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Money in Mexico: First Things First

Among the most important questions to ask yourself while packing up and making your pre-trip preparations, is "what about money? "Will you carry cash and/or traveler's checks in Mexico, and when it runs out, as it always does, how will you get more? .... (more) by Carl Franz

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Paying for a phone call with a Credit Card is Expensive!

I just returned home from Acapulco. The signs on the LadaTel telephone boots urged you to use your credit card, to call home. Well I did.

According to the sign on the tel booth, this is the cheapest and the easiest way to call. When I arrived home, I received my visa statement. Jan 23, I made 3 calls altogether about 15 - 18 minutes.... The charge is $122.64 Canadian dollar.... (more)

Problems with Phone Cards in Mexico

I was in cancun last week. I purchased a phone card at Walmart. On the front of the card, it has a picture of food and says “sushitepec” by shokuni..... it did not work. It used up all my time just trying to connect.

My question is who can I call in the US to get my money back or get a new card.... (more)

Old Phones Remembered

I just read your new section on Ladatel calling cards in Mexico. It's very helpful. I've used these calling cards in Oaxaca to make local and in-country long-distance calls. They are really life savers. I too remember the nightmare of making long-distance calls. In 1974 I was trying to make a call to Mexico City from Oaxaca. Every time I tried I was told the circuits were busy. My frustration hit its peak when I went into the small telephone office on the North side of the zocalo..... (more) by P.G. Meier

Calling Cards

For those of you who traveled in Mexico in the Good Old Days, you'll have memories (nightmares) of waiting for hours in "Larga Distancia" when you wanted to call farther than across town. Or perhaps you remember trying to locate a local pay phone that worked, and, last but not least, one of the nearly obsolete coins that they'd accept.... (more)

Call Back Services

Once you've found a house in Mexico (with a telephone) you'll want to call back to the States or Canada to keep in touch with family and friends, or for business. However, international long distance calls are still quite expensive from Mexico. Although you can work out deals with Telmex (the lowest we've heard of is $ .45 a minute), Call Back services offer better deals.

How do I get email in San Miguel de Allende

I finally walked into my boss and said i need a two month leave. i am heading down to San Miguel to take spanish and art and have no place to stay as yet. i hear you can rent a room for about 250 a month or so. anyway, any ideas? ....i want to e-mail people at the cyber cafe kind of places, do i do that by getting AOL? or something?.... (more) from Leslee Todman

A Typical Polite Letter to Mexicans 

While traveling we often meet people we’d like to drop a line to once we return home. The problem is what to say and how to say it, especially if your Spanish is weak. It’s amazing what can be communicated with sign language, facial expressions and other signals, none of which are available when faced with a blank sheet of paper.... (more) From The People's Guide to Mexico

Email Address while on the road

Cybercafes and Mom & Pop email services are opening up throughout Mexico and Central America.... (more) by Carl Franz

Cyber Cafes & Traveler's Email Services

If you don't have an email account that can be used while on the road, you can access the Travelers Message website.... (more) From The People's Guide to Mexico

Receiving Mail in Mexico

Unless you can arrange your route and schedule very tightly, you'll eventually have to have mail forwarded from one post office to another. This can be done by filling out a small white change of address card in the post office... (more) From The People's Guide to Mexico

AA Meetings

You'll find AA throughout Mexico, even in small towns. AA is very visible but as in the US, meetings move or change. Look for the AA symbol inside a triangle and a circle, usually on a blue background jutting out from buildings....You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find English-speaking meetings in most towns with a large gringo presence.... (more)

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