About 2 months after my trip with TPR, I took another quick trip to Mexico City to visit a friend and got food poisoning. We ended up going to the doctor to take care of it, and everything including prescriptions out the door was about $40 USD. This was my first experience with a doctor that was actually, you know, affordable.
Fast forward another month or so, and I have planned another week long visit to Mexico City! Yay! Airplane tickets purchased! That same night, I chipped my tooth on a life saver. Crap! So I made some phone calls, and it turned out that it was going to cost me about $900 - $1000 to fix my mouth. That's basically my Mexico budget. I'm screwed!!! What to do...what to do...
I suddenly remembered the whole doctor incident so I thought, 'well, why don't I see about getting my tooth fixed in Mexico?' I contacted some friends that live in Tijuana, they were on board, and the very next day, another adventure began!
How often do you see the 5 this empty during the day? Better exit here...
Yay! Didn't expect to be coming back this soon, but sometimes life is unpredictable.
Hello, old friend!
So yeah, I took care of business. It turns out I would have to stay the night, but the whole thing out the door was $122. Instead of $900 - $1000 just 1 mile north.
Tijuana is definitely NOT Mexico City or Guadalajara, but it's...interesting. I'm glad I had local friends to say the very least.
What does any self respecting coaster enthusiast do when the dentist appointment ends far earlier than anticipated? Credit time!!
Mundo Divertido is about 2 miles into Tijuana, and is a very easy drive or cab ride from the border. We took this group taxi van thing that was $6 pesos each. That's about $0.50 USD
They have 3 coasters, the Pinfari previously pictured, called Montaña Rusa (Spanish for Roller Coaster), this Italian mouse...
...which is called Raton Loco. Haven't been on this style of mouse before. RCDB says it's a 'L&T Systems / Wild Mouse / Wild Mouse 30x20'
It was a very small park but looked really nice! There's the required Pirate Ship!
Our first ride was Montaña Rusa, which I was a little afraid to ride, but if I can get dental work in Tijuana, I can do anything.
The station is...you know, standard.
That turn just looks wrong.
You can see the exit platform on the right. It's totally un-manned. You just kinda stop, the restraints come off, and you leave.
Time to ride! YOLO!
A nice shot of their rock wall and Raton Loco (this means Crazy Mouse in Spanish, in case you missed it earlier in the thread)
The final credit was something I was becoming all to familiar with, a Wacky Worm called Gusano Loco (Crazy Worm).
I had to drag my friend onto this. He was like 'no way that's for kids.' I was like 'whatever dude, it's a roller coaster. It counts!'
The go kart track looked fun. Do you see Jesus in the distance?
Random pic of the go kart station and the pirate ship.
Cute little bug mushroom ride thing.
This is the mascot of Mundo Divertido. Hola!!!
Once again, the park was really 'cute.' Totally small, but cute and fun.
In Tijuana, you see much more English/Spanish mix than you do down in Mexico City or Guadalajara.
The park had a whole indoor section as well, with arcade games and some smaller flats. This whole park is mostly for little kids.
We needed extra tickets to ride the Go Karts, these are the single tickets (as opposed to the sheet I bought earlier).
Hooray, Go Karting! Can I now say I have technically driven in Mexico?
They had a stage set up. My totally pro pictures don't show it, but there were a TON of school children here this day. Unlike Knotts though, the kids all waited in line and were totally polite.
Swing ride with stage area in foreground.
I don't know how this picture ended up here, but this is the monorail, which leaves the park and cruises around the mall that the park is in.
Another shot of the indoor area, it had multiple levels.
There's the mascot again! And some of the kids I was talking about.
Lots to do inside, except that there wasn't any air conditioning inside and it was kind of miserable.
I really wanted to ride the monorail, but it was closed. Anyway, off we went, caught another MX$6 ride back to the tourist district.
This is, by far, the classiest thing I have ever seen in a hotel.
I believe that was a goat painted like a Zebra? This one may be a pony but I know I saw a couple of goats. Some kind of zebra fetish goin on down there...
This is the Arco del Reloj (Time Arch), it's pretty big and makes freaky twangy noises from all the cables. I guess the 'reloj' hasn't worked in a while. It's just a black screen.
Once again, freakin delicious. I don't know what it is, maybe it's the meat, but all Mexican Food tastes better in Mexico.
Didn't your mother ever tell you to stay away from Tijuana??
So obviously, we did go out that night, but all you're going to see is this picture of empty shot glasses and a Gatorade lid full of salt. All you can drink for MX$130 (about $10 USD).
The next morning, we had some delicious sea food, I had Ceviche. Mmmmm. Tortillas were excellent too.
Cancer de Mama! Collect them all!
I finished fixing my tooth, and headed back home to that other country to the north.
Yeah, that one. It's kind of a long walk, through several paseos and across a few bridges. Notice the dentist? There are about 2,000 dentists in Tijuana. I'm glad I had friends who took me to their own dentist, otherwise I probably wouldn't have done this. Still, I saved about $750!!! I'm getting all my dental work done in Mexico until I have dental insurance again.
The line to get back into the USA was about 1/2 a mile long, took just under an hour to be standing on our 'soil' or whatever.
One last shot at the line. This bridge above us is the way to get over to the tourist district. Anyway, up next is some more touristing around in Mexico City! I also visited La Feria again, not a ton of pictures but I will share!!! PLEASE COMMENT! Tell me what you think!
Last edited by WFChris on Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:28 pm.
