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Old 05-11-2017, 01:59 PM   #241
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

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I hate to lose to much money in American Dollars, so My question is about what do you think is a good amout of Pecos needed on a daily basis, and I assume that the places we will be staying at on the extended ride will take a credit card?
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Pull cash at a mexican ATM. Keep leftover cash at trip's end for start of next trip. No interruptions, no drama, just diminished value each trip due to exchange rate favoring the dollar.

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**Call your cc company and tell them you'll be in Mexico and to open int'l charges. Set a low, reasonable daily atm limit ($250) in case of theft.***

Pull cash at a mexican ATM. You'll get published exchange rates with a $5 - 8 or so fee. Pull $250. That'll get you 4715 pesos at current rate of ~18.5 : 1

Hotel is 360 per night single. 540 / 2 double IIRC or $270 PP. They only take cash. Max hotel is 3 * 360 = 1080. 3635 pesos / $195 USD remaining. That should way more than enough for gas, food, beer, drinks, snacks, and some memorabilia purchases. I usually walk away spending under $200.00 USD in total and I don't pinch pesos while in country.

Everyone is usually running out of pesos on the last day. If you have surplus, just trade it with a friend. If you run out most restaurants, servers, cashiers, and friendly town folk will exchange it for you on the spot, but you'll get like 16 or 17 to 1.

Any peso you don't spend expect to take a 5 - 7% hit if you exchange it back at a US side border "casa de cambio" (house of change, basically).

At chase bank they will accept pesos for deposit. I'm assuming most other banks do to. They give you published rate or very close to it so you won't eat up any cash going this route.

Basically, assume $10 will be spent per $250 exchanged. On average, 5% of your money vanishes. But...what you can buy with your pesos is pretty darn unbelievable.

Clarion's impressively cheap rate of $63 per night seems like a bargain for US travelers. then you get hit with the Magdelena bill of $1080 pesos. Sounds like a lot, but that is ~$58 for 3 night stay on the plaza in Mexico. Monopoly money almost!

***Credit cards are accepted at the visa / permit office but the name on the card must match your ID/ Passport. Business cards without your name MAY not be accepted.***
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

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I hate to lose to much money in American Dollars, so My question is about what do you think is a good amout of Pecos needed on a daily basis, and I assume that the places we will be staying at on the extended ride will take a credit card?
Take this for what it's worth because my experience is very limited. Others may weigh in with different experiences.

I don't know what you mean about losing money in dollars. You can always change whatever you don't use back to dollars. I prefer to keep them as a reminder that I need to go back and spend 'em.

I took about $100 per day and that was more than adequate for lodging, food, and gas.
I wouldn't count on using a credit card for much of anything while down there.
There is a bank across the street from the motel in Galeana, but their open hours are prime riding hours and I can't remember if they're open weekends. There's an ATM at the bank. I think it's accessible 24x7 but not sure. I do know that it wouldn't work with my card while I was there. Make sure you notify your card issuer that you're going to be in Mexico before you leave. (That wasn't the problem with mine; it just wouldn't work)

I think you might be able to use a card for purchases at the little grocery store beside the motel but I never tried.

Other than the above examples, I don't think any of the purchases I made (restaurants, ice cream, snacks, ice cream, soda, repair parts, ice cream, water, water infused with barley and hops, ice cream, etc.) would have been possible without cash in hand.

just my 38 centavos worth. YMMV
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Old 05-11-2017, 02:48 PM   #243
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Carry the Peso....leave the CC in your wallet for when your drunk 🤛.
Looks like a good time to me ! See if I'm in one piece after the summer and I may be in ! Reserve me a t-shirt Peter. You know thats the only thing in this world I ride for
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Old 05-11-2017, 06:10 PM   #244
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Pecos? We going to West Texas?

Not sure what you mean about "...hate to lose too much money..."? Gambling problem?

