I appreciate that many of you chimed in with helpful advice in my recent post on making a short connection in Cancun. After weighing the risks of a tight connection versus the ease of a non-stop flight and spending extra time at home, I opted for the same-day nonstop flight.
Thankfully, my United flight from Los Angeles to Cancun departed ahead of schedule and arrived 15 minutes early into Cancun.
By the way, this is what passes as a business class breakfast today on a 4hr,40min flight–
The “egg white wrap” was very tasty, but a very tiny breakfast for a flight of that length. That will be the extent of my review of that flight…
Anyway, upon reaching Cancun I was third off the aircraft and bolted downstairs to immigration. Thankfully lines were short. I asked a couple of people ahead of me if I could go in front due to a tight connection and they happily obliged.
An immigration officer quickly stamped me into Mexico and I ran over to the exit, waiting in line for about three minutes to pass through customs. Thankfully when I was not chosen for secondary screening.
Now outside the Terminal 3 arrivals area, I walked outside where I found I just missed a complimentary shuttle to Terminal 2. The next one would not depart for 27 minutes. It was only 4:16p, so I was no longer worried about missing my connection.
Connecting from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2
The question now was to wait for the shuttle, walk over to T2, or take a taxi. The taxi touts were aggressive–I must have appeared like a stupid gringo wearing a blue jacket in 95ºF heat (it is winter right now in Buenos Aires).
Since it was so hot and humid, I had luggage, and was wearing a coat, I opted to take a taxi. I decided to engage with one driver and bartered down the price from $20 to $10 after a couple minutes of haggling, walking away, then haggling some more. I know, that is still about $8 too much for a two-minute cab ride, but the extra 20 minutes gave me time to review the Aeroméxico lounge and send a few emails prior to boarding.
While I don’t recommend this sort of tight connection if it can be avoided, I am thankful it worked out this time…