Wow, I wish we had a Mexico next door to NZ where I could get my teeth done! That's awesome!!
Good on you for credit whoring Tijuana, Chris. Those Pinfari coasters look a little rickety, but I figure if TPR can get on some of those incredibly dodgy-looking Chinese knock-offs, a Pinfari probably isn't too bad. Looking forward to more.
How was the overall feel behind the border? While it is deemed safe to go to the capital our government websites still have security warnings for the "US/Mexican border area" at the Mexico entry. Aside from that it is a real hassle to visit Mexico from the US if on a Visa Waifer.
That entry portal to Mexico looks like the entry to some kind of prison...
I'm from Mexico City and I've never been to Tijuana, but it looks kinda bad, unlike the rest of Mexico! Cancún, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Querétaro, Puebla and Veracruz are incredibly beautiful!
The 'overall feel' in Tijuana is kind of wild-west-y to me. Like, something good or bad can happen. The tourist areas have seen better days, but they are still fun. Tijuana is in no was a city that represents the rest of Mexico even though I get the feeling that many Californians judge the whole country by their experiences in Tijuana.
It's a huge city and I'd imagine that you would run into trouble if you decided to go exploring outside of the business districts or tourist designated areas.
My advice is to study the area, know where you want to go, and to not be an idiot. I did go out and drink, but I also had locals with me, I never drink so much that I can't make decisions for myself, and I always knew how to get to my hotel on foot. If you don't have experience using caution while traveling I would probably hold back on a trip to Tijuana.
I went back to Tijuana a few times. I like to get drunk here. I also REALLY like this picture.
Tijuana is a hot mess.
My first white pozole, and it was all random animal parts in there, still mega tasty and AWESOME. I think this was like MX$35.
Tijuana is a hot mess. I don't know why it looks like I have a gold tooth.
I concur. Anyway, lets get out of Tijuana, NOW! Off to MEXICO CITY AGAIN!!! YAY!!!!
Helpful hint! Have a map of the local metro system on your smartphone, or print one out! Especially when the metro system looks like this.
My friend and I made a stop at Museo Frida Kahlo...again for me.
And we explored Coyoacán a little bit. There are lots of markets, vendors, and food in this neighborhood. It's a lot of fun.
Panorama of one of the pretty gardens in the central square area of Coyoacán.
We scored rooms at the Fiesta Inn for $64 a night after taxes. Business class hotel, sky rise, pretty close to everything!
I honestly saw a lot less of this in Mexico than I was expecting to. In fact this is the only time I saw it!
Group photo at the best restaurant ever!!! If you like habanero salsa and pozole anyway!!! We spent the week with Omar (next to me), and we met up with these other CFMR members a few times throughout the week.
Stopped by El Ángel de la Independencia again. Still looking good!
The next day we decided to take a trip over to the Castillo de Chapultepec. Casatillo means Castle.
It's in Chapultepec Park, same place as La Feria, and the park is huge and beautiful. You can easily spend a week exploring everything here.
To get to the Castle, it's a LONG spiraling walk up the hill.
Like, REALLY long. And they make you throw away your water bottles at the bottom. Lame!
You slowly emerge above the treeline, and vistas like this pop up.
La Feria is in this picture. That little stick thing is the drop tower. It's there I promise.
We finally made it to the top! Who knew this was up here? Looks awesome!
View down the hill and into the city from the Castle.
Inside, there is a TON of history and art. We got there with 45 minutes to go before it closed so it was a whirlwind visit.
Lots of gaudy stuff like this. A lot of the stuff here dates back to Spanish rule of Mexico.
I really liked the ska tiling.
Another view from the top. To be honest, I was up here more for the views than the history. I mean, with 45 minutes you can't really pay too much attention.
Another gaudy historic Spain thing...
This is the view down Reforma. If you go far enough down that street, you will get to El Angel.
Fun Fact! The USA flew their flag here at the conclusion of the Mexican American war. I feel pretty lousy about that.
Probably a killer place to have a party. A ska dance party.
The big entry plaza at the top of the hill around the Castillo. What does any self respecting coaster enthusiast do when the attraction they're at closes?
Find the nearest roller coaster! I was HEARTBROKEN when I learned that Infinitum wasn't running. Got to ride Montana Rusa and Cascabel again though!
And the drop tower that was closed when we visited with TPR!
It was probably the most tame drop tower I've been on. But I love drop towers and they can't all be perfect.
This picture is pretty perfect though. Totally a facebook cover photo.
How did I miss this gem during the TPR tour?! It was really dumb. Just rocked up and down and showed a random volcano exploding video.
Can you find it? Do you see it? It's pretty 'hidden.' Takes a keen eye....
I love the happy park mascots!
Almost as much as I love everything about this candy product. I saw 3 VW beetles driving around the city with afro's on them advertising this.
That night for dinner we got really, really, extremely wonderful, excellent tasting seafood.
LoL. We're pretty sure it's a jukebox.
This Diablo Shrimp was actually diablo. Mission accomplished! BTW I won that totally legit licensed Cars branded thing at La Feria.
We drank some beers, and listened to this guy sing for a while, but we were pooped. Done for the day. Stick around for a visit to Xochimilco... one of the coolest places I have EVER been!!! POST COMMENTS. Keep this thread relevant!! lol
Last edited by WFChris on Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:05 pm.
Ok, this is getting to be too much. No one should be allowed to show off this much fun in such a short time span. I really want to go now. Again, wonderful to see someplace most of us will not get a chance to go to. Keep on giving us these awesome reports.
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