They have ATM's (along with full-fledged banks, gas stations, grocery stores, toothpaste, toilet paper, hotels, WiFi, real Coca Cola, etc.) all over Mexico . There are even cambios at the border so you can convert any unused pesos back to US$ on the return. I take a couple of hundred dollars to buy pesos at the border, then get more when needed, then sell back any I don't use. If that's "losing money", it's just the cost of doing business outside of the USA!

This is a blog, after all, but teasing aside, YMMV re food and drink.
That's an awesome answer...

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Short answer:

Pull cash at a mexican ATM. Keep leftover cash at trip's end for start of next trip. No interruptions, no drama, just diminished value each trip due to exchange rate favoring the dollar.

Long answer / clarification:

**Call your cc company and tell them you'll be in Mexico and to open int'l charges. Set a low, reasonable daily atm limit ($250) in case of theft.***

Pull cash at a mexican ATM. You'll get published exchange rates with a $5 - 8 or so fee. Pull $250. That'll get you 4715 pesos at current rate of ~18.5 : 1

Hotel is 360 per night single. 540 / 2 double IIRC or $270 PP. They only take cash. Max hotel is 3 * 360 = 1080. 3635 pesos / $195 USD remaining. That should way more than enough for gas, food, beer, drinks, snacks, and some memorabilia purchases. I usually walk away spending under $200.00 USD in total and I don't pinch pesos while in country.

Everyone is usually running out of pesos on the last day. If you have surplus, just trade it with a friend. If you run out most restaurants, servers, cashiers, and friendly town folk will exchange it for you on the spot, but you'll get like 16 or 17 to 1.

Any peso you don't spend expect to take a 5 - 7% hit if you exchange it back at a US side border "casa de cambio" (house of change, basically).

At chase bank they will accept pesos for deposit. I'm assuming most other banks do to. They give you published rate or very close to it so you won't eat up any cash going this route.

Basically, assume $10 will be spent per $250 exchanged. On average, 5% of your money vanishes. But...what you can buy with your pesos is pretty darn unbelievable.

Clarion's impressively cheap rate of $63 per night seems like a bargain for US travelers. then you get hit with the Magdelena bill of $1080 pesos. Sounds like a lot, but that is ~$58 for 3 night stay on the plaza in Mexico. Monopoly money almost!

***Credit cards are accepted at the visa / permit office but the name on the card must match your ID/ Passport. Business cards without your name MAY not be accepted.***
Thanks Shadman!!
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Old 05-11-2017, 08:42 PM   #246
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Warren E, Wegger.

Refund sent, I will not take your money.














Why? Your trip is free!!! Many thanks for the GA ticket to MotoGP. Standup selfless guy! I'm excited to have you along.

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just my 38 centavos worth....
2 cents, haha, awesome!
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Old 05-11-2017, 09:50 PM   #248
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

If you are counting on using the ATMs there, which is the best exchange rate as previously noted, you might want to have a backup card from a different bank. On the second to last day of our ride last month, my bank "went offline" or something and my card quit working. Wasted an hour running around to 3 other ATMs in a big city to no avail. Luckily Patrick and I hadn't gone different directions yet and I was able to give him US $ to pull some more pesos. With two nights and lots of toll roads left I'd have been hosed had I gone with my original plan...but there was another waterfall to be jumped off of...

OXXOs generally take credit cards from anywhere, and there is one in Galeana on the square, but don't plan on using them anywhere else in any small town or nearly any Pemex.

The hotels in Real de Catorce and Xilitla wouldn't take them a coupe weeks ago - so that's where we had to unload a lot of pesos. Not sure what the rates in R14 will be around halloween, but it's a tourist town, so might plan accordingly.

Oh, and 200 pesos isn't enough of a reason to go back. If you come home with a couple thousand, you HAVE to go back and fast before it loses value.
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Man, that's over the top, thanks! I'm excited too, and I'm really looking forward to another trip to Mexico. I've got a couple hundred pesos left over from my last trip stuck to the refrigerator door to keep me focused.

