Mexico Travel & Lodging
|Passport Required: As of January 2009, a valid U.S. passport is required for all to enter and exit Mexico. Birth certificates are no longer accepted as proper documentation. Only the U.S. Department of State can authorize a passport. If you don’t have one or need to renew, please refer to our Passport Guide.|
Tecate, México: Tecate is a smaller, rural community considered “el campo” (“the country”). It’s southeast of Jamul, California, about one hour from PLNU, and 30 minutes east of Tijuana, México. You’ll find it to be a quiet community, unaffected by the gang violence publicized in media. Tecate is home to two important Nazarene entities: the Northwest Baja district campground and one of the campuses of the Mexican Nazarene Seminary, Senamex.
Conference Location: The Campground/Seminary Campus is enclosed, secure, and staffed with full-time guards and administrators. There is wifi access throughout. The Seminary buildings sit on the west end of the property and all buildings have been constructed in the unique Lazarian World Homes sustainable foam-block style. The campground includes a chapel, dining hall and kitchen, dorms, private rooms, a basketball court, and a chapel. The Second Church of the Nazarene also resides on the property. The area is situated in the Baja California Desert eco-region and is dotted with shrubs, cactus, and impressively large boulders.
Click here to check out photos of the Tecate Nazarene Campground & Seminary.
Travel: A shuttle bus to and from the conference is included in the cost of the conference and will transport you at the beginning and end of the conference. Upon registration, you will receive more detailed information on when and where to catch the bus. If you prefer to drive yourself, please indicate this on your registration form. Be sure to purchase Mexican travel insurance for the days your car will be in México – we recommend buying online at: www.mexborder.com. You can use this map and set of directions to find your way to the campground.
Accommodations: The female and male dorms stand on opposite ends of the campground and are equipped with bunk beds and internal bathrooms. If you prefer to stay in a hotel, we recommend the Estancia Inn, only 5 minutes from the campground. If you select this option, you must make your own reservations, which you can do online. If you use the group travel to the conference, a shuttle will run back and forth between the hotel and campground so this option does not require that you provide your own transportation, though you are welcome to drive yourself if you prefer.
|Price||Conference Registration & Accommodation Arrangement|
|$45||Student Volunteer Fee & Complimentary Dorm-Style Housing (must be willing to volunteer throughout the conference)|
|$60||Individual Attendant Conference Fee & Complimentary Dorm-Style Housing|
|$60||Individual Attendant Conference Fee & Own Hotel Accommodations|
México Safety Note: We are very aware of the recent heightened media attention on México and the border region. The International Ministries office at PLNU takes seriously the job of staying as informed as possible about these locations, reasons for increased violence, and where we should or should not be. In conjunction with the Mexican Nazarene Church leadership, we decide where best to serve and be for any of our joint projects and events. The conference coordinators are bilingual and have cell phones with international dialing plans. All participants will receive information prior to the trip with emergency contact info and instructions on how to reach a participant while at the conference.