Que hacer en Yucatan

Yucatán es por mucho un estado de gran importancia histórica y cultural para México, y no solo por sus raíces Mayas, la conquista española tuvo sus primeros cimientos aquí, desde catedrales que datan del año 1500, es decir, a tan solo unos años del descubrimiento de América por parte de Colon (si se quiere aceptar esa versión)  que además son construcciones erigidas con las mismas piedras que conformaran antiguas ciudades Mayas, aquí también es la cuna  del mestizaje entre españoles, mayas, caribes y africanos. La cultura, el arte, la gastronomía e incluso el acento con el que se habla en esta región dan fe de esto.

Como sucede en el resto de la Península de Yucatán, aquí encontraras de todo, playas, cenotes, ruinas mayas, ciudades coloniales y riquezas naturales.

Canal once ha propuesto una serie de atracciones que según los mismos yucatecos no te puedes perder, disfruta este video y planea tu visita.

 

Car Insurance in Mexico

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Tips on How to Shop for Mexican Auto Insurance

If you are planning a road trip to Mexico, acquiring quality Mexican auto insurance should be one of your top priorities. It is not much fun to think about having a car accident in Mexico, but it will be even less fun if you end up getting in an accident and you don’t have quality Mexican auto insurance to back you up.

A lot of folks assume that all Mexican auto insurance is basically the same, and rarely shop around for the best product. In fact, a lot of people buy their Mexican insurance at the border just minutes before they cross into Mexico. When purchased last minute at the border, most people do not even read about the insurance coverage they are buying. They often do not know anything about their insurance coverage unless they end up having an accident. After the accident, a lot of people realize just how limited some of the Mexican insurance products are.

This article will demonstrate how less than 10 minutes of pre-planning with your Mexican insurance shopping could save you thousands of dollars and spare you countless headaches in the event that you have to make an insurance claim while driving in Mexico.

Tip 1:

Plan ahead and buy your quality Mexican auto insurance Online – Purchase & Print before you leave for your trip!

There are a number of Online Mexican auto insurance websites, including Adventure Mexican Insurance Services www.mexadventure.com <http://www.mexadventure.com/> . Buying your Mexican insurance Online allows you to get an instant quote, and actually read about the coverage you are buying. Once you choose the Mexican insurance product that is best for your situation, you can then purchase & print your Mexican insurance policy directly off the website. The process takes about 5 minutes, and is similar to buying an airline ticket or making a hotel reservation online.

Shopping for Mexican insurance Online allows you to research the following questions:

Tip 2:

Are you allowed to repair your vehicle in the US or Canada?

– Will the Mexican insurance company allow you to repair your vehicle in the US or Canada?

Most people do not realize that some Mexican insurance companies actually require your vehicle to be fixed in Mexico! So even if you only have cosmetic damage to your vehicle (and the car is still drivable), you will still be required to leave your car in Mexico to be repaired. Unless you live in Mexico, most people would much rather drive their car back to their home in the US and get it repaired locally. Make sure to purchase a Mexican insurance policy that allows you to fix your vehicle in the country of your choice.

– If you are allowed to repair the car in the US, what labor rate will the Mexican insurance policy pay?

US hourly labor rates are much higher than most hourly labor rates in Mexico, so it is not uncommon for some Mexican insurance companies to only pay the Mexican hourly labor rate (as low as $20 per hour) for repairs made in the US . If this is a concern, www.mexadventure.com <http://www.mexadventure.com/> offers many policies that pay whatever the US labor rate is or up to $70 per hour US labor.

Tip 3:

Does the insurance include Legal Service?

Legal Service, which includes attorney fees, court costs, and bail, is one of the most important coverages that should be included with every Mexican auto insurance policy. In the event that there are serious injuries or fatalities, you will need an attorney to guide you through the Mexican court system. Without this coverage, you could spend days in a Mexican jail and pay thousands of dollars out of pocket. Adventure Mexican insurance Services includes Legal Service with every policy we sell. All ethical Mexican insurance providers should not make this coverage an option!

Tip 4:

Does the Mexican insurance include Medical Evacuation and Plane Tickets Home?

Most Mexican insurance policies do not include this type of coverage, but Adventure Mexican Insurance bundles this enhanced travel assistance into most of our Mexican auto insurance policies.

