The strict state of Mexico

Everything is so expensive and regulated. Price fixing is the norm. Alcohol isn’t sold in stores at night or on Sundays. Tour companies make you wear a lifejacket every time you jump in the water, even if you walk in from the beach. Police checkpoints are frequent on the highway. Taxi drivers in Tulum are a powerful mafia force that dominate local politics and create strict rules in their favor that are rigorously enforced. In tourist areas, prices are sky high and there is little room for negotiation; they’ll just wait for the next tourist to rip off. It is a struggle to find cheapness and flexibility that is so easy in other countries. After experiencing more laxness elsewhere in Central America the Yucatan feels oppressively regulated and organized.

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