Mexico Travel Tips 

Travel safety disclaimer 

In years past, the ruins and Usumacinta river have been an area of interest for revolutionaries and drug cartels. In the most recent years crime and political unrest has subsided. While the possibility of the unforeseen happening is a reality we have never had problems while operating in Mexico. Our guides and trip leaders are professionals that are prepared to handle these types of situations. Understanding the risks of this trip are required prior to embarkation.  

 

Visas 

They are unnecessary for our trip, unless you plan on being in Mexico for over 180 days! 

 

Water 

Unfortunately, water for consumption while traveling internationally is not always as reliable as your water at home. It is imperative that we all pay close attention to our own personal hygiene and staying healthy before and throughout the river expedition. Please be dutiful in washing your hands continuously throughout the trip, especially before and after eating and using the toilet. We cannot trust tap water and water served from unknown sources. Drink only bottled water, or bring your own water purification system or tablets. Your staff will always provide plenty of clean water throughout the river portion of the expedition. 

 

Health Precautions 

There are no vaccinations required for entry to Mexico, but short-term travelers are recommended to receive vaccinations cover for Tetanus (childhood booster), Typhoid (food and water-borne) and Hepatitis A (food & water borne). Please consult with your physician or with the travel clinic as to which is the best course of action for you. 

 

Money 

The national currency of Mexico is the Peso. In addition to a currency exchange at the airport upon arrival, there are a variety of banks in Hermosillo where you’ll be able to change money; ATM’s are available. Please note that you will always receive a better rate for cash than for traveler’s checks and sometimes bills with small tears or rips in them may be rejected. You will need pesos for any craft goods, beverages or for food bought outside of big cities like Hermosillo, Guaymas, or Santa Rosalia. It is always a good idea to have dollars and or pesos on you, even just for emergency. Service charges are not included, and tipping is about the same as the U.S., most people we will interact with usually depend on them as a wage.  

 

Shopping 

This trip offers spectacular shopping opportunities, some in the form of outdoor markets full of individual vendors with small booths, as well as many of the same stores we know to get trip essentials. Bargaining is part of the culture practiced in virtually all markets so be prepared. Plan on your bags weighing in a bit more on your return home! 

 

Beverages 

Hydration is always of the utmost importance for us on all river expeditions, especially due to the high temperatures and physical exertion necessary throughout the trip. In addition to water, we provide a modest amount of cocktails, wine and juice mix. If you plan on consuming a larger amount of alcoholic beverages, specific sodas or juices, please let your trip leader know in order to find everything you need before the trip. If there are specific brands you are looking for its best to find them in Duty free on your way to the destination.