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Photography & Art / Re: Cabo San Lucas - San Jose Del Cabo - Todos Santos
« Last post by Admin on November 24, 2016, 04:46:02 PM »
Photography & Art / Re: Cabo San Lucas - San Jose Del Cabo - Todos Santos
« Last post by Admin on November 24, 2016, 04:32:35 PM »
Photography & Art / Cabo San Lucas - San Jose Del Cabo - Todos Santos
« Last post by Admin on November 24, 2016, 04:10:40 PM »
Announcements / Special Home and Garden Tour Arrangements
« Last post by Melanie on November 03, 2016, 03:10:40 PM »
If there is anyone who would like a special, mid-week Amigos de Educación Home and Garden tour for a group, please contact Lorna Acosta at 428-0130 or by e-mail at We are happy to accommodate you and your guests.
Announcements / CALLING ALL HOMES
« Last post by Melanie on November 03, 2016, 03:06:32 PM »
CALLING ALL HOMES -- Would you like to join the list of homes toured on Saturday mornings by the Amigos de Educación Home and Garden Tour? It's a great way to contribute to our ongoing effort of raising scholarship money for local students plus sharing your wonderful space with interested tour participants.

If you are at all interested, please contact Lorna Acosta, President of the Amigos de Educación Board, by phone (428-0130) or email (

Announcements / Amigos de Educación House and Garden Tours
« Last post by Melanie on November 03, 2016, 02:53:26 PM »
The wonderful Saturday tradition of Amigos de Educación de Álamos Home and Garden Tour continues each Saturday at 10:00. am. Meet in the Plaza in front of the museo for a tour usually of three homes. Wear comfortable shoes for a pleasant walk through the lovely Alamos streets, led by your Amigos guide.

Send your guests, come yourselves, spread the word--all in support of raising scholarship money for local students. They sure could use your help and you can enjoy participating as a tour member and as a scholarship supporter.

Cost is $15 USD or peso equivalent. Larger donations are always appreciated.
Alamos / Travel Map - Nogales / Alamos
« Last post by Gary Newell on August 26, 2016, 03:26:19 PM »
The season is approaching when some of us will be traveling between Nogales and Alamos. Below, I have included a link to the Google Map which I have marked, showing the route and various features along the way. This may be helpful for travelers making this their first trip. You will find the places where to obtain a Tourist Visa, Vehicle Permit, Hotels for overnight stops, Telcel cellular activation, Toll booths and the fee for cars. Find where Costco, Home Depot and Walmart stores are located, as well as a Shopping mall with a Food court with clean restrooms. You can zoom in and out on the map, click links to websites and view photos. Feel free to view, however editing or adding additional stops is disallowed on this map. This map is best viewed on a Laptop computer or a Tablet, but smartphones are also supported. Enjoy!
General / 3/4 and 1 ton truck Temporary Vehicle Import Permit - new rules
« Last post by Gary Newell on August 24, 2016, 08:01:47 PM »
If you plan to drive a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup truck into Mexico, and obtain the Temporary Vehicle Import Permit sticker, here's something to consider...

According to "Mexico Mike" he writes this on his website:

As of May, 2016, Banjercito offices began denying permits to drivers of non-RV-titled vehicles with a GVWR of greater than 7,716.7 pounds.

The limit for a personal vehicle permit has been 3.5 metric tons for years. The weight limit used to be based on payload, but as of May, 2016, Banjercito officials began interpreting "weight" as GVWR (weight of vehicle + payload). I heard rumors of this, but I never believe rumors. So I personally went to two different crossings to ask Banjercito officials and got the same answer. That means no three-quarter or one-ton truck can get a permit. Most 5/8 ton Nissan Titans weigh too much (8,000 pounds). A Toyota Tundra generally does not.

If your title or registration does not show the GVWR, but only the weight of your vehicle (GW), you may be able to squeak through. Every state is different. Texas, for instance lists the weight and carrying capacity. Washington state lists the GVWR on the registration and a GVWR "class" on the title.

You'd think the officials would all know that a Ford F-250 or Chevy 2500 would be too heavy. I asked a Banjercito official. She shrugged and said she only knows what is put in front of her. However, at the Pichilingue ferry, the officials come out and look at the weight rating in the door of your vehicle. I am told they do that at the Guatemala crossings too. On the northern border, so far, they don't.

Some people feel more comfortable getting their vehicle permit online, which might be a good idea if your vehicle is too heavy, but your title or registration doesn't specifically say so.

My advice? Take another vehicle if you can. Try the online route. Otherwise, if you want to chance getting a permit (TIP), be prepared to be turned down at the border and sent home. If you are heading to Guatemala and coming back through Mexico, don't even get a vehicle permit online.
Alamos Weather / TS Javier Update 08-08-16
« Last post by Weather Guy on August 08, 2016, 10:43:52 AM »
Tropical Storm Javier has strengthened over the last 24 hours and is predicted as a near miss for Cabo San Lucas later today, winds up to 60 MPH are possible and 5" of rain for the region.  Here in Alamos we woke up to cloudy skies and blustery wind, with already a trace of rain. Through the week we may see up to 3" here, the concern, at this point, is how much rain falls to the East of us, up in the mountains. Southern Sonora was included in this mornings WU news, quoted below.

"Another threat is the potential for heavy rain and flooding. Rainfall totals of 3-6 inches (locally up to 10 inches) are expected over coastal parts of the Mexico's Sinaloa and southern Sonora states into Baja California."

While not a strong storm, in terms of wind speed, it is a large, and still dangerous system.  40 death reported as TS Earl passed over Mexico last weekend! Currently the TS is 75 miles from Cabo, 350 miles from Alamos and this morning's weather is courtesy of Javier.

Stay safe, stay dry, and keep the kids out of the Arroyos !!!

The Weather Guy
Alamos Weather / Hola Javier !! ? ...
« Last post by Weather Guy on August 07, 2016, 11:13:19 AM »
...Remember the part about exciting things can happen any day? Well now we have one of those days. The post cyclone, tropical low, remnant of Hurricane Earl that came ashore as a Cat 1 storm in  Belize Thursday night has traversed across southern Mexico in the last 24 hours (this is the any day part) emerging as TD 11-E and been reincarnated as Tropical Storm Javier. From it's onset Earl has been anything but a typical storm. Only reaching Cat 1 strength hours before land fall, it is a very large system bringing a lot of rain along its path. Although for systems to traverse Mexico, in either direction, is not unusual for a storm to re-form and come ashore is a rare occurrence! The 9:00 AM initial track gives a high probability of TS Javier hitting Cabo San Lucas on Tuesday.  See the attached link below for the complete description of this unusual, at the least, event.

So now what will this do in terms of weather for Alamos? Already the 10 day forecast shows a rainy week ahead for possibly two or more inches of rain with up to 5" in the mountains to the south and east. These predictions are based on the initial 9:00 AM and are certainly subject to change over the next two days. This is still a large, moisture laden, and potentially dangerous system, which is already predicted to impact the SW US with significant rainfall. We should all remain cautious over the next 3 days as TS Javier approaches the Baja, look for a follow up posting Tuesday AM.

By for now, stay safe and check back soon,

The Weather Guy
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