Going International…Walking across the Border to Mexicali
While traveling so close to an international border, you can’t help but wonder what lies on the other side. Why wonder when you can nip the curiosity in the bud and just go check it out! That is precisely what we did while in Calexico, California.
We parked Windy in a safe spot and hoofed it across the border. That’s right, we walked and we highly recommend it! Taxis in the city are easy to come by and you don’t have to worry about overpriced rides, that’s mostly in tourist towns.
Mexicali is an industrial driven city and if you don’t have a plan, you might not find much to do. There are a few historical buildings spread out around town and a couple of unique spots to explore. Most of the locals don’t speak English which can be an additional road block. If you ask them what they do for fun well, they go elsewhere. Just a few hours away are the mountains and the ocean, which is where I would suggest you go if you are planning a trip.
The traffic lines for cars to get out of Mexico can be crazy! Not only are you stuck for hours but the street vendors (aka harassers) can be a bit much. You can end up spending your last pesos on china made trinkets and spicy candy. As if all of that isn’t enough, one guy even tried to sell me a puppy! Luckily on foot, it’s easier to turn them down and you don’t have to wait in line to get back to the good ol’ USA.
If you are thinking of making a run to the border, spend a day in Mexicali but continue your journey south. Have fun, be safe and don’t forget to buy your Mexican insurance before you cross the border.
Let the adventure begin…
Have you ever walked over to another country? Tell us your experience in the comments below.