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:''It may be extremely easy to hitch in mainland Mexico, but in the Baja California peninsula, it's a completely different story! In [[Baja California]], there is only one road, the HWY 1, which isn't hell to hitchhike on but requires a lot of patience: there are often large distances in between cities (which are barely even cities, rather a few ranches and cactus farms) and even larger distances between petrol stations (example: El Rosario is the last one before Guerrero Negro, about 360 km further down in [[Baja California Sur]]). Getting stuck in the middle of the desert is NOT fun, and many people can only take you from town to town as it is local traffic or gringos doing one of the many races down in the Baja. Also, unless you are planning on staying in Baja and going back up towards the USA-Mexico border, you should hitchhike from [[Mexicali]] south. If you plan on heading to mainland Mexico from the Baja, you must take a ferry in either [[La Paz (Baja California Sur)|La Paz]] or [[Cabo San Lucas]] towards [[Mazatlán]], which costs about 80$ USD." -- [[User:Narfette|Narfette]], April 2008
:''The Yucatan Peninsula It may be extremely easy to hitch in mainland Mexico, but in the Baja California peninsula, it's a completely different story! In [[Baja California]], there is only one road, the HWY 1, which isn't hell to hitchhike on but requires a lot of patience: there are often large distances in between cities (which are barely even cities, rather a few ranches and cactus farms) and even larger distances between petrol stations (example: El Rosario is the last one before Guerrero Negro, about 360 km further down in [[CampecheBaja California Sur]]). Getting stuck in the middle of the desert is NOT fun, and many people can only take you from town to town as it is local traffic or gringos doing one of the many races down in the Baja. Also, unless you are planning on staying in Baja and going back up towards the USA-Mexico border, you should hitchhike from [[YucatánMexicali]]south. If you plan on heading to mainland Mexico from the Baja, you must take a ferry in either [[La Paz (Baja California Sur)|La Paz]] or [[Cabo San Lucas]] towards [[Quintana RooMazatlán]]), which costs about 80$ USD''- [[User:Narfette|Narfette]], on the other hand, outshines all Mexico for its ease and amiability of hitchhiking. You might not even fall victim to Moctezuma revenge eating old papaya slushies and bean burritos out of the trash in some of those tourist strips. Hey!" April 2008
:''In 10 months and tens of thousands of km covered by thumb, my only "bad" experience was between Pto. Angel and [[Oaxaca (City)|Oaxaca City]] (a notorious drug route, as I later learned). The driver asked me to drive and once I was behind the wheel informed me that the van was full of Colombia's finest. I nearly shat myself, but the experience turned out to be quite interesting, as we were forced to make several detours to avoid police checkpoints, taking me through beautiful and remote parts of the [[Oaxaca|Oaxacan]] mountains I otherwise never would have discovered. Be careful not to get set up. A very, very, rare occurance, but one that can happen.'' -- unknown hitchhiker, July 2010
:''I traveled for 8 months in Mexico, all by thumb. I came down Baja California, hitched a sailboat from La Paz to Mazatlán, steamed over to The Yucatan Peninsula ''([[Veracruz (City)|VeracruzCampeche]] for the carnival, went up and around the [[Yucatán]], then down into [[ChiapasQuintana Roo]])'', Guatemalaon the other hand, outshines all Mexico for its ease and then back to Veracruz, across amiability of hitchhiking. You might not even fall victim to all the big central cities, Moctezuma revenge eating old papaya slushies and down bean burritos out of the Pacific coast to Oaxaca and Guatemala once more. I got picked up by plenty trash in some of self-proclaimed drug dealers. Whatever. Lovely countrythose tourist strips. --[[User:Chael777|Chael777]]Hey'', August 2011
:''I hitched at exits and on-ramps and speed bumps (topes) and made excellent time from [[Matamoros]] to [[Catemaco]]. As long as cars are going somewhat slow any place is really a good place to hitchhike. I rarely waited more than fifteen minutes. People were very hospitable. I was treated to lots of delicious food and given places to stay by those who picked me up. '''This is my favorite country to hitchhike thus far.''' --[[User:Eripson|Eripson]], March 2012
:''The small less trafficky roads, in the mountains In 10 months and in Chiapas for instancetens of thousands of km covered by thumb, can test your patiencemy only "bad" experience was between Pto. If you are coming from south Angel and [[Oaxaca (City)|Oaxaca City]] (Guatemalaa notorious drug route, as I later learned) people might . The driver asked me to drive and once I was behind the wheel informed me that the van was full of Colombia's finest. I nearly shat myself, but the experience turned out to be afraid quite interesting, as we were forced to make several detours to pick you up because there are so many avoid police checkpoints. Even , taking me through beautiful and remote parts of the ones who do stop ask if you have problems with authorities, if you are smuggling drugs or if you have a passport."--[[User:AstikainOaxaca|AstikainOaxacan]] ([[User talk:Astikain|talk]]) 15:59mountains I otherwise never would have discovered. Be careful not to get set up. A very, very, rare occurance, but one that can happen.''- unknown hitchhiker, 4 June 2013 (CEST)July 2010