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Old 05-11-2017, 11:21 PM   #250
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Mis amigos, nos vemos en octubre en Galeana, estare alli con ustedes disfrutando las calles de tereseria, el buen ambiente y la compania de muchachos locos con un destino de pasar un tiempo a toda madre. Viva Mektrek 2017 !!
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Hey all, in addition to Peter's suggestion of Google Maps offline map downloads, I can recommend another app as a back up.

MAPS.ME is a standalone app for iOS and android that allows you to permanently download Maps for any area limited only by free space on your phone.

The maps are open source and free to download, and will stay on your phone until you delete them. It also offers searching, hotels, restaurants, highways and even dirt roads, does auto routing with voice command navigation too. Not as detailed as Google but pretty **** slick anyway.

My main nav is my Garmin276c, but the latest maps available for it are from 2013, so Google maps and Maps.me are really useful for planning and verification of a route, or when you need guidance and the Garmin maps don't show enough.

I did not have a data plan for my phone on the last trip to Mexico over Christmas so I did most of my basic route planning here at home, local route planning in Mexico on Google with Wi-Fi, and back up navigation out in the boonies with maps.me.

Hope this helps!

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I did not have a data plan for my phone on the last trip to Mexico over Christmas....
I found out last year that most phone companies have free service in Mexico. Sprint, if you have a late model smartphone (Ios or Android), offers free calling and unlimited text messaging in Mexico on a plan called Sprint One World. You have to call to set it up before you go, but it is free. You get 1 GB of data per month.

Of course in Mexico every place you go has free wifi for patrons. Normal people in Mexico can't afford a data or talk plan so they use wifi with google / skype / watsapp for free.

Good suggestions on mapping Warren. But, in my opinion, Mexico is most fun using a paper topographical map and talking to locals, LOL.
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Also cricket has free text n calls to mex, n d skype in most towns works great, n make paper copies of all d sections u will b travelin which to galeana is 3 tops mayb n tapem up so they waterproof n carry d one u need in a pocket easily accessible n part of d adv is askin for directions u talk to locals n practice ur spanish, there is a twt guy who wont b mentioned by name but earlier this yr went over a cliff cuz of lookin at his gps, stop n ck instead mayb
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That's an awesome answer...

edited cause we all love each other, and Centex has been with us in Mexico. (Shadman)
My apologies to both Centex and Shadman for a weak attempt at humor. I should know better that joking doesn't often come across in e-mail or blog.
I was laughing originally because I asked the same question a few years ago on ADVRider and got laughed off the thread!

Anyway, I apologize again for having to be policed and edited.
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...Sprint,...offers free calling and unlimited text messaging in Mexico on a plan called Sprint One World. You have to call to set it up before you go, but it is free. You get 1 GB of data per month...
Just note that if you go over 1GB of high speed data they will bill you $15 for each additional GB. However to avoid that you can call and switch plan before going over 1GB. Their Global Roaming plan gives you unlimited 2G/3G data and texts but calls are billed 20 cents a minute. Let calls roll into your Voicemail app to listen and callback, text or message as required. This is also a worldwide plan while the Open World plan is only for Latin America.

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Hey Guys,

Long time no ride. In fact, my last adventure ride was MexTrek in October 2009...

I'm still not riding, but I talked to The Trail Boss himself, and I plan on attending MexTrek this year, but in my truck with the goal of doing some video work to help promote Texas Adventure.

I hope to work with a few riders to do some daily runs for footage and I can run the sweep on daily rides and carry extra fuel. Of course, I know everyone tends to be rather self-sufficient, but my truck will be available to haul in or out bikes/riders/gear. I may also consider pulling my trailer.



There is also high chance I can get a story published in the OutdoorX4 Magazine that I frequently write for (Richard, we can discuss this option further).

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Trailers are sometimes problematic. I'd suggest talking to JT or one of the others that goes down there a bunch. a hitch rack could be a real benefit and easier to get in and out of the country.
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