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  • Location: San Diego, California
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

I really enjoyed this tour. Mike may well be the only tour guide left willing to take tourists from San Diego to Tijuana and I really appreciate both his dedication and enthusiasm. He is a genuinely kind person, and really wants people to have a good time on the trip. It is obvious he also genuinely cares about the people living in Tijuana and by bringing tourists there he is doing his part to help out as he can. This tour was really like no other tour I have been on. Mike is not out to charm anyone and does not mince words: he tells it like it is. He told us all about the problems Mexico is having, and Tijuana in particular. He talked about the drug gangs, the extreme poverty, the difficulty shopkeepers in Tijuana are having making a living both because there are so few tourists, and because of the low value of the peso. He not only talked about it, he showed us the seedy side of Tijuana. We drove past areas of pretty extreme poverty, and he took us on a short drive along several streets where call girls were everywhere. These girls were young and obviously in desperate circumstances. Several of us on the bus later talked about how just the few miles between Tijuana and San Diego separated these teenage girls from the life they would have led had they grown up in San Diego. These girls would be in high school and looking forward to lives full of great potential, rather than working as prostitutes in Tijuana. Later Mike showed us the hundreds of crosses people have put up along the Mexican border. Each cross represents someone who lost their life trying to make it into the US. The fence between the US and Mexico is getting ever higher, with more and more security. This means that attempts to get across will become increasingly desperate and the line of crosses will only continue to grow. Very sad. Without exception every person we interacted with in Tijuana was kind to us and we felt safe. The trip is a true learning experience and one I would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

This trip dosent seem to have enough enrollment weekdays, so book knowing that your tour cold be rescheduled. My your was in a Saturday, and there were enought people to go. Many people on the Saturday tour had been rebooked. Try to book for a weekend,mand the tour company makes you confirm your reservation the day of at 11 am to ensure proper enrollment.
We were picked up at iur hotel by our tour guide mike. He was a very friendly guy who gave us useful info as he was driving us to mexico. We entered mexico with no problems, and he gave us a driving tour of tijuana. The only negative was that there was this singing man who came on the bus. We got guilted into giving him a few bucks.
We were dropped off in the main area with a meeting time. The tour guide mike was really nice, and he even invited us to go out for ceviche with him. There were tins if stires to buy mexicrap that is really neat! Go shopping, then go find a place for food and drinks. You have to pay to use the public bathrooms,which are not the cleanest. Travel with sanitizer and tissues in the event there is no toilet paper!
We had no trouble entering the US.Mike took us to the otay mesa checkpoint, which is typically less crowded than the san ysidro one. San ysidro is where you can hop in the metro to get back to san diego, so therefore more crowded!
Dont forget your passport, bring small us dollars, and BARTER!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

The tour was amazing! The tour guide was informative and extremely entertaining. I would happily go again and look forward to booking tours through viator in the future. Highly reccomend mike as a tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Mike our guide was fun and experienced. he made the trip super special!.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Very good trip. The driver/guider is gorgeous!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

I enjoyed the tour.The tour guide was informative, entertaining and professional.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

A very good guide, the bus was fine, and there where time enough in Tijuana.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Great host, great trip. Felt safe and informed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

I loved Tijuana and our tour guide Greg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

It was very efficient tour to visit Tijuana in half day. Without tour, we didn't go there.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Mike was a great tour guide - He was a lot of fun and very informative.We had a really good time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

The bike ride to the bridge was great.
Stopping on the bridge breathtaking.
A brilliant day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

This trip was one of our best days in our Usa-holiday, much because of the great busdriver who was very social, kind, informative, and happy. I highly recommend this sightseeing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Tijuana was fascinating. Our driver Mike made all the difference.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

My wife and I had a great time. The driver made the whole tour. We were shown the good side and the bad side and our driver told us not to wear jewelry around our neck. He had a shop owner that he introduced to us. We went into his store and wound up buying a beautiful handbag for my wife. We went around sampling the foods real good. The trip going and coming from Tijuana was interesting, we had to go through customs where they stamped our passports and asked a few questions. All I can say is if you do not go on this tour to Mexico you will miss out on the fun that you can have as well as negotiating about the price of an item. It is fine to go back and forth for the figure of an item you want. Good Luck.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Excellent. We enjoyed the trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

The Tijuana Sightseeing tour from San Diego was great. Our tour guide, Mike, was very knowledgeable and had a passion for what he was doing. There were eight of us on this particular tour and from start to finish, all of us felt safe and knew that we were in good hands in regards to what's happening in Mexico. We shopped and afterwards left with the experience of being in Mexico. As we were leaving the city a guitar player entered the bus and performed four songs for us in Spanish no less. Good times...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Our guide, Greg, was knowledgeable, funny and helpful.
His knowledge and experience assured us this trip would be great; and it was. It was an interesting trip into Tijuana and getting to drive through town a little on the way to our destination was a treat. You are dropped into a very touristy area. Take the time to walk all 10 blocks. The shopping is nice, the food is authentic.
Again, Greg was helpful when it came to leave. He thoroughly explained how customs works. Using this tour was the best way to experience a day trip to Tijuana.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

An excellent tour and one of the few tours left going from SD to TJ. The tour guide was knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. The tour delivers what was promised and then some, but of it's impossible too much in only one afternoon.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

it was a nice experience our driver Mike was very nice and drove us around Tijuana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Our guide was excellent, super friendly, helpful and informational. Hats off to the work he does.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Had a good time and the tour guide was really good.

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2015

Michael is a great guide and the whole trip was a good experience. Luckily we had no problems at the customs whatsoever. Absolutely recommendable

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2015

I recommend this tour and decided to write this review because I feel for the people of Tijuana. They are so close, yet so far. They really need tourists dollars down there. Many of the businesses are closed throughout the city. If you remember, or have heard, you used to have a bit of trouble walking the streets here due to peddlers and vendors. Now most of that has been swept away. To where? Idk but I asked. The city has opened new areas - that look a lot like San Diego. Mike our driver and the people of Tijuana made me feel safe. They made an effort to show me things were different since I'd been here last. I hadn't been here in 10 years since... Anyway... I still would not bring your kids here. No way. Our tour age ranged from 20s-70s and everyone enjoyed themselves. The police seemed to have changed for the better. You will see MPs in the streets. They are there for backup purposes, which is fine by me. What's there to do in TJ? Relax eat and drink for cheap. Beers are still 1-2 for bottles. 4 for 32oz mugs. And I'm talking Heineken eating at tables on patios. People watching. Donkey painted like a zebra watching. Shopping if that's your thing or enjoy the colorful life of Tijuana. A 2 tip down there goes a long way.

When else can you go to another country and back in a few hours?

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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