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The information you can find on these pages combines over twenty years
of experience traveling to Yucatán and internet resources that I have
found to be useful. If you have any suggestions on how to improve, update or correct the information on these pages or use links to other useful sites, please let us
Cash exchange rate on the street in Mexico (bank, hotel, casa de cambio, or store) is always at least half a point lower than official or market value. Rates in Yucatan on the street are lower than street rates for cash in Cancun and Maya Riviera locations. These are all significantly lower than the exchange rate in Mexico City or other places in Mexico. ATM rates offer the best exchange rate. ATM rates actually correspond to the official/market rates. Depending on your US bank and the ATM bank, you will be charged an additional US $5 to $8 thus, withdraw all the money you intend to use at once.
THE BEST Emergency Money Wires
The following three services are less than $5 per transaction. The exchange rate with these companies is extremely good. Each has specific per transaction, daily, monthly and 6 month limits of how much can be sent or received by same person. However in cases of emergency these hardly have any effect on what you need accomplished. Please not that these require a prior set up time of 5-7 days. It is worthwhile simply setting up an account as a back up emergency now even with the idea that you would not use it. Set it up and if you dont need it then dont use it! The set up time requires trial deposits into your bank account and verification of account.
Pickup Locations and Other Details → Pisté Pick Up Location. To receive money in Pisté: Select Piste, Yucatan, Mexico. Select ELECTRA as pickup location. → Pickup in Other Cities. Locations. You will need to investigate the city to find out which business location suits you best to receive the funds. Electra could be your default. It has good hours and found everywhere in Mexico → To receive funds that are sent to you, make sure that the sender uses the exact spelling of the exact name on your passport. You may even want to have the sender write your passport number in the request.
Yucatan has murder rate of 2.2. Comparatively, many major and safe US cities as well as Cancun have murder/violent death rates ranging from 8 to 12, such as Houston and Indianapolis. Cancun is as safe as Indianapolis. Detroit is an exceptionally dangerous place with 38 per 100,000 compared to the worst region of Mexico (northern Mexican states bordering Texas and California) having only a rate of 34 according to data from 2011. Check out this interesting interactive comparative map from the Economist.