes.
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Old 12-05-2007, 03:07 PM
 
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Bring a passport or you won't be coming back.
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Old 12-05-2007, 03:57 PM
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You can go about 3 blocks in safely, at least last time I was there. I wouldn't recommend any deeper than that. The food at Arturo's is good, Garcia's not so good. You don't really need Spanish, it's amazing what can transpire with sign language, and you probably know more Spanish than you think anyway. Be careful if you plan on bringing any drugs back. It's hit or miss coming back in as far as them checking you. You do need to make sure you pay your liquor tax, though. Make sure you leave a dollar on the wall at the little bar about a block and a half in--he's got really cold Tecate, and the wall is plastered with dollars that people have left with their names on. I've got a couple hanging myself.

Have fun--oh, and traffic laws? hahahahahhahaahha Watch yourself crossing the street!
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Old 12-05-2007, 04:35 PM
 
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Progreso is actually down near the Yacatan, so I think you are talking about somewhere closer to the boarder. Just be sure to take proof of Amercian Citizenship...and when we took our ASIAN girls to Mexico for some Christmas shopping one year, they REALLY were not happy that all we had were their Military ID cards to prove they were US Citizens. So if you have passports, I would sure take them even if they are not actually required until 8 Jan 08.
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Old 12-05-2007, 04:45 PM
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The Progresso I've been to is down near McAllen. That's the one I referenced in my post anyway.

And if that's the Progresso you're talking about, all you need to get in is a quarter or so, plus whatever you feel like giving the little beggar kids as you go across. And my cell phone worked over there, but it was about $3 a minute with T-Mobile.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:01 PM
 
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Progreso is just south of Weslaco, east of McAllen, and is probably the border town where you'd be least likely to run into trouble. It is basically a one-street town that does nothing but cater to gringos and tries to stay out of the news. Go early though - it shuts down at 7pm. It's easiest to park on the US side for $1.50 and walk across the river.

And no you DON'T need a passport to cross, last time I was coming back from Mexico (=Sunday) they just wanted my license. Now starting next February per the DHS website you will need take an official photo ID (driver's license) plus proof of citizenship such as a certified birth certificate. Of course they'd love you to have a passport but it will not be required in the immediate future.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:11 PM
 
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Why not just get a passport? It's going to be required soon anyway, and it's so useful to have.

I can't imagine not having one. We got DD's when she was 6 weeks old.
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:31 PM
 
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I would also add that the passport office is backed up by six months. If you think you are going to need a passport anytime in 08, order it sooner rather than later.

I really think that everyone should have a passport. Even if it just sits in a safe or a safe deposit box, having another form of ID is always important, especially if your ID gets stolen.
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:24 PM
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I would also add that the passport office is backed up by six months.
That was true around the first of the year for summer travel, but the current backlog is 4-6 weeks.

Passport Application Processing Time (http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/processing/processing_1740.html - broken link)
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