Mexico RV Caravans
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Escape Winter, book now for the trip of a lifetime!! Caravanas de Mexico & Vagabundos del Mar can offer you better prices as we are not only the most experienced supplier of tours for Mexico, we are also a registered tour company licensed to operate anywhere in Mexico. (see Certification document). We know more about Mexico than any other operator. Caravanas de Mexico organizes tours and logistics for many other RV Caravan companies operating in Mexico, but we also run our own at lower average prices. We do not run a large variety of tours, as we concentrate on the route we know best. We live in Mexico, and we know Mexico. We target both Snowbirds and those who want longer trips and those who only have a few weeks to spare. For the Fall 2016 & Spring 2017 season we offer 2 longer term RV Caravan Adventure Tours, plus 1 short one (Copper Canyon & Mazatlan). Our primary offering will be an 82 day trip starting Jan 11 and ending April 2nd. The Fall 2016 caravan is 55 days and starts on Oct 21st. It will end on Dec 15th. We usually like a minimum of 5 rigs for Fall, 9 for Spring. Both long Caravans will travel down the west coast from Nogales to Mazatlan, then across the spectacular new Mazatlan - Durango Toll highway (see Video) and south through colonial cities (eg Zacatecas) to Guadalajara. We include a trip to the Monarch Butterfly Reserve (not guaranteed to be open for the Fall trip). We then cut over to the Pacific coast and include the beaches north of Manzanillo. The Spring caravan includes part of the week long St Patrick’s Day celebration in Melaque. We also have a 30 day Copper Canyon/Mazatlan trip leaving Feb 12th. This caravan will end on March 13th. See LINK.
Our long Caravans include at least 17 tours (including an inclusive trip through Copper Canyon) and 27 meals . The Fall Caravan is faster paced, but still includes Copper Canyon and the Monarch Reserve (If it is open, otherwise we substitute other tours). The weather is warmer on Fall caravans at our higher altitude stops, Copper Canyon, Durango - Patzcuaro. In Spring you will need warm clothing. It will be cold at night during the interior part of our trip with daytime temps of 65-70 F. In some locations it can drop below freezing at night.
We also run shorter Caravans to Copper Canyon & Mazatlan only. These are usually 30 days in length. Plus we have some flexible options.
We are now booking both the 2016 Fall Caravan, Spring 2017 and the 2017/2018 season. It is possible to go down with a Fall Caravan & return with a Spring one. Prices are currently about what they were in the 2015/2016 season. They may be lowered a bit before final payment is due, if the Canadian dollar goes up. The new highway from Mazatlan to Durango has opened up a new route for us.
I have had comments from customers on Caravans I have led, about how we can do these trips at these prices. That is despite the fact they felt they were expensive at first glance. When they experience the quality of the tours, they realize what a bargain they are. The answer is that we keep advertising expenses low, and we can get better prices than Gringo based companies and do not have to contract out for services. Often we will plan expensive portions like Copper Canyon, so they coincide with our bus tours, which further reduces overhead..
All participants have to join Vagabundos del Mar, but we cover your membership for the first year. It is up to you whether or not you wish to renew.
We also run 1 or 2 caravans a year for French speaking customers. See HERE
New: We offer substantial discounts to repeat customers. Click here
We offer longer fully escorted RV Caravan Tours down Mexico’s west coast from Nogales to Melaque and to the interior Colonial cities in Spring. We operate a shorter caravan in Fall. Our trips feature both city and beach camping plus an opportunity to explore Mexico’s spectacular Copper Canyon (all inclusive included). We usually try to include one of Mexico’s wonderful carnival celebrations.
Our tours usually depart from Nogales, Arizona and cross the border again, either there or at Sonoyta, 1 to 3 months later depending on the tour. Depending on Wagon Master availability, there may be an option to exit via Texas for some of the group after the final tour (Spring only). All Tours & RV park fees are included, along with many high class meals. Our main Spring trip is a seasonal Snow-Bird experience, not just a quick tour. It is designed to provide a seasonal experience for those who wish to get away from winter, and are looking for something different than Arizona or Florida or the usual Snowbird destinations, and maybe want to check out Mexico for future seasons. Many of our customers end up returning on their own to a favorite spot they discovered on our caravans. We try to run a Fall caravan that is shorter for those who do not have the time, plus a 30 day short Spring in February. They may cost a bit more per day, since there is less "off" time (those days are cheaper for us)
Our tours are led by Vagabundo Wagon Masters experienced in the route. Our tours are escorted by the Green Angels (like AAA) for all, or part of the route . Our Spring Caravan is designed for those who have more time on their hands and do not want a quick "up & down" trip. After all, if it is costing that much to get down there, you want some time to spend at the final destination, not just turn around & head home. Even our Fall caravan has at least 2 weeks of beach time and our February trip has a week of beach time..
