The US and Mexico have been working for several years to modify and upgrade the crossing points in to Tijuana for several years. The US has fully rebuilt the San Ysidro crossing going North to the US and continues to expand with additional auto lanes and streamlined pedestrian crossing.
Likewise in Mexico the El Chaparral crossing has created numerous additional auto lanes but not so much for pedestrians until now. The new Puerta Este for pedestrian crossers looks much more like you are arriving at an airport than any pedestrian facility seen before at a US border crossing.
For the most part the crossing is simple and crossers may be requested to push a button that will give a green light or red light. The green light means go on your way while the red light means you will be asked a few simple questions such as how long are you visiting Mexico, where you will visit and if you have anything to declare. The majority of people passing through the facility will have little scrutiny.
What is true, no matter if you are crossing by vehicle or on foot in to Mexico that there is much more scrutiny than ever before. The number of Customs Officials has increased dramatically. Click here to view a previous post regarding visa requirements to visit Tijuana.
Full story at San Diego Union Tribune.
More information to come!
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The Guadalupe Valley Vendimia Festival will run from August 1 through August 17.
The Fiestas de la Vendimia is about celebrating the grape harvest and wine making. Most of the vineyards are open for tours and tastings. There are several large events including entertainment, local foods and of course wine.
For more information about the event: Go to the ProVino website or visit the Provino offices in Ensenada, at Av. 20 de Noviembre 1138-2, Zona Centro. Phone: Provino at +52 (646) 178-3038 or 178-2949. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A listing of vineyards and wineries is available here.
The Baja Wine Country guide is available for download here.
Map from MexicoDesconocido.com.mx.
The Supreme Court ruled the prohibition against same sex marriage in Baja California is unconstitutional.
Full story at Washington Blade or CNN Mexico
Tijuana is becoming well known for its’ food offerings. Anthony Bourdain of the Travel Channel has visited Tijuana and reported on the food more than once.
A good way to introduce yourself to the foodie scene of Tijuana is to visit the Food Garden located in Zona Rio.
Ave Rodolfo Sanchez Taboada #10650
Zona Rio, 22010 Tijuana, BC
near VIPS restaurant
Parking is available close by for less than 10 pesos with validation so take your ticket.
Mon – Thu: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm