HOTELS IN MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA GUIDE BOOK. 2014 edition
In short , I have been travelling around Mexico since 1979 and expanded to Central America after the civil wars ended in Nicaragua and El Salvador and Guatemala .All the while I have spent my nights in small , economical,tidy ,family owned inns in all manner of places in all corners of all these countries.
A number of years ago I decided to compile a list of many such inns I frequent in a guide book and since then I have revisited those hotels I selected in an effort to bring pricing and details up to the latest date.I have also been checking hotels in interesting places just to collect such data. The list includes hotels in Mexico and all over Central America in regular small towns as well as the well known tourist destinations and near the famous archaeological sites. Hotels I choose are economically priced , good serviceable places with secure parking for a motorcycle or car, a fan, a toilet and shower.In many cases they have air conditioning and TV, or it is available at a small added fee and free Wifi is becoming very common . They are nothing to be ashamed of and in many cases they are quite fancy ,the equal of any chain motel in the US even at their low price.Ratings you might say range from 3 star to stardust to starlight. In some cases the motel was selected because I needed a place for the night and it was the only offering in town,
or it was an irresistable location and price .Or it might in the odd case be an emergency hotel stay to get off the road in bad weather or before nightfall and then proved to be a surprisingly good choice worthy of repeat visits and recommending to others .
I never travel with any detailed plan of route or overnight stops locked in .I never make reservations. If there are a number of inns to pick from I shop around for the least costly before I decide to choose and I have never been disappointed .I also carry a tent and light sleeping bag for those cases where I might not find a hotel and I have only used these once as such an emergency measure in 35 years, although I do camp occasionally. If one is prepared to camp outdoors then what should prevent one from camping indoors? We are not all millionaires travelling with a chase vehicle to carry our fancy clothes and cater to our vanity or insecurities. . If one must have hotels with all manner of luxury this book is not of interest.You can find plenty of $100 to $700 per night hotels with little effort- but you can forget about spending much time in the back corners of these countries.
My book is a simple affair, 14cm X 22cm, black and white on bond paper, a very easy fit in any tankbag ________# #####________
I have been constantly collecting more hotel locations on repeat trips .In time for January 2014 I have completed a rework for the Third Edition which now contains directions to even more hotels in more locations and important new changes to several rules for tourists.
To maintain a manageable size and ease the tank bag load for folks not yet ready to tackle Central America
the material is divided into two individual books.
Part I ( 196 pages)deals exclusively with Mexico - specific information and hotels. Part II ( 132 pages) contains the hotels across all of Central America , all CA specific information plus helpful information for the beginning tourist which applies to all countries " south of the border ". The Mexico - only traveller may leave the CA portion at home .
The new expanded and streamlined Third Edition 2014 , Part I Mexico, now contains directions and descriptions for 1151 hotels in 520 towns represented in every state of Mexico .In Part II Central America , you will find 442 hotels listed in 216 different towns throughout the easily accessible parts of all seven countries.
These hotels listed start in the Mexican border towns along the USA and extend to Yaviza ,Panama at the end of the pavement and start of the Darien Gap.
As has happened regularly over the last years my cost of printing has crept up again with each new batch and Canada Post recently announced that a month or so into 2014 the postage rates will again be substantially increased . To stay ahead of the break even point the new 2014 third Edition price will have to be increase somewhat. When the postal rate change kicks in I will review the price situation again. But I assure you that the entire cost of my book will be easily recouped if you stay at even only two or three of the hotels I list. If you were contemplating one of the big chain hotels in Mexico ..... you would recover the cost on one night 's stay at one of " my " hotels.
And I am not even considering the value of the general information and pointers I provide.
The two- book set will be sold together as a unit for $35 to any address in Canada and the continental USA . This INCLUDES cost of postage and handling from Ontario. .
Postage to other continents is considerably higher which makes sales there unattractive. However if you live in another continent and you are planning a trip through Mexico and CA starting from Canada or USA it may be worthwhile to consider finding a contact address in Canada or the USA where you could have it sent and then pick it up after arriving from Europe, Australia , Asia or Africa . For instance have it sent to a relative or a new friends's home, , a motorcycle shop where you have reservations for bike service or to a hotel you will be staying at .
If you would like a copy of the books you may send a US dollar or CDN dollar cashable cheque.