We encourage you to compare us with some similar RV tour companies on our "Compare Caravans" page. We are certain you will find our company is your best value for money, provided you have the time available. Be very wary if a company offers something like 40 events on a 30 day trip. Sounds good, but that means every stop on the bus is considered a tour. When we advertise 17 tours, we mean 17 full days with multiple stops and proper full quality meals. We offer longer caravans than most companies. 30 to 90 days in length. We realize that our caravans are often too long for people who are not retired or have seasonal jobs. We do run one 30 day trip for those with more limited time. Even on that one we provide some relax time. Most people do not want to spend all their vacation behind a steering wheel. We offer the best price on an RV Caravan Adventure. This is because we are licensed to legally do many of our own tours rather than having to contract them out. We also give great deals for repeat customers, See here.
We do have some very flexible options for those who wish to do partial trips or customized trips, etc. We will take people who have mobility problems but we have to know what they are and detemine if they are able to do some or all of our tours. We will discount them for tours we feel they cannot do. It is also possible to do this trip without an RV, we will explain how.
We post blogs for our caravans so you can get a feel for what our trips are like. Read them HERE.
Note: Our prices are per rig based on 2 people. They are quoted in Canadian dollars. There is a reduction for singles and a surcharge for 3 or more. It is is possible to go down in Fall and come back in Spring. See pricing.
Our Pricing policy:
We now set our prices in Canadian dollars. This is due to the rapid rise of the US dollar against the Peso over the last 2 years. The value of the Canadian dollar against the Peso has been stable. This meant that by charging US dollars we were gaining income at the expense of Americans, and risking losing our considerable Canadian customer base due to a weak Canadian dollar. Unfortunately a lot of our overhead is in US dollars, not Pesos. This includes such things as advertising and some RV Parks in Mexico that are charging in US. However, our expenses that were in Pesos were adding to our profit. While nice for us, it's bad business practice, and unfair to customers. Unlike most caravan companies who are charging in US Dollars, and even increasing their prices each season, we felt it hypocritical. How can we complain about Mexican RV parks pricing in US dollars when we are doing the same? So hence the move to Canadian currency. American customers can still pay in US at the current exchange rate. The effect of this is to reduce prices a bit for both Americans & Canadians. We have also worked out mechanisms to avoiding paying using Visa, that will provide an additonal 3-5% discount. Canadians need to keep in mind that because you are purchasing direct from a registered Mexican company, there is no PST, GST or HST, saving about 12%, over booking a vacation with a travel agent. Our prices are usually about 40% less than our competition due to our much lower overhead costs.
The map below shows our normal route. There may be slight variations at times.
(1) Nogales (2) San Carlos (3) Huatabampito (4) Copper Canyon/El Fuerte (5) Mazatlan (6) Durango (7) Zacatecas (8) Guanajuato (9) Cuitzeo-Monarchs (10) Patzcuaro, (11) Guadalajara, (12) Melaque, (13) Lo de Marcos, (14) San Blas, (15) Mazatlan/Teacapan, (16) Alamos, (17) San Carlos (18) Nogales (19) Not shown, Mazamitla (spring only)
We have been serving RVers in Mexico for over 20 years. Your extra costs include vehicle permits, fuel, auto insurance & road tolls. We also run stand alone bus tours in Mexico. See our new web site at www.mexicobustours.com. We have a slide show available on line. You can view it HERE. We also have a FORUM. All participants are required to join Vagabundos del Mar RV Club, but we pay your membership.
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We include a 4 day Copper Canyon tour, including the first class train, first class hotels, meals, drinks, entertainment & tours. This is a $1600 US per couple value that is included in our price. Starting in Fall 2014/Spring 2015, we also include the Monarch Butterfly Preserve (on horseback). All RV Park fees are included, about 25 meals and 14-17 other full day tours plus Copper Canyon, depending on length plus maybe some inexpensive optionals at times. Not sure about Caravans? Check out my Sept 2014 RV Times article: Caravans
Our customers safety is our first consideration. We utilize toll highways as much as possible. Your chance of having an accident is far reduced. Our tours are usually escorted by the Green Angels, the Mexican equivalent of AAA. They are excellent mechanics and are in radio contact with the police and Mexico city. They do not charge for labor, only parts. Certain tours with only a few rigs may not have Green Angel escorts, but they can be summoned in case of problems. You will be pre-notified if this is the case.