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BORDER CROSSING INFORMATION

    Crossing the border and traveling in Mexico can be a very pleasant experience.  It can also be an unpleasant experience.  Prior to going on the trip each person or family will receive important information and instructions.  There are legal forms, personal identification, and other documents that will be needed to make the trip to Mexico both enjoyable and legal.    

IS A PASSPORT REQUIRED TO GET BACK INTO THE U.S.A.?

    At the present time the answer is YES and NO.  If you are traveling by air or by sea the answer is YES, but if you are traveling by land (automobile) the answer is NO.

December 31, 2006 – The requirement requiring a passport was applied to all air and sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.

December 31, 2007 – The requirement requiring a passport will be extended to all land border crossings as well as air and sea travel.

Anyone planning on traveling to Mexico in 2008 or after will definitely need a passport.

SAFETY INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION

    When traveling in Mexico, or any foreign country, it is a good idea to stay in groups.  Please avoid traveling or hiking alone.  It is a good idea to know where your children are at all times.  Teenagers may want to carry short range communication radios.  This will give them a little freedom, and parents can talk to them at any time.  Most of these radios have a range of about two miles.  If you or your family decides to go on this year’s trip it is highly recommended that you have one or more of these radios.  Many of your family members or friends already have these radios, and you might be able to borrow one or more of them for the trip.

GROUP ORGANIZATION

    Due to the size of the group going to Mexico it would be almost impossible to travel all together.  We will organize into small groups of three or four vehicles.  Each group will be led by someone who is familiar with the border crossing procedure and can drive all the way to Colonia Juarez.  Each travel group will probably consist of family members, relatives, friends, or people who live close to each other.  With the exception of facilities and equipment provided at the Jarvis Ranch each vehicle or travel group should go prepared to function independently.  Each travel group should plan their own transportation requirements and travel route for entering and leaving Mexico.  

While we are in Mexico, especially in the mountains, we will travel together as one large group.

MEAL PLANS

    Each person or family will be responsible for their own food while traveling to and from Mexico.  Each family or travel group will also be responsible for their own food while we are in Colonia Juarez.  We invite everyone to join together and eat pot luck meals while we are at the Whetten facility or at the Price home.  Their will be a daily menu provided for our pot luck group meals.

    In Colonia Pacheco all meals will be prepared by Jo Jarvis (Jim Jarvis’ wife).  For the meals we will eat at the Jarvis Ranch each person will need to pay about $12 (total).  Joe has prepared excellent meals for large groups many times, and the food is worth far more than the amount requested.  No one needs to purchase or carry any food for the meals we eat at the Jarvis Ranch.  If you have any special dietary requirements you will needs to provide for yourself.

    There are excellent grocery stores in Colonia Dublan and Nuevo Casas Grandes.  Also, there is a small store in Colonia Juarez with a very good variety of foods and other supplies.  To save time most of the people in our group will purchase all or most of their food and other items before entering Mexico.

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