Americas - Mexico
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We will be travelling to Playa in mid Feb for 10 days and it would be excellent to know where to start in terms of planning. I have a wish list but it would be really useful if people in the know could give me a little guidance and let me know things we simply must do!
So, in terms of things I know we want to do are the following - a couple of dives, explore the Mayan temples, eat good food and enjoy the beach and explore some real Mexican towns/villages (I am assuming Playa won’t really fall under that category but happy to be told otherwise!). Any advice about any aspects of this would be gratefully received; we won’t be hiring a car sadly so we will be relying on public transport.
What am I missing? I am sure there are other things we have to do before we leave so it would be great to hear about those.
Sorry it is very broad but my current knowledge of what is... more »
Hello Lonely Planet!
I'm thinking of taking a trip to mexico with my significant other during the first or second week of February for 5-7 days for some rest and relaxation. I'm from California so would prefer to stay on the west side to save on time.
Does anyone have recommendations on where to go? I love photography and scuba diving so those are the two activities I would be most interested in. Also is it safe to travel there now?
Thank you and happy new year!
Joining a friend in Mexico City for two weeks this February. We have a (long) weekend trip planned and intend to hire a car and drive a loop from Mexico City - Amecameca - Cholula/Puebla - Huejotzingo - DF.
The website for the park is very informative (this one) and suggests that the drive between Paso de Cortes and San Nicholas de Ranchos is pretty straightforward. Has anyone taken this road, and if so, how much time did you allow? We're thinking of leaving Amecameca in the morning to Puebla or Cholula the same day. On this road/dirt road section in the park, are there any good places to stop? And what is the situation would be for leaving the car and walking down a nice track for an hour or two, for example? I'm interested in seeing the park rather than just using it as a way through to Puebla.
I've also just found out about Ermita ... more »
Looking to take a week's vacation with my lady.
Last year we spent 2 weeks in and around Yucatan, and spent most of our time inland (Merida, Valladolid, Coba), with the exception of Bacalar - amazing! and Tulum - really pretty, but little service at high price, and few Mexicans to be seen.
Any advice on a beach we could head to? I'm well travelled & speak Spanish. Budget and time are the key issues. Looking for one or max two spots to visit.
Flights to CUN are amazingly priced.
We just put together a quick couple of itinerary for feedback on them. Any help would be super. what would be the best order in which to see the sites in the area:
- fly to Cancun - stay here a few nights
- go to Chichen Itza (see other ruins en route)
- See Coba and Balankanche Caves en route to Tulum (Valladolid too?)
- stay in Tulum a few nights
- Xcaret and Playa del Carmen (maybe a day on Cozumel)
- return to Cancun in time for flight home
Can someone please suggest an inexpensive breakfast place in Malinalco that opens early on Sat? :))) Does not have to be right in centro - but somewhere in a walking distance from the site/ centro. The market's tacos and such are great but they are only getting stuff ready by 10 or later and I would like to get to the cite as early as possible to enjoy early morning's views and no crowd up there :)))
The only place I found open early for breakfast was restaurant Los Placeres - but being good as it is, it is also Manhattan-expensive.
My husband & I want to take a bus at the end of Feb.2012 from Oaxaca City to Belize City
Does anyone know how this is done, what is the most direct route, and what bus line makes this trip to Belize City.Do you have to overnight somewhere?
I would greatly appreciate any information. Thankyou
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I fly to Cancun next month to start my trip of Yucatan and Central America.
From what I have read Cancun does not particularly appeal to me but I would like a couple of days to just chill near a beach before the adventure starts, getting used to the heat and clearing my mind in preparation for the trip of a lifetime!
Our next stop is Valladolid, so that taken into account, could anyone recommend where would be best to spend this much needed 'chill' time that doesn't take us too far off track.
I'm looking to spend as little money as possible and just read a book and drink a beer or two for a few days.
I'm not up for partying, but it's always nice to meet people, and if it makes a difference, we will have camping gear with us.
Can anyone recommend a place easy to get to from the airport with a more relaxed vibe than Cancun or would it be worth just embracing Cancun for t... more »
What's the going rate for a cab from the other side of the highway from PV airport into Bucerias? Its been a few years since I was there.
anyone has any tips about flying for a reasonable price from Europe to Mexico and then flying back from Brasil? or any other South American country?
Is there a company that sells one-way-flights at a one-way-flight prices (in that case it would be easier and more flexible)? I heard about it while traveling, but can't recall the company's name anymore.
If not, any suggestions?
C u on the road.
There have been a number of posts about villages/places/accomodation (not homestays) provided - I think cooperatively - by locals where travellers can stay and become somewhat immersed in the community. I've searched the forum, but cannot remember what these places are called, though I think "pueblos" may have been part of the name. I got the impression they might be in the State of Oaxaca or south. A family member is interested in the concept, and I want to tell her what to type into the advanced search box "subject". Many thanks for any help anyone can offer.
A friend of mine invited me to visit with his grandparents for 9 days in Ajijic. I have wanted to go to Mexico for a really long time and so of course was excited, but after doing a bit of research I'm a little nervous about the opportunity.
First off, I'm sad about the lack of ocean and Mayan sites in Ajijic. Those are two of my main reasons for wanting to see Mexico, and my friend told me that we wouldn't be able to do either when we visited.
I'm also scared that it's going to be gringo-ville. I know that the beaches/Mayan ruins would be tourist-traps, but I'd be okay with that. If I'm going to a place that doesn't have either of those things I'd like for it to be...authentically Mexican? I've read reviews ranging from Ajijic being the most authentically-Mexican place out there to ones warning me that it's all gringos, so I'm not sure about going. Would it not live... more »
Hello. I am at the moment in Cancun but disappointed with the inability to enjoy the beach unless I fight my way through the hotel lobbies after riding a bus from the center for about 20 minutes. And trying to squeeze onto an always packed bus returning to the center of town is not a pleasant experience!
Yes, I was aware of this necessity before arriving but did not appreciate the enormity of the hassles involved. Looking for a more tranquil "sand in my feet" experience with fewer people around from my hostel door and was thinking of spending a few days at the "poor man's" version of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. Holbox Island.
I would appreciate any insights travelers could provide regarding experiences, both good, bad and any recommendations for where to stay. The cheaper the better consistent with basic quality!
We really would like to spent our last two days (upcoming Thursday and Friday) in Isla Holbox. But on Saturday we have a 2.40 pm international flight from Cancun. Can we get the first ferry of the island and then still a bus to arrive at Cancun airport at around noon or a bit later or is this too much of a risk? I think it was possible, but am not aware of latest ferry schedules or bus schedules. Thanks for any advice, Wim & Ursina
Hello. A friend and I will be renting bicycles on 26 February for the Paseo de la Reforma ride. Last year I utilized the city's free Sunday bicycle lending program which was awesome, but it took me a long time to find an available bike and a long wait in line to get it. This time we will need a much quicker means as we are flying out that afternoon. Does anyone know of a (hopefully inexpensive) rental service open on Sunday mornings? Or, is there a way to get a free bike quickly, perhaps early in the morning? I do know that ecobici is not a viable option for foreign tourists. Thank you very much for any information.
Hola. Un amigo y yo va a alquilar bicicletas, el 26 de febrero por el Paseo de la Reforma paseo. El año pasado utilicé la ciudad libre de Domingo programa de préstamos de bicicletas, que era increíble, pero me tomó mucho tiempo para encontrar una bici disponible y de u... more »
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