Living & Lifestyle

Mexico Newsletter —
July 2022

This month: Enjoying summertime living and leisure in Mexico; Benefits of a custom tour; Residency visa exchange; Guidance for lifestyle planning; and more...

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Your monthly Mexico newsletter is filled with inspiration, meaningful knowledge, helpful connections, and tips for better living, lifestyle, and leisure in Mexico.

Easy living through the summer season in Mexico

June 21st marked the beginning of the summer season in Mexico—which brings high temperatures, refreshing rains, color and vibrancy to the land.  On June 10th we marked the 20th anniversary of and as summer begins to unfold, we are implementing further improvements to make Mexperience more helpful to you.

The seasonal rains have begun and the landscapes are now swiftly turning from yellow and brown to emerald green.  You can learn more about the attractions of the rain season in Mexico here on Mexperience; and if you’re living here, we also share tips for living well when the rains come.

Summer is a busy time on Mexico’s roads and highways as schools break for the summer recess and families travel for leisure, and to visit friends and relatives.  Whether you have your own car or are renting a vehicle for a road trip this summer, our section about driving in Mexico helps you to plan ahead and travel safely on Mexico’s roads.

Benefits of a custom made tour

Whether you’re visiting Mexico for a short vacation or living here and seeking to discover more of the the country you’ve adopted as your home, a custom tour enables you to make the most of your leisure time and absorb the experience of the activity instead of grappling with the details and logistics.

We work with travel partners who know Mexico intimately and craft custom tours that offer a distinctive alternative to the banalities of mass tourism. Our section about Custom Tours of Mexico helps you to discover choices and connect with travel specialists who can help you to craft your customized trip.  We’ll be adding more custom tours in the weeks and months ahead.

  • Monarch Butterflies: A customized tour makes your visit to the butterfly sanctuaries an effortless journey, enabling you to fully absorb the experience of this remarkable migration
  • Copper Canyon: An expertly crafted custom tour of the Copper Canyon ensures your time is spent absorbing this outstanding train journey and the breathtaking scenery around you

Residency visa exchanges

Our immigration assistance service can help with your Mexico residency application from the initial application stage to obtaining you residency card; however, some people who already have their residency visa stickers in their passports are contacting us to ask about the procedures for the visa-to-card exchange process—that must be undertaken before the visa expires and within 30 days of your physical arrival date.

Immigration Assistance

When you need assistance with your residency permit application or renewals, regularization procedures, expired permits, or troubleshooting, consider using our Mexico Immigration Assistance Service.  If you already have your visa and need help exchanging that for a card in Mexico, we offer a visa-to-card exchange assistance option in partnership with our associates.

Guidance and resources for lifestyle planning

Regardless of your life stage, there are some key elements you ought to consider as you make your lifestyle plans and prepare for a move to Mexico. Taking time to consider these key factors will help you to step back and define your intentions, discover what lifestyles Mexico offers, identify opportunities of interest to you, weight up the compromises, consider your options, and plot a course based on the things that are important to you—and Mexperience offers you a comprehensive range of resources and contacts to help you realize your plans.

Safe and enjoyable road trips in Mexico

There’s nothing quite like a road trip to help you feel a sense of liberty as you drive across open highways surrounded by Mexico’s spectacular scenery—whether that’s a clear ocean view, the vast expanse of the desert, skirting around majestic mountains and volcanoes, or discovering a road that traverses through one of Mexico’s tropical forests.  Here are some recent updates and links to resources that will help you to plan and enjoy your road trips across Mexico.

Get the insurance coverage you need to drive with peace of mind in Mexico

Your US or Canadian auto insurance policy will not cover you for third party liability when you’re driving in Mexico.  Mexperience is pleased to refer our readers to MexPro auto insurance, which offers comprehensive coverages valid in Mexico using English-language policies backed by a fully-licensed US insurance broker.  Get a quote online.

