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Facts about Mexico
Stuff to See and Do
Hitchhiking has been slashed by Hollywood and fearful naysyers long enough. While there is an obvious risk you must be aware of, it is easy to be prepared, and to thwart any potential disaster from the first kilometer.
1) Have a sign. This cuts down on any confusion and motivates drivers who are going where you're going. It also communicates to someone who may pick you up the type of person you are before they have to pull over.
2) Have a safety story. This can be anything from "I just got back from Afghanistan" to "I'm a three time featherweight boxing champion". Pick something that suits you and is easily BS'd. That way, if any awkward situations come about, you can start filling the drivers head with tales of how many terrorists you've slain or competitors you've knocked out who tried to get the better of you.
3) Big smiles! A mandatory part of any successful day. The bigger the smile, the quicker you're going to get a ride. If you're still not sure, say a little prayer.
General Availability: Very High
Quality of Bandwidth: Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. Quality and reliability is higher in internet cafes than in hotels.
Frequency of internet in hotels: Medium most places. High in touristy areas
Frequency of internet in campgrounds: Zero in campgrounds. Medium in RV parks. High if there is a hotel associated with the camping/RV area.
Average cost to connect: Usually free. Places with fee usually charge around $10-20 pesos per hour If you need a steady connection, invest in a TelCel 3G modem (USB dongle). A powerful external wireless card with an antenna is also a good purchase, especially if you plan to stay in a lot of campgrounds. If you are going to setup a phone for making calls it doesn't cost much extra to add a data plan.