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Wednesday, December 29th 2021

Who Was Pancho Villa?

One of the most famed and ruthless figures in Mexican history, Pancho Villa is also one of the most polarizing. Mexican legend is riddled with tales of Pancho Villa—tales of his heroism, his brutality, and his genius.

Thursday, December 23rd 2021

Guide to the History of Puerto Vallarta - Part III

The history of Puerto Vallarta is a rather unique one when compared to other resort beach towns in Mexico. Due to its geographical location where a river meets a bay, Puerto Vallarta was a successful trading village long before the arrival of the movie stars. Part III of this guide to Puerto Vallarta covers the history of Puerto Vallarta, so that you can better understand this wonderful city.

Monday, December 20th 2021

Three Kings Day

If you’ve lived in Mexico as an expat or traveled through Mexico during the holiday season, then you’ve likely realized that their Christmas celebration is very different from back home. That’s because Christmas in Mexico isn’t about giving gifts. Giving presents takes place on Three Kings Day in Mexico.

Monday, December 13th 2021

Guide to Puerto Vallarta Part I

Puerto Vallarta is unlike any other city in Mexico. I’ve been writing guides to Mexican cities for 4 years now, and Puerto Vallarta stands out among the most memorable Mexican cities. Whether you're an expat or nomad—or even a Mexican national—there's something for everyone in Puerto Vallarta.

Monday, December 13th 2021

Fresh Bread in Mexico

When people think of the staples in Mexico, they often think of tortillas—flour tortillas, corn tortillas—but they rarely think of bread. Surprisingly, fresh bread is a huge part of Mexican cuisine. Mexicans tend to live off fresh bread. Many Mexicans eat it every day. They might pair it with a soup or broth, but the most common way of eating fresh bread in Mexico is as a torta. A type of Mexican sandwich, a torta is often filled with taco fillings, like *bistec* or pork al pastor.

Monday, December 13th 2021

Puerto Vallarta Guide Part II

In this guide, you will learn about where to go to eat, drink, and mingle with locals in Puerto Vallarta. We’ll try and give a selection of different restaurants—sure to have one that will appeal to everyone. We’ll also add some bars with excellent atmospheres. Dive bars and chic bars, bars with live music, and quiet bars where you can have a conversation—it’s a great way to get to know the people of Puerto Vallarta.

Tuesday, November 9th 2021

Do I Have to Disinfect Lettuce in Mexico?

If you’re new to Mexico, then you may have wondered, *Do I have to disinfect lettuce in Mexico?* Well, the answer is: usually—with only a few exceptions. In this article, we’ll cover why you need to disinfect your produce, which foods you need to disinfect, and how to disinfect your lettuce and other vegetables.

Wednesday, November 3rd 2021

Yes, Mexico Is Cracking Down on Visas.

Anyone who stays for 180 days, leaves, and then comes back for another extended period within the same year is obviously living in Mexico and *not* living in their native country. These people are now being flagged by agents and given short FMM permit periods. Some tourists will be denied entry altogether. They will be encouraged to return to their home countries where they can apply for residency.

Wednesday, November 3rd 2021

Día de Muertos

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the life of loved ones. You can find fantastic festivities of Dia de los Muertos in Tepoztlan. Learn more about the history, traditions, and culture of Day of the Dead in Tepoztlan, Mexico.

Thursday, October 14th 2021

U.S. Embassy Responds to Detained Residents in Mexico

For the last few months, we at Expat Insurance have been hearing increasing reports of tourists—and even temporal or permanent residents!—being detained for *months* while the status of their visa is confirmed. We recommend that you carry your FMM, Temporal, or Permanente Visa on you at all times, as well as a form of legal identification such as your passport. Though we haven’t heard many accounts of people being stopped in their own cities, it’s probably a good idea to at least carry around a copy of your documentation with you to avoid any issue.

Tuesday, September 7th 2021

Overstayed Your Visa in Mexico? – Here’s What You Can Do

Have you overstayed your visa in Mexico? This article will tell you what to expect if you have to overstay your Mexican visa. Learn what to do if you have an expired visa in Mexico, including what the fees are and how to pay them. Trust me, I've overstayed my visa in Mexico. Click here to learn our secrets!

Tuesday, September 7th 2021

Mexico in WW2: An Overlooked Contribution

In this article, you'll learn about the role of Mexico in WW2. Discover Mexico's vital contribution to the war effort, the heroes who fought in the war, and what Mexico was like before, during, and after the war. Also, learn how the programs enacted has a lasting effect on US-Mexico relations. Click here to learn more!


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