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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 08:03 AM
San Ignacio checkpoint


A local reported a hour wait and full inspection of all vehicles at the checkpoint. Has anyone else been through there lately? Anything unusual or just a random event?



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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 08:16 AM


The thoroughness checks are just a random check.

Sometimes it is in Guerrero Negro north, other times San Quintin, and most recently at the Santo Thomas Valley.




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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 09:15 AM


No wait southbound around Feb 19th. No apparent wait northbound.
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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 09:21 AM


In February, no look southbound, but northbound there were 2 cars infront, Mexican nationals, and both vehicles were gone through. After 20 minutes, I was only asked the basic questions and no search.

This was the same checkpoint that in 2015 accused me of having marijuana... see that trip report.




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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 09:25 AM


This report just in - unsure of the exact date/time but sometime in the past several days:

"Hwy 1 travel info re: military inspections: Just completed trip back to San Diego, Hiway 1 entire way (vs. San Felipe cut-off & Mexicali). All inspections similar to past 9 years except outside San Ignacio. Huge line awaiting inspection, maybe 45min-1 hr. 10-15 RV's in caravan & 25-30ish vehicles. Each and every one got the deep dive, going inside opening most bags & boxes, rifling thru everything, leaving most open & spread around after satisfied. If you carried computer case or purse when exiting vehicle, took that too & went thru 'em (usually they have not asked to see inside bag I carry on my body). Much more aggressive, harassing feel than any inspection in my 9 year experience. Southbound vehicles waved thru absolutely no line southbound. Give a shoutout about what you experience. Allow for a lost hour if you get there peak travel time."




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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 10:20 AM


Went thru there yesterday with no problems. They don't seem to bother single females (esp. if Spanish is spoken). A brief check of my fully loaded car for a couple of minutes and then off I went.
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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 11:11 AM


How absolutely random. The only times I have had my purse checked is when traveling by plane out of Guerrero Negro and every time I have traveled by bus.

Hearing of a check when going by car- that is a first.




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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 11:17 AM


I don't object to uniform scrutiny on northbound traffic.
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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 11:28 AM


went through 2/18 without issues
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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 11:40 AM


The most I have ever gone through there, is exiting the vehicle with my dog, and a brief search of the area within reach of the steering wheel. This year just before Christmas, it was just a couple of questions, and on my way!

I have never had any inspection point ask me to open my duffle bag, ice chest, or any other container. That includes a military style ammo can that I would think would be a red flag!

Either they must think I have an honest face, or they don't want to mess with my dog (very friendly, but a little intimidating)!




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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 11:59 AM


My experience, I am sure, is much more limited than many on this board. However, southbound, I have only been asked to open bags once. It was 7 years ago coming into La Paz on my motorcycle. I was asked to open one of the panniers on my bike. Otherwise, I have been asked to roll down a window, but that's about it.

Northbound, I have been asked to open the trunk of the car and people have looked around. I've gotten questions about stuff in the back, including my snow chains...

One time, I think it was at San Ignacio, one young man found a few thousand pesos I had put in the passenger rear seat pocket. He said to put them somewhere else, as not everyone is as honest as they are, or words to that effect.
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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 03:47 PM


I'm going to assume it was a random event likely caused by the bad luck of being behind a caravan of RV's. I got behind one once S. of Bola turn off. White knuckle driving for about 40 min.



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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 03:56 PM


Could it be because Baja California Sur has one of the highest murder/crime rates in Mexico?
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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 04:04 PM


San Quintin is not in Baja Sur.

Lots of murders there this year.


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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 04:08 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Udo  
San Quintin is not in Baja Sur.

Lots of murders there this year.


Quote: Originally posted by norte  
Could it be because Baja California Sur has one of the highest murder/crime rates in Mexico?

That is nice...but the post is about San Ignacio which is in BCS...at least since the last time I checked.
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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 04:27 PM


Quote: Originally posted by norte  
Could it be because Baja California Sur has one of the highest murder/crime rates in Mexico?




Really? BCN looks way worse according to this but still no where near the top.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/11/compari...
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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 04:40 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Bajazly  
Quote: Originally posted by norte  
Could it be because Baja California Sur has one of the highest murder/crime rates in Mexico?




Really? BCN looks way worse according to this but still no where near the top.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/11/compari...


That data is from 2012.
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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 04:41 PM


http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2016/05/baja-california-sur-wa...
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[*] posted on 3-6-2017 at 05:36 PM


Quote: Originally posted by norte  
http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2016/05/baja-california-sur-wa...



The crime rate all over Mexico has risen in recent years but Per capita has been about the same over all, and, I don't see anywhere in this that says BCS has one the highest crime rate in all of Mexico.

Some perspective, http://www.bajainsider.com/article/mexico-travel-warning-per...


Excerpt, "The year 2016 was a banner year for tourism in Baja California Sur and all of Mexico. Mexico remains one of the top 10 worldwide tourist destinations."

I could go on but The Borderland Beat seems to feed on mass hysteria.
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[*] posted on 3-7-2017 at 10:30 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Bajazly  
Quote: Originally posted by norte  
http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2016/05/baja-california-sur-wa...



The crime rate all over Mexico has risen in recent years but Per capita has been about the same over all, and, I don't see anywhere in this that says BCS has one the highest crime rate in all of Mexico.

Some perspective, http://www.bajainsider.com/article/mexico-travel-warning-per...


Excerpt, "The year 2016 was a banner year for tourism in Baja California Sur and all of Mexico. Mexico remains one of the top 10 worldwide tourist destinations."

I could go on but The Borderland Beat seems to feed on mass hysteria.


Maybe you will believe the Mexicans. Some people will do anything to protect tourism.

https://crimenmexico.diegovalle.net/es/
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