Rather than me type out all of the information, here is a picture of Sue's journal of costs. I will explain each one further down. Please be aware that some of the numbers are exact and some are a little bit of an educated guess. Sometimes we don't write down every little detail, so take with a grain of salt.
So about 3 weeks before we left Canada we went online to obtain all the necessary document that we could in advance. Doing the Insurance before hand online is a piece of cake, but after doing the rest online and then seeing what is involved in getting the same documents from Mexican authorities at the border, I would recommend just doing it there. It only saves you about an hour at the border but adds years to your life doing the online version.
First step was to obtain Mexican Auto Insurance. You have to buy Mexican Insurance because no Canadian insurance covers travel into Mexico. We used Lewis and Lewis Insurance because they are recommended by Mexican Travellers. Bill Bell is also a worth broker who many people use and one of the perks from him is that he will give you a trip journal with all of the recommended roads and stops along the way. We will probably use him next time.. Because of the fact that our Jeep is not worth a lot, we opted to only put Liability Insurance on it, but insured the Motor Home for its full value. Our insurance was very comparable to what we pay for insurance in Manitoba. Because our Manitoba insurance is void down here, once we get home we can send proof to our Manitoba Insurance showing how long we were in Mexico and we will get all of our Manitoba premium back for that time period which will reduce the overall cost.
|Shown in Canadian dollars|
So once we got across the Mexican border we stayed on the Cuota or toll road. 15D was our main road to be on for the majority of the way. For the most part these toll roads are concrete 4 lane roads much the same as the Trans Canada Highway in Canada. The same as in Canada there are areas of the road that is less than desireable to drive on and some construction but for moving along quickly, these are the roads to take. We spent just a little under $200.00 Canadian for the whole trip. Some toll booths are shut down but the local Mexicans quickly take them over and ask for donations!! Why not?? I'm wondering if I could set up on the Trans Canada back home and stop traffic and ask for donations?? They even have a warning cone on a string which they put in the road and won't remove it until you pay a donation. I love their way of thinking.
Now our friends Kevin and Ruth cringe at the thought of travelling this way in Mexico. They do lots of back country Mexican travels and lead lots of caravans through true Mexico and they write a blog every day with their travels called "Travel with Kevin and Ruth". If you want to see true Mexican travel check out their blog because they are just preparing to embark on a 3 month caravan through Mexico. They take lots of really great pictures and tell you the real stories of Mexico. If you want to join one of their caravans you could contact them for cost and availability.
We are including our overnight camping fees. These were prearranged secure camping areas. The Los Mochis one was a fenced gated truck lot but all the others were RV Parks. Nothing special but close to the ocean and full hook ups. Once again in Canadian dollars.
And finally here is what we will pay per month to be at the La Penita RV Park. Its shown in US dollars but the conversion of the day says $675.00 Canadian. This is so unlike us to be doing this but hey, you don't know if you don't try. One day we will want to settle down so a little practice is ok. We are loving the people here already. Ironically most people here are from Canada and we have made a few connections already. A lady whose mother and dad we used to know in Rivers is here. And another couple who know a guy who used to work for me. And another couple from Stonewall who know a guy who I used to work for tearing down grain elevators!! Such a small world. And the park is not even 1/4 full yet so we will find more I'm sure.
Although I am not posting our fuel costs to get here, you could figure it out if you like. Our average miles per Canadian gallon is 8.5 so using the average cost of 21.50 peso's per liter you can come up with a cost. Ha Ha, how are you doing with that!!!! I will help you a little bit. Diesel is about $1.48 per liter Canadian.
So this is not a frugal trip by any means. We are paying gringo prices and knew that going in. If there is any savings it will be in the grocery stores and restaurants. Down here you can eat out quite cheap. Sue had a wonderful lobster supper with 2 Pina Colada's and for less than $25.00 Cnd. Average meal cost with a drink is around $10.00. You can buy more stuff than you can carry in the grocery store for $20.00. A large glass of fresh squeezed orange juice for a buck. And seafood is cheap here right off the boats. We are absolutely enjoying ourselves although getting used to sun every day with temps around 33C is taking its toll on us. Sometimes it is humid and that is when we just stay in the pool for hours. I know nobody is feeling sorry for us lol. They tell us it will cool down significantly in a couple weeks so we will hang around and see what its like.
So for anyone considering Mexico, DO IT!!! Research the stories you hear and find out the truth. Most of the bad that is happening does not affect our kind but rather involves people who are playing with the sex and drug trades. We are keeping our noses clean and are not feeling one bit anxious. The Mexican people as a whole are a loving caring people. They can be a little aggressive when it comes to money but what the heck. You gotta make a dollar. I think we as Americans and Canadians are a little intimidated by that aggression and view it as bad. I assure you that they mean no harm by it, but they do know a sucker when they see one. We have fun with it and usually pay too much!!!
I will try to keep everyone up to speed on our adventure, and when it cools a bit we will be taking some adventures out into the Mexico around us. Should be some fun things to see and do.