Make A Run For The Border
Courtney and I went on an adventure to Mexico on Monday.
We crossed at Algodones, Mexico – forgot to get our passports stamped (doh!). Paid $6 CASH ONLY to park at the border. Don’t drive in unless you like the idea of possibly waiting 3 hours to get back in to the USA.
Immediately after crossing is Liquis Pharmacy aka “The Purple Pharmacy”. They play by the book with regulations — some Rx you can buy OTC, others you need your prescription. They aren’t the only pharmacy in town and there are others that play fast and loose with the rules (translated: Tury’s Drug Store. Go to Tury’s Drug Store).
A small sampling of the Rx we picked up:
* 3 Albuterol inhalers for $2/each
* 2 15 gram tubes of Tri-luma for $40/each
* 100x 500 mg of Amoxicillin for $5 total
* 60 Roxidolin for $15
We saw class III drugs such as 1 & 2mg Xanax (“Farmapram”), Opiates, Ambien and Ritalin (Mexico doesn’t have Adderall) available, but you need a Mexico & US prescription to acquire (see “The Purple Pharmacy” above).
Some had an offer for a free Viagra with any purchase. We did not take them up on this offer.
We didn’t buy any eye glasses but we wouldn’t hesitate to get glasses there in the future. Higher end frames ran $40/each and it takes about 2-3 hours to fit with prescription.
Organic Vanilla extract is EVERYWHERE and we picked up a 7.5 oz bottle for $1.50
There is the typical tourist gauntlets but some good deals to be had if you like knock off purses, watches, wallets, etc and lots of nice leather goods and soft goods like blankets and table cloths. They also have nice metal work pieces.
Everything is US CASH and change is given in US Dollar. Bartering outside of the pharmacy is the norm as well. Start at 50% of asking price (we scored a nice blanket for $20 after bartering down from $50).
We had lunch at Pueblo Viejo, also right across the border. The entire restaurant was full of Americans. Watch out for the drinks – they aren’t the watered down juice drinks you find here in the USA. The food was alright; call it Americanized Mexican food. We Spent $24 for 2 (filling) entrees & 2 mixed drinks, walked out with a nice buzz going.
The line back was long; it took about 30-40 min but moved along pretty well. You’re a captive audience in line so watch out for the hard sales, single mom & old grandma pity cases.
Once at the border crossing, they scanned our passports, peeked in grocery bags for declared drugs. No X-rays or purse searches and waved us through.
We took some pics and they’re posted up on our Facebook page