Medical Evacuation – Air or Land Ambulance – This coverage will coordinate and pay for air or land ambulance service in the event of serious illness or injury (it does not have to be vehicle related). A typical air medical evacuation costs between $10,000 to $20,000, so it makes financial sense and brings peace of mind to have this coverage. Adventure Mexican Insurance also includes this coverage for up to 4 people in your travel group – at no extra charge!

Plane Tickets Home – In the event that your car is stolen or is not drivable, this coverage will pay for you and possibly the rest of the people in your travel group to fly back to your home in the US or Canada. Most of the Adventure Mexican Insurance policies include this coverage for up to 4 people in your travel group – at no extra charge!

Tip 5:

Deductibles – Make sure you know exactly what your deductibles are.

Typically, Mexican auto insurance has two different deductibles.

Physical Damage Deductible: In most cases this is between $500 – $1,000. Most Mexican insurance offers deductibles that are based on a percentage of the vehicle’s value. The most common is 2% of the vehicle’s value with a minimum of $500. If your vehicle is valued over $25,000, then your physical damage deductible could start calculating over $500. In this case, you may want to consider products that offer Fixed Deductibles. Example: A Fixed Deductible for physical damage is locked at $500 no matter how expensive the vehicle’s value is.

Theft Deductible: In most cases this is between $1,000 – $1,500. Most Mexican insurance offers deductibles that are based on a percentage of the vehicle’s value. The most common theft deductible is 5% of the vehicle’s value with a minimum of $1,000. If your vehicle is valued over $20,000, then your theft deductible could start calculating over $1,000. In this case, you may want to consider products that offer Fixed Deductibles. Example: A Fixed Deductible for theft is locked at $1,000 no matter how expensive the vehicle’s value is.

There are some Mexican auto insurance products out there that have deductibles of over $2,500 – so make sure you know what you are getting! Adventure Mexican Insurance clearly displays all of our deductibles during our online quoting process.

This article probably won’t answer all of your questions about Mexican auto insurance, but if you follow these 5 tips, you will be able to make an educated decision when shopping for Mexican auto insurance. 5 minutes of researching your Mexican insurance choices on the internet can save you thousands of dollars and days if not months of frustration in the event of an insurance claim going sour.

 

This article is provided by Jeff Nordahl, President of Adventure Mexican Insurance Services.

People’s Guide

What to do in Merida

This year Merida celebrates its 470 anniversary, and it does it with all the glory of half a millennium of existence.

Conquered by Fernando de Montejo in 1542 just over twenty years after the discovery of the new world, the ancient name for this city was T´ho and it was after a very long period of war and occupation that finally fell under the invaders domain. There are no monuments in town due to the Spaniards used the ancient city stones to build many important buildings that are still standing to this day.You can feel the history trapped in their walls.

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Merida is one city of a kind, its people talks with a strong accent inherited from the ancient Maya language spoken in the region for centuries mixed with Spanish and in some amount other languages like Libanese, and Caribbean tongues. Food, art, and music are a wonderful collage from different influences due to the many different nationalities that migrated in the beginning of the past century, it was one of the richest cities in the world and almost an independent country of its own.

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Hanging out in Merida can be really fun, many restaurants, bars and coffee shops offer a variety of remedies for heat and hunger. Also in many of these options life music and some kind of dancing is always present as in all Latin America
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If you are stayng in Merida for a few days then you may want to plan an extense tour in and around Merida, Mayan ruins, cenotes, haciendas, museums, galleries and much more are awaiting.

Renting a car is probably the best way to move around as some of this places are outside of the city and you may want to go visit Chichen Itza, Progreso, Rio Lagartos and some other sites nearby. See some car rental options here

If you don’t want to rent a car that´s ok, must of the museums and important buildings are near each other for not more than a mile, you can find urban buses and taxis all over the downtown area or jump on one of the “calesas” a traditional horse-drawn carriage, but I recommend walking around, Merida is a very walker friendly city. There are several tour operators in town that can take you to the sites outside of the city.

Another good way to see Merida is taking the “Turibus” a very informative tour around town stopping in many of the important sites and parks, you can take the bus from several points in the city.