Language study and literature

The slow summer days are an ideal opportunity to take a pause and become absorbed in some literature and language study.  If you’ve been intending to learn (or improve) your Spanish conversation skills, our associate’s online course can help with that.  And if you want to discover some literature related to Mexico, our articles offer some insights…

Mexico lifestyle notebook – July 2022

Enjoy highlights of hand-picked articles that have been recently added or updated, as well and gems from our archives.

Cooking-up a mountain: If you enjoy preparing your own food, you’ll need to take into consideration the effect higher elevation has on boiling, cooking, and baking in Mexico

Dressing against the mosquitoes: The rain season brings a proliferation of mosquitoes as the heat and moisture propels the females to breed. This article shares practical advice and tips for dealing effectively with mosquitoes when you’re visiting or living in Mexico.

The esteemed bean: Mexico is the birthplace of cacao —chocolate was unknown to Europeans before Columbus— and the esteemed bean is an integral part of Mexico’s history.

Bring your pets: Mexico has specific rules and procedures for the import of animals, including domestic pets, whether you are visiting Mexico or staying longer term.

Leave your car behind: Some foreign residents live well in Mexico without owning a car. Whether you can live without one depends on your lifestyle situations and your personal priorities.

No deed indeed: Some property transfers in Mexico offer possession but not legal title; this article explains the practicalities of buying and selling untitled land.

Love thy neighbor: Often overlooked, third party liabilities related to your Mexican property can be mitigated with adequate insurance cover.

How time flies: Discover answers to common questions about time limits as well as exit/entry rules for Mexico visitor visas and residency permits.

Patience and acceptance: To settle well and be content in Mexico, you’ll need to seek compromise, be accepting, and learn how to craft your situations on Mexico’s terms.

Matthew Harrup is founder and editor of Mexperience.

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Discovering more of Mexico

Mexperience offers extensive resources to help you discover, plan and realize your lifestyle and leisure experiences in Mexico.

Immigration and residency

Our extensive collection of articles and our free eBook, updated annually, help you to learn about what you need to acquire and maintain your legal residency in Mexico.

Immigration Assistance

When you need assistance with your residency permit application or renewals, regularization procedures, expired permits, or troubleshooting, consider using our Mexico Immigration Assistance Service.

Lifestyle planning

Our Mexico Lifestyle Planning section offers local knowledge, insights, inspiration, and ideas to help you consider choices and make your Mexico lifestyle plans.

Mexico home life

When you’ve made the move to Mexico, our Mexico Home Life section shares local knowledge, ideas, and inspiration to help you discover opportunities and settle-in well to your home and living spaces in Mexico.

Driving and road trips

Driving your own vehicle across Mexico’s extensive and well-developed road network provides an ideal way for you to explore these diverse lands and become acquainted with the local topography, the regions, the culture, and the local people in ways that no other means of transport can match.

Insurance coverages

A range of Mexico-related insurance services exist that can mitigate the effect and expense of unforeseen events and mishaps when you’re here.

Property and dwelling spaces

Our extensive articles and free eBooks share local insights and advice to help you find, settle-in and manage your home and dwelling spaces in Mexico.

Your leisure time

Whether you’re visiting Mexico or living here, there’s an abundance of travel and leisure options for you to explore and experience.

Mexico-US land border

Entering Mexico: Mexico does not require visitors to show proof of vaccination to enter the country.  Tourist permits (FMMs) and temporary import permits for vehicles (TIPs) are being issued as normal.

Entering the US from Mexico: The land border restrictions imposed by the US on visitors by land from Mexico, introduced in March 2020 due to Covid-19 have been lifted, but only for visitors who can show an approved vaccination certificate. US Citizens and US legal residents do not need to show this certificate. This article describes the reopening of the Mexico-US land border.

Spanish language study

Learning or improving your Spanish will enhance your experiences in Mexico, if you’re visiting, and especially if you’re living here.

Mexico Assistance Services

Connect to helpful Mexico Assistance Services that enable you to realize your Mexico plans.


  • When you need help applying for residency, or help renewing your existing residency permit (or working through a ‘regularization’ procedure after a mishap), consider using our Mexico Immigration Assistance Service, that offers detailed consultancy, personalized advice, and practical help through the process.








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