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Passport Agency (& 202/647-0518). S. Centers for Disease Control International Traveler’s Hotline (& 404/332-4559). Water Most hotels have decanters or bottles of purified water in the rooms, and the better hotels have either purified water from regular taps or special taps marked agua purificada. Some hotels will charge for in-room bottled water. Virtually any hotel, restaurant, or bar will bring you purified water if you specifically request it, but you’ll usually be charged for it. Bottled purified water is sold widely at drugstores and grocery stores.
Iglta. org), can provide helpful information and additional tips. F O R T R AV E L E R S W I T H D I S A B I L I T I E S Mexico may seem like one giant obstacle course to travelers in wheelchairs or on crutches. At airports, you may encounter steep stairs before finding a well-hidden elevator or escalator—if one exists. Airlines will often arrange wheelchair assistance to the baggage area for passengers. Porters are generally available to help with luggage at airports and large bus stations, once you’ve cleared baggage claim.
BY CAR Driving is not the cheapest way to get to Mexico, but it is the best way to see the country. Even so, you may think twice about taking your own car south of the border once you’ve pondered the bureaucracy 28 C H A P T E R 1 . P L A N N I N G YO U R T R I P that affects foreign drivers here. One option is to rent a car for touring around a specific region once you arrive in Mexico. Rental cars in Mexico are now generally new, clean, and very well maintained. Although pricier than in the United States, discounts are often available for rentals of a week or longer, especially when arrangements are made in advance from the United States.