My Austin, TX. based band booked a wedding at the Four Seasons just outside of Porta Vallarta for this summer. Assuming there was no safe way to drive down there, our contract states that the client will hire (and pay for) a local outfit to provide full p.a., drum set, amps, lighting, etc. Our plan is to bring a couple of small cases on the plane (guitars, ear buds, computers, etc.) and they'll have a local a/v shop provide the rest.Having said that, if there was a safe way to do it, I wouldn't mind being paid the pretty hefty rental fee they are going to have to pay and bring our p.a. down (as well as having the peace of mind of quality control) . Is there any safe way to bring a van and trailer full of gear across the border to Porta Vallarta? I see travel forums with octogenarians stating they criss-cross Mexico in their RV's all the time, and as long as you practice due diligence (stay on the major/toll-road highways, don't drive at night, etc.) there is no issue. Of course, all I can think of is being pulled over and hearing, "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!" Anyone have any experience with this?Alternatively, is there a reputable company that provides a service to take care of this sort of thing?Again, I assume this is a no-go, and my plan is to fly down and not worry about it, so unless I can be convinced it's pretty darn safe, that's the way we'll go. Thanks!
Again, I assume this is a no-go, and my plan is to fly down and not worry about it, so unless I can be convinced it's pretty darn safe, that's the way we'll go. Thanks!
We are based out of Minneapolis and we've done a couple of gigs in Cancun over the past year. The biggest help for us was the Carnet form. Make sure it's complete and make sure that EVERYTHING on the form goes into mexico AND comes back out of mexico. We almost missed our flight because we got held up at customs when our guitar player decided to stay a couple of extra days and kept his acoustic guitar. Long story short, they had to do a whole new Carnet form with all of our gear. Even if you are just traveling with instruments, you should do the Carnet form.
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