My First Uber Ride in Mexico
Even the smallest things take on the aura of a great adventure when you’re living in another country. In this case, it was my first Uber ride in Mexico.
The vote to allow the service in Mazatlan only passed a few weeks ago. When I learned that my ultra conscientious friend and a mother of three allowed her 17 year-old daughter to use Uber, I felt I could take the chance.
Among Mexicans I know, they seem to feel Uber is the safer of the two choices.
I will always love the taxi drivers here. They are friendly, helpful and fun to talk to. Nowadays, they sometimes even remember me, "Hola! Kerry!" I will continue to support them, even when I might save a few pesos with Uber.
However at times you want the anonymity of arriving to your destination in a street car. The Uber ride share cars only carry a discreet $ sign on the dash to indicate they are Uber cars.
Mexican addresses can be disorienting. Keep your business cards and pay close attention to every detail in a direction before typing in your destinations. You still get the email to rate them.
The only other difference in Mexico is that you have a choice between paying with a credit card on file with Uber like at home or “en efectivo” (cash), including the tip. Mexico is much more a cash country than ours so this modification had to have been necessary.
Uber. Just one more reason to create a second life in Mexico
(not a paid endorsement...but maybe I should ask.)
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