Getting to Banámichi is easy. Just three hours
south of Bisbee Arizona, five hours from Tucson and two hours
Check the maps to the right and driving directions
below to start planning your visit.
From Tucson, AZ:
Take highway 19 southand cross into to Nogales,
Continue south on Mexico Highway 15 to Magdelena.
Just past the tollbooth (approximately 500 feet),
exit to the right.
Turn left at the bottom of the ramp, crossing under
the highway on Highway 54 to Sinoquipe, 74 miles.
Turn right at the stop sign in Sinoquipe onto Highway
89 and continue on to Banámichi
From Bisbee or Douglas, AZ:
Cross the border at Naco.
Drive through town to the intersection of Highway
Before entering Cananea, exit right and drive up
Follow the signs to Bacoachi, turning at the first
left over the bridge
Continue on Hiway 89 to Banámichi.
Visas and Vehicle Permits
You will need a tourist visa (FMT) and a vehicle permit
to drive to Banámichi. For travelers crossing at
Nogales, these documents are available at Kilometer 21 Checkpoint
For travelers crossing at Douglas, documents are available
at the the border crossing in Agua Prieta. Make the first
right turn at the intersection after the inspection gates
then a quick right into the dirt lot. Walk to the front
of the building and enter. Go to the counter at the north
end first to get your visa. Then go to the copy booth in
the center to get copies of all you dicuments, the clerk
will tell you what you need, Then go to the permit counter
at the south end of the building for your vehicle permit.
For those crossing at Naco, you will have to obtain a FMT
at the immigration office at the border crossing in Naco
then proceed to Cananea to the Banjercito to get a vehicle
permit. The permit office in Cananea is a bit off the beaten
path. As you enter Canenea from Naco or Aqua Prieta take
the left hand lane in the traffic circle at the obelist
(the Axe Handle.) Be careful at the stop signs as you leave
the traffic circle as the cross traffic does not stop. Two
blocks south, turn left at the light (there is a Pemex station/OXXO
there.) The Banjercito office is on the right, opposite
the Pemex and next the school. It is not well marked.
Paper work Requirements
Mexican Tourist Card or visa. A
tourist card or visa is good for 6 months. You will need
A valid passport
A valid picture ID with address shown.
The fee is about $22 per visitor, paid at the Banjercito
(Bank of the Army) located near the Migracion (Mexican Immigration)
office. Actual cost will vary slightly depending on the
currency exchange rate.
Once you have your tourist card from the Migracion
(Mexican Immigration), you can obtain the necessary permit
for your vehicle. For those whose travel plans include traveling
the Route of the Rio Sonora, have the following and bring
copies of each to provide the issuing authorities:
By obtaining a vehicle permit, you are posting a bond
that you will not sell the vehicle in Mexico and avoid the import
duty. The non-refundable cost of the bond is about $27 US. If
you want to use cash, you will need to pay the non-refundable
portion and leave a minimum of $200 US (based on the value of
the car) as a bond.The permits are good for
the duration of the visa and allow for multiple entrances. You
must turn in the permit at a Banjercito permit office before
the expiratation date or you may forfiet the bond and you will
have problems getting a new permit.
Vehicle registration and a copy
Your Drivers License and a copy.
A major Credit Card
Your tourist card/visa and a copy.
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