Adapter Kit: Mexico: A Traveler's Tools for Living like a Local

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Passionately written by authors who have taken the plunge themselves, the exciting new Adapter Kit series helps travelers extend their journey and live like the locals in select international destinations. Adapter Kit: Mexico author Ken Luboff discusses Mexico's fascinating history, economic issues, cuisine, and culture, describes a broad array of destinations, from colonial towns to beachfront cities, and offers advice on topics like medical care and starting a business. ...
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Overview

Passionately written by authors who have taken the plunge themselves, the exciting new Adapter Kit series helps travelers extend their journey and live like the locals in select international destinations. Adapter Kit: Mexico author Ken Luboff discusses Mexico's fascinating history, economic issues, cuisine, and culture, describes a broad array of destinations, from colonial towns to beachfront cities, and offers advice on topics like medical care and starting a business.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566913515
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: Adapter Kit Series
  • Pages: 257
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Welcome to Mexico 3
2. Au Overview of Mexico 11
Topography and Population 12
Attitude Toward Foreigners 13
Economy 14
Environmental Issues 15
Crime 16
Politics 17
Education 18
Cuisine 18
Cultural Oddities 21
3. Planning Your Fact-Finding Trip 25
Suggested Itinerary 26
Tour Groups 28
Clothing and Supplies 29
Money 30
Bargaining 31
Rental Cars 32
A Few Hotels 32
Mexican Culture
4. Se Hakla Espanol? 39
5. Mexico's People and Culture 45
Rules of Etiquette 47
Mexico's Poor 49
Getting the Job Done 50
Finding Your Niche 52
6. Mexico's History 55
Pre-Colombian Residents 56
The Aztecs and the Spanish Invasion 57
Spanish Rule 60
Independence 61
Revolution 62
Daily Life
7. Keeping in Touch 67
Telephone Service 67
Internet 69
Mail 70
8. Money Matters 73
Buy or Rent? 75
Taxes 76
Banking 77
Federal Benefits 79
Wills 79
Funny Money 80
Hiring Help 82
Shifting Perspectives 84
9. Staying Healthy 85
Traveling Healthy 86
Medicine 88
Health Insurance 89
Health-care Alternatives 90
Smoking 90
Alcoholics Anonymous 91
Staying Healthy in Life 91
10. Getting Around 93
Driving in Mexico 93
Driving Across the Border 94
Auto Insurance 95
Aduana (Customs) 96
Auto Import Laws 97
Road Safety 98
Gas 99
Repairs and Maintenance 100
Road Signs 101
Maps 102
Green Angels 102
Driving in Mexico City 102
Car Rentals 103
Traveling by Air 103
Traveling by Bus 104
Traveling by Train 105
Taxis 105
Moving In
11. Making the Move 109
FM3 110
FM2 111
Shipping Household Items 112
Moving with Children 113
Moving with Pets 114
Senior Citizen Card 115
12. A Roof Over Your Head 117
Buying 117
Fideicomiso 121
Ejidos 122
Building 122
Renting 124
13. Prime Living Locations 127
Lake Chapala Area 128
Puerto Vallarta 128
San Miguel de Allende 129
Cuernavaca 130
Mazatlan 130
14. Lake Chapala Area 133
History 135
How to Get There 136
The Foreign Community 137
Real Estate 137
Renting 140
Market Basket 140
Keeping in Touch 142
Publications 142
Money 143
Medical Services 143
Social Life 144
Arts and Recreation 144
Dining and Nightlife 145
Community and Volunteer Organizations 146
Environmental Concerns 146
15. Puerto Vallarta 149
History 151
How to Get There 152
The Foreign Community 152
Real Estate 153
Renting 156
Market Basket 156
Keeping in Touch 157
Publications 157
Money 157
Medical Services 158
Getting Around the City 158
Arts and Recreation 158
Dining and Nightlife 160
Community and Volunteer Organizations 160
16. San Miguel de Allende 163
History 165
How to Get There 166
The Foreign Community 167
Real Estate 168
Renting 171
Market Basket 171
Keeping in Touch 172
Publications 173
Money 174
Medical Services 174
Arts and Recreation 175
Dining and Nightlife 177
Community and Volunteer Organizations 178
17. Cuernauaca 181
History 183
How to Get There 184
The Foreign Community 185
Real Estate 186
Renting 187
Market Basket 187
Keeping in Touch 188
Publications 188
Medical Services 188
Getting Around the City 189
Arts and Recreation 189
Dining and Nightlife 190
Community and Volunteer Organizations 191
18. Mazatlau 195
History 197
How to Get There 197
The Foreign Community 199
Real Estate 199
Renting 201
RV Parks and Marinas 201
Market Basket 202
Communications 203
Publications 203
Money 203
Medical Services 204
Getting Around the City 204
Arts and Recreation 204
Dining and Nightlife 206
Community and Volunteer Organizations 207
19. Other Prime Locations 209
Guadalajara, Jalisco 209
San Carlos, Sonora 211
Patzcuaro, Michoacan 212
Oaxaca, Oaxaca 213
Manzanillo, Colima 215
Guanajuato, Guanajuato 216
Cabo San Lucas 217
Earning a Living
20. Working in Mexico 223
Working Papers 225
Business Taxes 226
Maquiladoras 227
Labor Force 228
Volunteer Work 229
Appendix
21. Useful Resowrces 233
The States of Mexico 233
Newspapers 233
Newsletters 235
Magazines 236
Books 237
Internet Sites 238
U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico 238
U.S. Consular Agents in Mexico 239
Mexican Government Tourism Offices in the U.S. 240
Mexican Embassy and Consulates in the United States 240
Mexican Trade Commission Offices in the United States 243
National Holidays and Celebrations 243
Index 245
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