El Paso, Texas – The Gateway to Chihuahua

June 09, 2017
Linden Gray
El Paso, Texas - The Gateway to Chihuahua

Looking across to Juarez, Chihuahua from El Paso, TX

Another Mexican Insurance Travel Article

El Paso, Texas – The Gateway to Chihuahua

Story by Jim Foreman

Although the border crossing at Tijuana is the busiest land border crossing in the world, the crossings in El Paso, Texas rank very high.

The El Paso crossings serve a large section of the United States traveling to and from Mexico. New Mexico, Western Texas, and Colorado are principally served by the El Paso crossings.

El Paso makes an excellent entry point for those who plan to travel to Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, Durango, Torreón, Guadalajara, San Miguel de Allende, Ajijic, or Puerto Vallarta. Most of the hazards affecting those who travel through Brownsville, TX are easily avoided by coming down through El Paso. You must still heed Common Sense and Safety guidelines. This story will help put Safety in Mexico into perspective.

Crossing into Mexico is served by four main border crossings. There is the primary Bridge of the Americas crossing (BOTA), Paso Del Norte Bridge and the Stanton Street Crossing downtown. All Three drop you into the heart of Ciudad Juarez. If you are looking to bypass Ciudad Juarez, are towing a trailer, or driving an RV, you MUST use the Ysleta crossing near Socorro or Santa Teresa to the west in New Mexico.  For all of the crossings in town, the City of El Paso charges a toll to cross the bridge across the Rio Grande River.  It’s currently $2.50 for private vehicles.

Mexican insuranceRegardless of which entry point you choose, you’ll get your visa and Temporary Vehicle Import Permit (TVIP) about 30 kilometers south of Juarez at the Banjercito and Immigration Center on Highway MEX 45. It looks deceptively like a typical checkpoint and is easy to miss. If you are traveling any further south, you MUST have these two documents to legally visit and drive your vehicle in Mexico. If this is your first time driving into Mexico, please read this detailed story.

El Paso, Texas – The Gateway to Chihuahua starts by heading 240 miles south on MEX 45 will take you to Ciudad Chihuahua (Chihuahua City). Ciudad Chihuahua is a large modern city with a vibrant atmosphere, festive nightlife, affordable accommodations, and excellent restaurants.

Plan on staying a night in Ciudad Chihuahua for a grand welcome to Mexico. From Ciudad Chihuahua, you can easily continue to Copper Canyon, Torreón or if you get an early start, Durango.

Given its size and scope, many travelers ask for dining and lodging recommendations. There are many options to choose. Visitors consistently report an excellent experience staying at the Microtel Inn & Suites around $50USD a night. Sometimes less. It’s a safe and easy to get to that part of the city and makes for a simple continuation of your journey the following morning.

Incredibly, you’re also walking distance from a Telcel office to get a Mexican SIM card for your phone and some of the best restaurants in the city.

Please, for the love of all that is good, don’t go to the big American chain restaurants like Chili’s, Applebee’s, or IHOP. These outlets serve up the same bland re-constituted food they slop down up in the States.

Instead, drive or walk north adjacent to the highway a few short blocks to find an excellent Brazilian Churrascaria (Terra Gaucha Buffet Brasileiro), Italian Restaurant (DaVinci Ristorante Toscano), Japanese (Sushiko), and a wonderfully memorable Mexican Restaurant, Talénto Cocina. The best part is that these are all locally priced. You won’t find artificially high Gringo pricing in US Dollars.

Talénto Cocina Chihuahua, Chih

Of these enticing options, Talénto is the standout. Count on excellent drinks, spectacular food and an indoor/outdoor setting that delivers an elegant and exciting ambiance.

No matter what you choose, you will be well on your way into one of the most dynamic, historic, and friendly countries in the entire world.

It doesn’t matter where you cross into Mexico. Getting reliable quality Mexican insurance is easy and affordable at Mexican Insurance Store.com. Simply Shop, Buy, and Print an online Mexican insurance policy and you’re ready to be on your way. El Paso, Texas – The Gateway to Chihuahua

11 Comments. Leave new

Dinah Barnhouse

Non-Mexican people driving in the city are required to have Mexico insurance. Whether doing business or simply taking a vacation car insurance is the gate-pass toward entering Mexico.

Josefine Toothman

The only relief after accident is the help from Mexican insurance. With a small amount to pay for the premium, what you get in return is peace of mind and financial provision.

Omer Raminez

If you get into an accident, you’re confident that you have an immediate protection: your Mexican insurance.

Phoebe Philson

Whether it’s the cheapest or the most expensive coverage, it’s all worth the amount you pay. Mexican insurance offers peace of mind while driving.

Maryanne Pasillas

Be prepared to face challenges when driving in Mexico. Bring your Mexico insurance so you’ll have documents to present in case of emergency.


Your picture is wrong man. The one you have is from Durango, Mexico. Chihuahua downtown is different.

Linden Gray

Thanks for the helpful observation! We asked the expert and he agrees you are correct, so we fixed it! Happy Holidays!

Ora Sabo

Buy Mexico car insurance and get started. If you’re having a trip with your children, go shopping. It requires extra cash though.

Loma Moon

This site is really dependable. Whether Mexican auto insurance is for daily, weekly, 6 months or annually, anyone can expect that their policy is completed immediately.

Romana Dow

Summer in Mexico offers bright cultural celebrations, including interacting with animals without necessarily spending too much money.

Margarett Haile

Current weather can produce some safety concerns for your car. Allocate extra time for your trip to make sure you arrive early or on time to your destination.


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