Travel with kids and dog

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#1 Thu, 07/14/2016 - 16:17

Travel with kids and dog

Looking for advice from people who have travelled Mexico and Central America with kids and pets. We are leaving in a couple weeks for our big adventure and would appreciate hearing tips and cautions from people with experience and not from people trying to use fear mongering like we are recieving at home now. 

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 23:38

You are right - there is more

You are right - there is more fear mongering than you would believe.  Presume you are in the USA ??  My sister and friends in the USA were convinced I would be dead before I got into Guatemala.   They wanted me to write out new wills, get my blood group tattooed on my wrist, and buy an id bracelet, carry a gun etc etc  - and they were the easy bits !!!  Unbelieveable.  But the result was that when I set off I was as nervous as hell.

And as the trip unfolded, I slowly relaxed, and have never had such a great year in my entire life.  I made so many friends (local and Overlanders), and had so many wonderful experiences, and just loved it.   

About half way down bunches of us (you end up travelleing at a similar speed to some who you then see every so often) would be sitting around the table in the evening, drinking $2 bottles of delicious Chilean or Argentinian wine or cerveza, chatting away in English / French / German / Dutch (which all comes out as a kind of Spanglish !), and a common subject is "Are you having any problems ?".  "No, are you?"  "No".  And so it goes on until you realise that apart from the odd bad luck story (which could easily have happened at home), no one is having any problems - everyone is having the time of their lives !! 

I m not saying don't be careful - You need to be very aware of where you are and what is happening around you.  But if you do that, and learn a little Spanish, you will have a ball.

And as for travelling with kids and dogs - Probably even safer as they love kids down there (as long as they are well behaved !! Same with the dogs !)  We met lots of people with both, and as long as all the paperwork is in order (esp with the dog), shouldn't be an issue. 

Regarding entering Mexico, I would suggest entering through Mexicali and going down through Baja, then catching the ferry across from La Paz to Mazatlan .  Why ?  Well, Mexicali is a lovely quite border (pick your time, of course !), where it is easy to do all your paperwork.  Baja is great, and an easy way to slowly get used to being in a foreign country, but is still very western, so you can ease into shopping etc.  You also miss the craziness that exists along the Mexican border from McAllan all the way across.  Basically going down through Baja is a good example of "be sensible" - If you don;t expose yourself to the potentially higher risk areas, then, ergo, you are safer !!

You will have a great trip !!



Mon, 10/10/2016 - 14:57

Family in Colombi whit 3 kids now

We are near to Cartagena Colombia traveling whit 3 kids 2, 5 and 7... if we are in this zone send me mail [email protected]

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 04:45

Kids and a Dog?

Leave the poor dog at home! It will be cooped up in a cage most of the time and miserable!

Kids are great, but, make damned sure you have all of the legal documents necessary to travel with them. Be able to prove in Spanish that they are your kids or you can lose them! For example, it is easy to get kids into Costa Rica and a nightmare to get them back out! I once helped friends get their children out of Costa Rica; I tell no one, but, those who are desperate to leave with their own children how we did it. Please do not make their mistake!