Paseo Montejo is by far the most important street in Merida, although the city was founded in 1542 it wasn’t till 1888 that Paseo Montejo was built to commemorate the founding of the City by Francisco de Montejo and it figures in travel books as the “Champs Elysees” of Merida and it is an excellent way to start your exploration of the city.
You can also try the free walking tours around Merida’s historic district at 9:30 am. Meeting point: information office at City Hall, Calle 62 between 61 and 63 on the Main Plaza.
In the evening, enjoy an outdoor concert with traditional “Vaquería” with Yucatecan dancing and dress at the Palacio Municipal on the main Plaza at 9 pm.

Every Tuesday night, weather permitting, there is live music and dancing at the Parque Santiago. In the little park in front of the church of the same name, the music and festivities begin about 8:30 pm. Parque Santiago is between Calle 57 and 59 and between Calle 70 and 72. 
Also at evening time you can listen to the traditional Yucatacan music with a “Trova Night” at the Olimpo at 9:00 pm.

You can also take the House and garden tour, tours meet at 9:45 am and feature 3 historic restored homes in the centro histórico of Mérida. Tours last about 2 1/2 hours. 200 pesos. Calle 53 No. 524 x 66 y 68, Tel. 924 8401. www.meridaenglishlibrary.com
Free activity in Mérida: Show at the Olimpo Cultural Center at 9 p.m.
 You can also take a horse and buggy ride from Calle 60 downtown up to Monument to the Flag on Paseo de Montejo


I also recommend the free serenade at Sta. Lucia Park, which is an open-air concert in downtown Mérida featuring Yucatecan dress, dance, music and folklore on Calle 60 and 55 at 9:00 pm. Continue on Calle 60 between 61 and 53 for Corazón de Mérida

if you can, visit the native markets, Pasaje Picheta or the best in the city La Casa de Artesanias with handcrafts from Yucatán made by Yucatecan artesans. Check out Mérida’s malls.
Evening: University serenade, main University building  on the corner of Calle 60 and 57, 9 p.m.
 Continue on Calle 60 between 61 and 53 for Corazón de Mérida

On a Saturday, evening time has 2 events, one at the end of Paseo de Montejo at Calle 47 called Fiesta Mexicana from 8:00 pm to midnight. The second event is downtown where you find the streets closed to traffic and restaurants with tables on the street and different music on every corner. This event is called Corazón de Mérida and it happens from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am.

Don’t forget to visit the handcraft
market Lucas  de Gálvez, it has  everything. Visit Mérida on Sunday – an outdoor handcraft market  and food festival on the Main  Plaza, and up Calle 60 to Hidalgo Park and Santa Lucia Park -streets are closed, live music 9 am – 9 pm.
 Continue on Calle 60 between 61 and 53 for Corazón de Mérida.

And if you like bike riding, every Sunday from 8 am to 12:30 pm more than 5 kilometers of roads in the city are closed off to traffic to allow bicycles free access.

Driving Mexico

Driving in Mexico is not as hard as they told you, mexicans drive, in general, the same way people drive in the rest of the world, but just as in the rest of the world, mexicans add some of the culture and tradition to it. So, to enjoy of the experience of driving through a vast variety of landscapes and visit magical little towns and places other way unreachable for the regular tourist, you may want to know a thing or two.

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If you are driving your own vehicle, you need to have the following documents ready before you cross the border: title or registration of your vehicle, a certified true copy of your birth certificate or passport, a major credit card and a valid driver’s license. All these must have the same name of the bearer of the documents. Yes, that means the driver. If the car belongs to your spouse or family member, you still can’t bring it with you to Mexico. Otherwise, get a notarized letter of permission from the bank, lien holder, rental agency or company that gave you the car. Expect to pay a $22 charge on your credit card after submitting your paperwork. When the immigration official hands you a car permit and a sticker, that means you can use your car to go around Mexico. But mind you, the permit is only valid for six months. When you return to the States, you will turn in the permit and sticker before the permit expires. Remember the car permit is different from your tourist visa in Mexico.

Mexconnect.com has put together a very practical and complete guide to drive around Mexico, this guide includes rules and regulations. Here the basic rules.

