We're back at an RV park in Casa Grande, but I still have tons of pics from San Carlos to share, starting with our soggy welcome to Mexico.
The cloudy day made for a comfortable drive across the border; good traveling weather.
big rigs have nailed these road signs a few times
tires are used as retaining walls for the border shacks in the hills
it was a quick trip thru customs since we had nothing to declare
Vacationing in the Sonora hassle free driving zone means you don't need to get a vehicle permit to bring your car into Mexico. But we still had to stop and pay for our tourist visas.
Getting a tourist card after crossing the Nogales, Mex border can be intimidating the first few times. There's just not much for signage telling you where to go or what to do. The most important thing to remember: after you pay for your tourist card, go back to the first building, and get the officer to stamp it for you.
If you're really stuck, follow the people in front of you... and hope that somebody knows where to go and what to do :)
lots of road construction happening between Nogales and Hermosillo
time to whip out the pesos for the first toll booth at Magdalena
and within a few more hours, there it is - the sparkling Sea of Cortez
Crunching the numbers:
- the road trip from Casa Grande, AZ to San Carlos, MEX took almost 8 hours, including a stop for fuel, an hour at the border, three toll booths and a lot of topes (speed bumps)
- two tourist Visas cost us $47 USD ($58 CAD)
- there are three toll booths between the Nogales border and San Carlos; foreign vehicles pay more than the locals and the total cost was 142 pesos ($12 CAD)
- gas is the same price as Canada, but more expensive than the USA
- $1 CAD = 12 Mex pesos