Casa de la Esperanza. A House of Hope.

General Information About Your Trip

Security and Safety

Northern Mexico is a relatively safe and secure area, and most of the stories of being robbed by banditos or getting Montezuma’s Revenge are greatly exaggerated.  Actually, violent crime is much less common in Mexico than in the U.S.  In general, visitors to Mexico should take the same precautions they would take when traveling anywhere else. Keep money and valuables secure and out of sight; lock doors of hotel rooms and cars; don’t venture out alone or to areas where you are not familiar.  The residents of Cuauhtémoc and Anáhuac are used to seeing Americans, and are very friendly, polite, and helpful.  Have the “mind of Christ” and some common sense, and it is not likely that you will have any problems.

Visitors who use common sense are also unlikely to develop serious food- or water-related illnesses.  However, it is common to have some mild effects from the new foods you will experience.  The water at Casa de la Esperanza comes from our own private water wells located on the property.  It has been checked for purity, and is safe to drink.

Outside of the Casa property use common sense when selecting what you eat. As in any area of the world, choose well established and cleanly restaurants. Eat only foods that have been thoroughly cooked and served immediately.  Don’t be surprised if your gastro-intestinal system takes a few days to adjust to the new diet; Mexican doctors call this “turista,” and symptoms may include nausea and diarrhea or stomach cramps.  These are unlikely to persist more than a day or two, but come prepared with the appropriate medications should you need them.  This has little to do with sanitation, and you may be surprised to find that Mexicans go through similar discomforts when they visit the U.S.  The best cure for turista is to drink lots of “safe” water and be prepared with Pepto-Bismol®.  If the symptoms are unusually severe, we can arrange for you to visit a local doctor or clinic.

Because of the elevation of Anáhuac (about 6000 ft.) many visitors get sunburned because they do not take the proper precautions of using sunscreen and wearing the appropriate clothing and hats that are required at this high elevation.  Drink lots of liquid; it is a dry climate.  In addition, the elevation causes some people to have shortness of breath and/or headaches.  This is a normal response for people who make significant changes in elevation, and it should go away in a day or two.  The best way to deal with this is to allow your body to go at its own pace for the first day or two, so it can “acclimate” slowly.

It is a good idea to bring a well-stocked first aid kit.  Many teams pack items such as band-aids, rubbing alcohol, aspirin, Imodium®, Pepto-Bismol®, a thermometer, etc.  Encouraging a member of your congregation who is a nurse, doctor, or similar health care worker to join you on the trip has proven to be helpful and reassuring to some groups.

If you should have a health or security problem, we have provided direct contacts on the Local Services page of this web site.  (Of course, in the normal course of these events someone at Casa will usually be able to assist you in securing the appropriate contacts.)

Local Services

Cuauhtémoc and Anáhuac have all of the services most U.S. towns provide. There are many delicious restaurants, well stocked and maintained grocery stores, and also excellent places to entertain yourselves. Medical services, security, and tourist services are also available. Please see the list below for a direct listing.

Doctors

We have two doctors on call for the children.  They, of course, would be available in the event they are needed by the mission teams as well.

Hospitals

Police

The local police are very helpful.  In case of emergency, you may contact the police and they will come to Casa to relay the message, night or day.  Their phone number from the U.S. is: 011-52-625-581-1037.

American Embassy

The nearest American Embassy is in Juárez (approximately six hours from Casa.)  Phone number from U.S.:  011-52-625-511-3000 or 011-52-625-513-4099 or 011-52-625-511-5364.

Accommodations

The Larry English Center at Casa de la Esperanza

This facility was developed to help our visitors to add to their comfort, security and the efficiency and convenience of their stay. This is a dorm style building with two wings (male/female), kitchen, and multi-purpose area. To learn about Larry English himself please click here.

Current rate per person per night:

There are also three good quality and reasonably priced hotels that provide great accommodations in the area.

La Huerta Inn

Phone number: 011-52-625-583-2077
Email: lilyfehr@yahoo.com.mx
Address: Cd. Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua
Current rate per room:
Note: This is a Mennonite owned and run business. There is also an adjoined restaurant that is excellent (Restaurant Phone: 011-52-625-581-7201).

Motel Tarahumara Inn

Phone number: 011-52-625-581-1919, 011-52-625-581-1920
Address: Allende y 5a, Cd. Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua
Current rate per room: $50-$55 per night, max of 6 people per room.

Motel Del Camino

Phone number: 011-52-625-581-0088, 011-52-625-581-0089
Fax: 011-52-625-581-0146
Address: Km 1 Carretera Alvaro Obregón, Cd. Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua
Current rate per room: $35-$40 per night, max of 6 people per room.

Basic Spanish Phrases

Download a list of some basic Spanish phrases that will help you communicate with the children