Jul 19, 2005, 2:00 PM
Post #3 of 4
I don't know much about car rentals anyplace. From what I have heard, U.S. car rental agencies don't allow rental cars to go into Mexico because they've lost control, a person can just disappear with the car and never return. I've heard that there is a car rental place in San Miguel located inside the Hotel Posada San Francisco but I can't find any contact info on it at the moment.
I would think that if your sister-in-law is flying into Leon, she could just take the van shuttle to San Miguel at www.viagessanmiguel.com and then she really won't need a car rental here. Taxis are cheap, $1.50 officially though drivers are trying to get an city raise in fares and I give them $2, or 20 pesos, during the day. (It's slightly more at night, more outside city limits, and double if you phone for the cab).
Walking is the best way to enjoy San Miguel. We put only a hundred miles a month on our car, the montly drive to Costco for four 20-pound bags of cat food mainly, and don't even take taxis that much. City buses at 4 pesos, 40 cents, are terrific and not at all the stereotye of chickens and goats on board. Buses are leaving constantly from the main bus station to nearby towns as well, and then from that town's bus station you take another taxi to where you want to go. It's much cheaper and easier than driving a car.
Parking is atrocious, and you can only drive a few miles an hour on our narrow crowded streets. Try to convince your sister-in-law to shed the U.S. mode of thinking about a vacation with a car as a necessity!
Otherwise, maybe someone else can tell you something abouot car rentals.