A postal money order is okay too but costs you more than a bank cheque.
Moneygram and Western Union forms of payment are very secure but they are also very expensive relative to the small amount of money you will send .
Make your cheque payable to , and mail it to ...
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The book is available only in this paper format. I have no computer nor computer skills beyond this style of posting, e-mail and web surfing.
In 2013 I signed up with PayPal and for all you electronically enabled whizzes you can now pay by sending a Paypal donation to my e-mail addressed account : email@example.com
Be sure to clearly state your return mailing address in that message to Paypal and include your"handle" from your ADV or HU site postings to simplify communication if a problem does arise in filling the order.
HOWEVER I must caution that such a near instantaneous payment mechanism may raise false hopes for you as a purchaser.
Please ,please remember that I do still remain the inept computer user I was before and the delivery system is still by way of the same postal sytems requiring the same delivery time for the book to reach you .
If you do go the PayPal route I will send off a book promptly when the order is received but it also opens a possibility that your payment languishes on the email in -box list without me knowing about it for a while if I am wandering around on the bike and out of Wifi zones or I forget to check my e-mail. This is because while on- tour I read the book order email and then use the telephone to call home to relay your address to my help who looks after the sending-out of books when I am on a trip .My help is even less computer savvy than I am and there is NO computer at home base, none at all , zero , got that?
PLEASE , GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF LEAD TIME before your planned trip and simply MAIL a personal cheque or cashiers cheque from your bank to me with your order letter for the book .Such cheques are fairly secure and will be deposited to my account after the required time for it to be cleared by the various banking channels. It may take a week or two but that is not a problem for me. BUT ... The book will be mailed out immediately when the order letter is received here on the very day or the following day .
Mail the cheque or other payment form to my address as noted above and include your clear return address.
If using Moneygram you should still mail that order to me and youMUST include that MONEYGRAM File number and your RETURN ADDRESS IN CLEAR UNMISTAKABLE PRINTING and also your ADV or HU handle or email address to clarify who I am dealing with or to communicate if there should be a problem.
There is no electronic " PDF" way to send or access my book .
I prefer such a paper book form over electronics because it is so transportable, no batteries required and it has immediate and random access when one is on the road.
In the book all towns with hotels are listed in alphabetic order per country .In the front of the Part I Mexico book I include a schematic index of towns listed in sequence as they appear along the highways and divided into various highway routes and regions. This makes it, I think, a fairly simple task to decide which routes one is interested in for a trip and then to highlight those potential hotel places on your map.
Obviously I make no claim to have every hotel in every location, but it will give a user the option of picking and choosing and at least of being sure there may be a hotel within range when heading to an unfamiliar destination. It gives peace of mind , less stuff to worry about.This can be of particular importance to a first-time traveller to Mexico with limited Spanish language skill. As travel experience accumulates and the Spanish improves the new traveller can apply the methods outlined in the book to strike out on his or her own to investigate other hotels. The hotels listed will in most cases place the traveller in the center of town and in the vicinity of a range of other hotels which can be investigated on your own if you wish.
For each location I include the name of the town, the state (in Mexico) , the highway numbers which connect it, a brief description of any especially important facts about it or nearby sites and possible alerts as to unexpected local features,scarcity of gas situations, long or tedious distances ( i.e tedious really often means slow going wonderfully curvy ,steep,scenic,mountainous or all of these!) to next possible hotel site. Hotels are listed by name and an example of recent price, room appointments,food availability if needed, and hotel location in town with an address. In many cases a small basic sketch map provides more help in finding it.
I spent hundreds of dollars in printing fees and am not even tallying the countless hours of collecting, compiling and typing the data, so I am aiming to a price above the break-even point .
If you need more info just e-mail me at the hotmail address firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVrider contact file pm s are okay but I may miss them for many days if I am away travelling and out of reach of free wifi zones.
And finally a repeat word on leaving adequate time for mail delivery. It takes about a week to 10 days for regular mail to travel across Canada and the USA, Therefor if you want the handbooks please order well before the time that you want to start off. Please avoid deciding you want one a week before departure date and then try to get a rush delivery by courier ( which gets way -ridiculous expensive if you get my attention in time and I am still around the homestead and not in Mexico that is)
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