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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

If you’re not looking for trouble (and it’s there, no question), you’ll probably be fine. ‘Almost free, ’ ‘Cheaper than Wal-Mart!’ and other invitations are best answered with ‘no necesito’ (I don’t need it).

Don’t drink on the streets or carry drugs without a doctor’s prescription.

Coyotes and polleros (both mean ‘people smugglers’) congregate along the river west of the San Ysidro crossing. After dark, avoid this area and Colonia Libertad, east of the crossing.

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While you're there

Medical services

Hospital General (684-00-78; Av Padre Kino, Zona Río) Northwest of the junction with Av Rodríguez.

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