"I hitchhiked for two months through the mainland and had a great experience. People are very friendly and willing to help. The biggest thing is getting outside the city. The good thing about the big highways is you are more likely to get a long ride, the bad thing it can be rough to have someone pull over. The small villages are easier to get rides but tend to be short." -- Jason
"ANDALE! méxico remains my favorite place to catch a ride- starting ''I traveled for 8 months in san diegoMexico, cali and winding up in ciudad de guatemala a month later was a breezeall by thumb. forget about that one 24 hour wait in Tonalà (7eleven outside GuadalajaraI came down Baja California, you were cruel hitched a sailboat from La Paz to me)Mazatlán, and hear me out when i say that topés steamed over to [[Veracruz (speed rumpsCity) are your besties and camionetas (pick ups) are |Veracruz]] for the most splendid way -and most common ride- to view méxicocarnival, especially with a cold Modelo in your hand went up and Chalino Sanchez serenading your ears from around the front seat. got our shit checkpoint-searched HARD in southern bajaYucatán, then down into [[Chiapas]], witnessed bribes in guateGuatemala, were taken and then back to unknown aguascalientes in jaliscoVeracruz, had too much tequlia in Tequilaacross to all the big central cities, got robbed in jocotepec, hitched a ride with turkeys, bread, candy and piñatas, drank down the waters Pacific coast to Oaxaca and Guatemala once more. I got picked up by plenty of canyon aguacero in chiapasself-proclaimed drug dealers. oh what a wonderful worldWhatever. thumbed it solo as a chick and with a male and later female road dawgLovely country. ¡buen viaje! signing off." '' -- two_string_sally april 2018[[User:Chael777|Chael777]]'', August 2011
== Useful resources ==''I hitched at exits and on-ramps and speed bumps (topes) and made excellent time from [[Matamoros]] to [[Catemaco]]. As long as cars are going somewhat slow any place is really a good place to hitchhike. I rarely waited more than fifteen minutes. People were very hospitable. I was treated to lots of delicious food and given places to stay by those who picked me up. This is my favorite country to hitchhike thus far'' - [[FileUser:Tortugas.jpgEripson|right|thumb|300px|New born turtles Eripson]], March 2012  ''The small less trafficky roads, in the coast of Mexicomountains and in Chiapas for instance, walking towards can test your patience. If you are coming from south (Guatemala) people might be afraid to pick you up because there are so many checkpoints. Even the oceanones who do stop ask if you have problems with authorities, if you are smuggling drugs or if you have a passport.'' - [[User:Astikain|Astikain]]([[User talk:Astikain|talk]]) 15:59, 4 June 2013 (CEST)   ''I hitchhiked for two months through the mainland and had a great experience. People are very friendly and willing to help. The biggest thing is getting outside the city. The good thing about the big highways is you are more likely to get a long ride, the bad thing it can be rough to have someone pull over. The small villages are easier to get rides but tend to be short.'' - Jason
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The Guia Roji road atlas ''ANDALE! México remains my favorite place to catch a ride- starting in san diego, cali and winding up in ciudad de guatemala a month later was a breeze. forget about that one 24 hour wait in Tonalà (7eleven outside Guadalajara, you were cruel to me), and hear me out when i say that topés (speed rumps) are your besties and camionetas (pick ups) are the most splendid way -and most common ride- to view méxico, especially with a cold Modelo in your hand and Chalino Sanchez serenading your ears from the maps of the major cities is maybe worth the 100 Pesosfront seat. got our shit checkpoint-searched HARD in southern baja, witnessed bribes in guate, but people tend were taken to know unknown aguascalientes in jalisco, had too much tequlia in Tequila, got robbed in jocotepec, hitched a ride with turkeys, bread, candy and piñatas, drank the roads so if you ask lots waters of questions you can also get around without onecanyon aguacero in chiapas. oh what a wonderful world. thumbed it solo as a chick and with a male and later female road dawg. ¡buen viaje! signing off.''- two_string_sally april 2018
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{{nomadwiki}}[[File:Tortugas.jpg|right|thumb|300px|New born turtles in the coast of Mexico, walking towards the ocean.]]
=== Links ===
* For general info about moneyless travels in Mexico, see [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iqhpdy67vceKm6LBTsYQFU_wulqCb7Q-dPRooZxuU0U/mobilebasic?pli=1 this] handy document.
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