Back in the old days you had to either carry lots of Mexican money on you or travelers checks, then stand in line at the bank to cash them if you had sufficient identification. So it’s been great in more recent times with ATMs (cajeras) almost everywhere. But then you run into some hefty, annoying fees to get access to your own money. But now, if you are a Santander Bank customer, you can use their ATMs in Mexico with no charge. Hopefully, some of the other U.S. banks will do the same. Read more here http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/santander-eliminates-atm-fees-for-travelers-245542551.html.
There is no argument that Mexico has made tremendous strides in many areas the past 20 years. Manufacturing increase has been a huge success and tourists from around the world have come to know Mexico as a top destination. And after 71 years of stagnation with a one-party rule by the PRI, there is now a growing middle-class.
Mexico City specifically is a good example of success, with more theaters and museums than New Your City, and is considered by many to be the capital of Latin America with a vibrant business and social scene. Some of the credit has to go to Marcelo Ebrard, the PRD liberal party mayor from 2006 to 2011. He was voted as “worlds best mayor” in 2010 by the Project World Mayor.
Now Ebrard seems to be positioning himself for a run at the presidency in 2018 citing the need for a change in direction to address some of the country’s failures. Read what he has to say in this article from the Latin American Herald Tribune http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=1560033&CategoryId=14091