Living & Lifestyle

Mexico Newsletter —
June 2022

This month: 20 years of Mexperience; Refreshing rains; Lifestyle consulting and conversations; What is a RFC?; Time scales for residency permits; 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.

Mexperience celebrates 20 years online

June 10th, 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of This website (and the internet at large) has come a long way since then; our sincere thanks to everyone who has accompanied us since the early days as well as those who recently found us.

Rain season refreshment

The first major rainstorms of the year are beginning to spring-up in some regions across Mexico and the first shoots of green are beginning to emerge from the dry and brittle landscape left parched by the dry season.

Strong windstorms are a sure sign of the seasonal change; they bring a distinct smell of moisture that lingers in the air, and when those first seasonal rain storms break the dry spell, they leave behind an unmistakable scent of earth moistened by the refreshing downpours.

June 21st heralds the start of summer in Mexico, and by early July the landscape ought to become noticeably transformed by the seasonal rains.

Time scales for residency visas and cards

As we mentioned in last month’s newsletter, the electronic booking system for appointments at immigration offices in Mexico is currently off-line, requiring applicants to attend immigration offices in person to ask for appointment dates. This, coupled with the demand for residency permits, has extended processing times for obtaining visas at Mexican consulates abroad, and the exchange of those visas for residency cards in Mexico.

Preparing for your road trips in Mexico

Spring and summer bring heavier traffic to Mexico’s roads, and additional care ought to be exercised as the rains begin. The rain season is starting, and balding tires are especially risky this time of year, so double check your tread. We offer an extensive collection of articles as well as a free eBook about driving and road trips in Mexico to help you drive safely and enjoyably in Mexico.

It’s less expensive to be insured than to pay car accident damages

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.

Summer travel plans in Mexico

Summer is an ideal time of year to visit the Copper Canyon, as the rains cause the rivers to swell and the moisture imbues life, color and fragrance into the canyons’ natural habitats.  We’re working now with our travel partners to bring you more travel and leisure options starting this summer (stay tuned); and we’ve also started working with a specialist hotel booking company that offers Mexperience readers specially negotiated rates at hotels in Mexico.

Mexico lifestyle notebook – June 2022

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

RFC 101: The RFC is a registration number issued by Mexico’s tax collection agency, SAT. This FAQ describes what it is, how it’s used, and how to apply for it.

Keeping up the pressure: The majority of Mexico’s water delivery is not served by pressurized systems, requiring some ingenuity to create water pressure in your home or building.

Foreign Native: The expression ‘malinchista harks back five centuries to the native woman Malinche, who served as interpreter for Hernán Cortés.

Seeking shiny things: Learn about stores and emporiums where you can buy imported foods and goods which years ago were not available anywhere in Mexico.

Frequently answered: Series of articles with Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) on key topics about lifestyle and leisure in Mexico.

A gentle landing: Exploring a tidy arrangement of words in Spanish usage that most usually leads to the listener’s disappointment.  See also: PinPoint Spanish

Calling me, calling you: Mexican cell phone plans offer unlimited calling and generous data allowances across Mexico, the US, and Canada—it’s never been more affordable to keep in touch.

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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