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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.

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

Groundwater Quality in Guanajuato

This brief study of groundwater in Guanajuato covers the basics of groundwater and aquifer use, and the overexploitation of groundwater in Guanajuato. It also highlights the groundwater quality in San Miguel de Allende. And it lastly covers radiation found in groundwater in Guanajuato. Click here to learn more!

Tuesday, September 7th 2021

Quesadillas Without Cheese?!? – Quesadillas Don’t Always Have Cheese in Central Mexico

Quesadillas without cheese?!? In this article, you will learn about the controversy surrounding the term quesadillas. Quesadillas don't always have cheese in Central Mexico. Learn about the history of this interesting phenomenon, and the cultural clash that has grown around this. Click here to learn more.

Tuesday, September 7th 2021

How Raising Minimum Wage in Mexico Can Affect You

Did you know that they are raising minimum wage in Mexico? In this article you'll learn about how this wage increase came about, whether it will affect inflation rates, and how this could affect the lives of American expats for better and worse. Click here to learn more!

Tuesday, September 7th 2021

Why Do Mexicans Eat Grapes on New Year’s Eve?

If you've been to a New Year's party in Mexico, then you might have seen people eating grapes on New Year's Eve in Mexico. You have likely wondered, Why do Mexicans eat grapes on New Year's Eve? In this article, you'll learn the history of this unique tradition. Don't be a clueless expat, click here to learn more!

Tuesday, September 7th 2021

What Are Tamales?

If you've wondered what are tamales then this article is for you. Discover the rich history of tamales that spans 10,000 years! Also, see what tamales are like in other countries outside of Mexico in this fascinating article. Click here to learn more!

Tuesday, September 7th 2021

Nopal Cactus: Sustainable Food of the Future?

Do you like nopal cactus? Well, it might be the sustainable food of the future. Learn about how nopal cactus is helping people in arid areas grow enough food to feed themselves and their livestock. Also, discover a myriad of benefits growing nopal cactus has on other farm produce. Click here to learn more!

Tuesday, September 7th 2021

San Mike or San Cris? – Differences between San Cristóbal and San Miguel

Have you ever been to San Cristóbal de las Casas or San Miguel de Allende? Have you ever heard anyone compare San Mike and San Cris? In this article, you will learn the differences between the colonial pueblos of San Cristóbal and San Miguel. Click here to discover which might be a better fit for your next vacation!


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