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Old 05-23-2019, 02:23 PM #1
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Finally popped my cherry and drove to Mexico last weekend.

Iíve been to Mexico, but have never driven down. Silly considering Iím only an hour from the border. Basically just went to check it out and get a feel for it for future trips. Went through wine country to Ensenada, then back up coastal to Rosarito and the standard 3 hour border wait. Fun trip overall, but I would love to find out where do go for some off-road trails. Anyone have lots of experience in Baja? Any groups that go down together?





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Did you go alone, as in just you and your T4R, or did you travel in a caravan?

I've been wanting to do that exact drive, but soooo freaked out about the crooked cops and/or cartels helping themselves to my T4R... without my consent !!!
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Mexicoóthe only place Iíve ever been robbed by armed men...

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Did you go alone, as in just you and your T4R, or did you travel in a caravan?



I've been wanting to do that exact drive, but soooo freaked out about the crooked cops and/or cartels helping themselves to my T4R... without my consent !!!


I went with my 21 year old brother. It was actually very relaxed driving down there. Would be nice to have a copilot getting through TJ the first time as some of the turns were poorly marked, but still pretty easy regardless. I bought the insurance for the weekend just to help me have zero problems if I did get pulled over, idk if itís really necessary.


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mexicoóthe only place iíve ever been robbed by armed men...

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I went with my 21 year old brother. It was actually very relaxed driving down there. Would be nice to have a copilot getting through TJ the first time as some of the turns were poorly marked, but still pretty easy regardless. I bought the insurance for the weekend just to help me have zero problems if I did get pulled over, idk if itís really necessary.


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Itís absolutely necessary, your US insurance doesnít mean squat down there. If It gets stolen or turns into a banna boat, your SOL.
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Itís absolutely necessary, your US insurance doesnít mean squat down there. If It gets stolen or turns into a banna boat, your SOL.
Not only is it necessary in terms of protecting your investment in your car (or, lord help you, your leinholder), but I'm pretty sure that if you end up in an accident and don't have Mexican insurance, you're going to end up in a Mexican jail. Just don't go without it--period.
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I did the same trip on the 25th-26th down to Valle de Guadalupe. Itís safe guys...even getting lost in TJ for a bit. FYI do not use google maps, the iPhone maps worked perfectly. The roads are run by the feds and are safe and itís practically a straight shot. No cartels or Crooked cops,. Definitely get insurance, you arenít covered otherwise. Itís 30-50 bucks and peace of mind. It was a 3 hour wait from the border to get back mind you, Iíve heard it can get up to 6 hours on a bad day. Get SENTRI if you can.
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I did the same trip on the 25th-26th down to Valle de Guadalupe. Itís safe guys...even getting lost in TJ for a bit. FYI do not use google maps, the iPhone maps worked perfectly. The roads are run by the feds and are safe and itís practically a straight shot. No cartels or Crooked cops,. Definitely get insurance, you arenít covered otherwise. Itís 30-50 bucks and peace of mind. It was a 3 hour wait from the border to get back mind you, Iíve heard it can get up to 6 hours on a bad day. Get SENTRI if you can.


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i did a 1.5 week trip down baja and back earlier this year. much off-roading. highly recommend!

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Things can go wrong, but generally speaking the only real bummer is the border crossing coming back in. SENTRI pass makes a big difference. Sure, there are people who do stupid things (from all countries). Driving around wine country can be nice.
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Go on a race weekend. This years Baja 1000 is 11/19-24, the race starts on the 22nd. Lots of Americans flood the towns of Baja and those are the safest weekends to travel down there.

For first timers go to contingency, that is where all the race vehicles line up to get through tech. You walk through a crowd of people staring at 2 million dollar Trophy Trucks, it's really an amazing site. Then on race day I recommend driving about an hour south of Ensenada to a small beach town Erendira. Really fun dirt roads take you from the highway to the beach. You can camp right on the beach and watch race cars while you're surfing! Before or after the race you can drive on the actual race course, bring your 4wd and tow strap for the silt beds.

Just remember in Baja everything that's illegal in the US is also illegal there, so don't be stupid. Use common sense and you will be fine. Bring an extra $200 as a get out of jail free card if something does happen.

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Go on a race weekend. This years Baja 1000 is 11/19-24, the race starts on the 22nd. Lots of Americans flood the towns of Baja and those are the safest weekends to travel down there.

For first timers go to contingency, that is where all the race vehicles line up to get through tech. You walk through a crowd of people staring at 2 million dollar Trophy Trucks, it's really an amazing site. Then on race day I recommend driving about an hour south of Ensenada to a small beach town Erendira. Really fun dirt roads take you from the highway to the beach. You can camp right on the beach and watch race cars while you're surfing! Before or after the race you can drive on the actual race course, bring your 4wd and tow strap for the silt beds.

Just remember in Baja everything that's illegal in the US is also illegal there, so don't be stupid. Use common sense and you will be fine. Bring an extra $200 as a get out of jail free card if something does happen.

AND MEXICAN INSURANCE IS NECESSARY!!!
Anyone going down for the Baja 1000 this year???
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Anyone going down for the Baja 1000 this year???
Trying to figure out my work schedule but I should be down there at some point.
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Trying to figure out my work schedule but I should be down there at some point.
I've never been but always wanted to. I know that a group of people have taken a trip down there before for it. That would be cool if it happened again.
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