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2019 & 2020 Season

Mexico Caravan

Escape Winter, book now for the trip of a lifetime with our Mexico RV Caravan Tours. Caravanas de Mexico & Vagabundos del Mar can offer you better prices on RV Tours to Mexico, as we are not only the most experienced supplier of RV tours to Mexico, we are also a registered RV Caravan company licensed to operate anywhere in Mexico. (see Certification document). We know more about Mexico than any other RV Caravan company. Caravanas de Mexico organizes tours and logistics for many other RV Caravan operators. We live in Mexico, and we know Mexico. People who have used us and other caravan companies always comment on how much better quality our tours our. That makes sense as we are Mexico Specialists, we do into operate anywhere else. This may be why Airstream uses us for their Mexico Caravans. We target both Snowbirds who want longer RV tours, and those who only have a few weeks to spare. For the 2020 season we are offering a Colonial City/West Coast Tour, and a 30 day Copper Canyon/Mazatlan RV Tour, as well as Yucatan and a tour for Airstream. We have several longer term stay over options available. We also do caravans in French. We do not operate in Baja, but that may soon change.

 

Yucatan RV Caravan tours are run in even years only.

On our Yucatan RV Caravan tours we visit some more obscure Mayan ruins that hardly anyone else goes to, but are still impressive. Yucatan trips are heavy on archaeological sites. This is the area of impressive pre-Columbian ruins and we go way beyond tourist-packed Chichen Itza. However, this route also provides plenty of beach time, nature and Colonial City Tours.

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Why a Mexico Caravan?

Mexico RV Tours

We offer longer fully escorted Mexican RV Caravan Tours down to the Yucatan and the west coast. Traveling with others is safer. Not because of bad guys, but because Mexico has many physical hazards to larger RV's. Our trips feature both city and beach camping, plus an opportunity to explore Mexico’s spectacular Copper Canyon on some of our caravans (all inclusive included). We usually try to include one of Mexico’s wonderful carnival celebrations.

Our Mexico RV Caravan Tours usually depart from either Nogales, Arizona or Mission, Texas. Depending on Wagon Master availability, there may be an option to exit at either Texas or Arizona for some of our tours, but an Arizona exit is the norm. All Tours & RV park fees are included, along with many high class meals. Many of our customers end up returning on their own to a favorite spot they discovered on our caravans.

We are licensed to legally do many of our own tours, rather than having to contract them out. This means you are using a company legally operating in Mexico, not a gray market operator. 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 determine if they are able to do some or all of our tours. We will discount them for tours we feel they cannot do. In some cases we will discount all tours and allow them to choose a la carte. Mexico's infrastructure for the handicapped is improving, but far from perfect. For someone in a wheelchair, it can depend on their weight. We had one customer in a wheelchair who weighed 90 lbs. No problem there, we could lift her, and her chair, across thresholds. Scooters may not be the answer, buses are not equipped to handle them and many streets are cobbled. We do what we can, however. Apart from tours, much of the enjoyment is in the journey itself and an individual with handicaps can enjoy that..

 

 

Why use us?

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Our prices are per rig based on 2 people. Prices include RV parks, a lot of meals and tours. There is a reduction for singles and a surcharge for 3 or more. It is possible to go down with one trip and come back with another. See pricing. We set prices in Canadian dollars (also US based on that), unlike most other companies who set prices only in US. Once you pay a deposit you are protected against Canadian/US currency swings.

We are based & fully licensed to operate in Mexico, although our 2 customer orientation reps are based in BC & Quebec, Canada to deal with customers in English or French. We pay our taxes in Mexico. This means we are "legally" licensed to operate tours in Mexico. Many companies are running caravans more ad hoc in Mexico. They are what we call Gray market, as they have no right to be operating a business down here unless they are sub contracting to a Mexican company. Technically that can put you at risk as their customers, if they are challenged on it. As soon as you pay them money, they are technically in violation of Mexican law if they do not have a business licence in Mexico and are running their own tours without a Mexican partner.

Furthermore, we have an extensive network of Mexican tour guides that we can call on if you break down. With some companies you are pretty much on your own. No caravan is going to wait, if you are stuck for a few days. Same with us, but we will ensure you at least have a Spanish speaking person with you to help resolve your issues. We have connections to the Green Angels who we can call on to assist you, and help you catch up once your problem is resolved. We know Mexico, its laws and its challenges. The current Mexican Tourist Minister is a personal friend of our owner.

Since we are licensed in Mexico and do not have to contract out services, we can offer better value for money. We run the best tours in Mexico, bar none. The old adage "you get what you pay for" is especially true in Mexico where you need a company who knows the ropes, rules and regulations. We also know where it's safe or not to take your rig.

 

 

 

Requirements

You will require a vehicle permit (we assist) and you may have to pay a $200-$400 US deposit on your vehicle. This will be returned to you when you cross back into the US. Really large RV's may not be suitable for our Yucatan trips, you need to check with us first for advice. ULSD diesel is also scarce in Mexico. This will not be the case by Dec 2018.

You will need passports, vehicle registration papers, Mexican vehicle Insurance, and you have to get a Mexican Tourist card (we assist). Please note you cannot take anything over a F350 or 3500 pickup into Mexico. Any size motor home (Class A, B or C) is OK. If you have a lien on your RV you will need a letter of permission from the lien holder. This is usually easy to obtain. If the RV is in a company name you will also need a letter of permission, even if it is your own company.

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Included in our Tours

All RV parks are included, plus plenty of tours & meals. We specialize in providing the sort of caravan you will not get with our competitors. We will take you to see sights you will not get to see with them, or on any other organized tour. We arrange tours for competitors, but save some of the more interesting and unusual stuff for our own customers. Our wagon masters are given far more leeway in what they organize, than is the case with most other caravan companies. We find most customers like a mix of the traditional organized tours with good meals, and some more ad hoc adventurous things organized by our Wagon Masters. You can get a lot better idea of what we are about, by downloading our extensive info package HERE

 

Safety

Our customers safety is our first consideration. We utilize toll highways as much as possible. Your chance of having an accident is far reduced, and they are easier on your rig. There are not a lot of tolls on this route and some wagon masters may opt for utilizing the free roads on some sections he is familiar with if there is a consensus. 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. As far as drug cartels are concerned, I have yet to see one in 10 years of RVing in Mexico. You are not a target, unless of course you are involved in drugs yourself. The dangers to tourists are highly overblown.