Today was a long one but we are officially through immigration and deep into Mexico on our drive to Playa del Carmen. Customs and immigration wasn’t exactly a breeze but that was primarily because of the language barrier and overall it was still better than a trip to the Kansas DMV.
The first step was driving across the bridge from Eagle Pass, TX into Piedras Negras, Mexico, paying a $40 peso toll (about $3) and pulling up to customs. When you pull up a stoplight looking thing flashes green or red and you proceed accordingly. We got green and just drove on through. Piece of cake!
Next we proceeded to immigration about 30 miles further down the highway where we registered ourselves and our car. Once there we just had to park and go in and give them our paperwork. We were sent to 3 different windows, asked some questions, had our paperwork shuffled around, and paid 50 cents to make a copy before getting the ok nod. It took about 30-45 minutes and we received a special form and a sticker on our car that allows us to keep the car in the country as long as our visas are good. The border agents could only validate us for 30 days and we have to check in with Aduana (Immigration) in our “home state” of Quintana Roo when we arrive where we’ll get our visas extended for 1-4 years. Our papers must be legit since we got stopped at a couple of check points where they just waved us through after checking our papers. It was a nice surprise since there aren’t many Gringos wandering around Central Mexico with Kansas plates and an entire car full of stuff!
The rest of our day was spent driving through beautiful desert and mountain country trying to avoid the numerous goats, cows, donkeys and horses grazing on the medians just next to the highway. It was truly amazing but after 10 hours of it we began to grow tired of the same view out of our windows and are truly longing to see the ocean. The roads were pretty good, a few rough patches here and there but for the most part they were almost as good as roads in the US. The route we chose contained a lot of toll roads but they were reasonable and well worth the price (I don’t have the exact amount we spent handy, my notes are in the car and I’m too tired to go down and get them). It’s late and we have another 10+ hour day ahead of us tomorrow so I’m clocking out. Wi-fi from here until Playa del Carmen is unknown so not sure when we’ll update next, but will post when we can.