We just left Mexico
for El Salvador, checking out of Puerto Madero. We discovered that, as of the first of the year, the responsibility for checking yachts out of Mexico
has shifted from the immgration office at the Tapachula airport
to the immigration office in downtown Tapachula. The downtown office didnīt have a clue how to do this when we blundering into their office. But they had decided to apply the rules dealing with cruise
ships to yachts. They showed me a printout of the applicable law and it said explicitly that it pertained to "embarcaciones commerciales" (commercial vessels). However, they would not listen and insisted on charging
us $262 for 1 to 500 passengers. We paid it, but only because we wanted to leave and we had no resources to fight back with. I will make an official protest through channels. At some point, they will get their wrists slapped. In the meanwhile, we want to warn mariners to check out through Hautulco to avoid the immigation at Puerto Madero.
PS: do not count on a response because I rarely get to internet