  1. Buy Mexican Auto Insurance. Mexican auto insurance is a must if you plan to do anything more than a quick hop across the border since, in the case of an accident Mexican authorities will not accept foreign auto insurance policies. Any Mexican auto insurance coverage you purchase should include claims adjusters that will come to the scene of an accident and an attorney. This becomes very important since, in the event of an accident, you are not allowed to move your vehicle and you may be detained by the police in the event that anyone is hurt until fault can be established
  2. Be aware that not all roads are in the best of conditions. Although over the last 6 to 8 years there has been an increase in the number of four-lane toll roads throughout the country, some of the minor roads, for instance those between small towns, are more likely to be paved with cobblestone instead of asphalt and, either way, they all have their share of pot holes and ruts to be careful about.
  3. Although there are reports of people being stopped and their property being stolen while on an isolated road, there are few reports of people actually being injured. The best way to avoid this is to drive during the day and not to stop for hitchhikers. Also beware of any foreign objects in the road, these are normally placed there so that an unsuspecting driver will be forced to stop.
  4. Try to restrict driving to daylight hours. This is common sense wherever you drive since road signs are easier to read, road hazards are easier to see and avoid and there are normally more cars traveling the same road you are so there is less chance of anything bad happening.Always be aware of livestock. On most U.S. roads, livestock is unheard of except in rural areas. In Mexico, however, livestock creates a large problem because of a lack of fencing around the highways. Livestock are normally left to roam wherever they can find food and this is sometimes near a well traveled road. In the area where I live, Lake Chapala, 40% of the traffic accidents that occur involve livestock in some way. These statistics are not official so the number could be 35% or 45%, but from what I have seen I would say the 40% is fairly accurate.
  5. Remember that most people do not use their turn signals and not all cars you see on the road have functioning brake lights. Avoid accidents by keeping your distance, using your turn signals and being aware of those who don’t.
  6. Always know who has the right of way. This is sometimes difficult because, even though you may be in the right, if the “the other guy” is bigger, he won’t care. This means you will want to slow down at all intersections and look both ways whether you are required to or not; it also means you will want to yield to larger vehicles that want to occupy your same lane space.
  7. Always plan your trip ahead of time. Take a good road map along with you and know where your stops are going to be. This came in handy once when we had engine trouble. Fortunately we were only a few miles away from a small town where, although accommodations were not luxurious, they did have cold beverages and a mechanic that could repair the car within a day or two.
  8. Remember that here, just as anywhere else, all those things you learned in driving school apply. Keep free space in front, behind and beside you when driving; obey the speed limits; use your turn signals; and always make sure your vehicle is in good condition and that you have plenty of spare parts (i.e. tire, water for the radiator, transmission fluid and oil) before beginning your journey.
  9. Buy a basic Spanish phrase book before your trip. Learning how to tell someone you need a mechanic (necesito un mecánico), help changing a tire (necesito ayuda para cambiar la llanta) or directions (dónde está or cómo llego a) can be very useful. Even if you can’t pronounce it quite right, people will usually get the message and be able to effectively communicate to you what you need to know.
  10. There are probably 10 more tips I’ve left out but this should get you started. Check back from time to time to see what else we’ve added or e-mail us with comments or your own driving experiences in Mexico. In the meantime, have a happy and safe journey.

Author’s Note:Just in case your considering risking the trip without Mexican auto insurance, consider the following:

Mexican law is napoleonic — this means that you are guilty until proven innocent. The person deciding this will most likely be the policeman who arrives at the scene of the accident, especialy if you cannot provide proof of Mexican auto insurance and/or produce an insurance adjuster appears.
When a traffic accident does occur, the police may impound your vehicle, especially if there is no one there to help you defend your rights such as an insurance adjuster and/or an attorney. Also know that in the event that someone is injured and you are found responsible, you might not only be held liable for that persons medical expenses but also for financially supporting them and their dependents until they recover. If you have an attorney he will probably be able to help you negotiate a more reasonable settlement than that which you could negotiate on your own.

Now, when you’re in Mexico, try not to do anything stupid. In transit, you must always be in your car at all times when it is driven. No other person can borrow it from you without you as a passenger. Make sure your driver’s license is valid. You can also use an international driver’s license. The paperwork can be a hassle, but it saves you from any unnecessary trouble with the local authorities.

For Further information on Driving in Mexico click here.