About Los Algodones
Los Algodones is a small town in Mexico, located close to the borders of southeastern California and southwestern Arizona. In line with Mexico’s emerging medical tourism, the town is also a preferred medical destination, particularly for medical tourists from the United States and Canada. Thousands of people travel to the town for its low-cost medical care. Compared to many other countries, medical treatments in Los Algodones are 60% to 70% cheaper. In addition, all medical centers offer high-quality treatments with well-qualified doctors and most people travel here for dental treatments, but plastic and cosmetic surgery are also available.
Los Algodones is unique and interesting. When you arrive at the town, you will immediately notice the large volumes of medical, dental, and optical centers as well as pharmacies. But besides the medical centers, there are also several attractions to enjoy. One of the most popular is the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historical Park, which is located in the nearby city, Yuma. It was built in 1876 and served as a prison for 33 years. Today, it is a public state park with a visitor center, guard tower, museum, cell blocks, nature trail, picnic areas, and Sallyport. Other places, such as the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, West Wetlands Park, and Colorado River State Historic Park, are also worth a visit.
The best way to reach Los Algodones is to fly to Yuma International Airport or Mexicali International Airport. Mexicali International Airport is 30 miles away from the town and operates flights from many cities within the USA. Tourists can rent a car to the town from both airports. The town is walkable since many attractions are within a four-block radius.
Visa exemption is available for citizens of 67 countries. Nationals from other countries, including China and India, need to obtain a visa prior to their arrival in Mexico. The visa is valid for six months and must be used within 3 months.
While summer in Los Algodones is hot and dry, the winters can be really cold. The temperatures in winter can reach 8 °C, but during the summer, it can get as hot as 41 °C. March to November experiences almost no rainfall. The wet season starts from December to February.
- Local Currency: The official currency is the Mexican Peso, and 1 USD is equal to 19 MXN.
- Money & Payments: ATMs are plentiful around the town, but for safety reasons, it is best to use ATMs at the markets or banks. Credit cards are accepted in numerous merchants. Always carry some small cash because some shops and restaurants do not accept cards. Tipping is expected, normally around 10% to 15%.
- Local Language: The major language is Spanish, but many people will speak English.
- Local Culture and Religion: Most of the population (around 80%) is Catholic.
- Public holidays: Some of the major public holidays are the Constitution Day, Labor Day, Mexican Independence Day, and Revolution Day.