Help with an itinerary....
Replies: 8 - Last Post: May 26, 2012 6:47 AM Last Post By: bobster101
May 22, 2012 6:29 AM
Help with an itinerary....Hi guys,
my boyfriend and I are flying to Mexico city in the middle of June and flying back home at the beginning of July. We have three weeks in Mexico and are not really sure what we should do in that time. So far we have planned to stay a few nights in Mexico City, and were then thinking of getting a bus to Veracruz (staying for about a week), going from Vercruz to Oaxaca (staying for about a week) and then heading back to Mexico City for another few days before we fly home.
We really want to get a good mix of seeing the Mayan sights, relaxing on the beech (diving and swimming) and stay in some nice Mexican towns...
Neither of us have been to Mexico before, so all of this is based on reading other posts and looking at travel guides...does this sound like a do-able three weeks?? Has anybody done this kind of route before and know of places where we should stop off for a while? Or does anybody have any tips of places we really MUST go?
Any advice would be very much appreciated!
Thank you!!! X
May 22, 2012 7:21 AM
1Welcome to the TT ... With the exception of that on display at the Museum of Anthropology in MC...There would be no "Mayan" cultural sites on your proposed itinerary...Such sites are,for the most part,in the Yucatan lowlands and will be HOT & uncomfortable to explore and enjoy... Veracruz will be not much better... Higher elevations are the key to comfort in a Mexico "cultural" visit...Should you be unwilling to read up a bit, I'll suggest flying into MC and spending a significant portion of your tone there at the MA to gain at least,some understanding of the several historic societies that populated pre Hispanic Mexico...carracar
May 22, 2012 7:35 AM
May 22, 2012 7:36 AM
3Thank you so much for your reply. I don't think I actually gave very much information on what we are thinking of doing...so maybe if I add a bit more you can tell me what you think of it?...
So far we are thinking three days in Mexico City (general exploring and a trip to Teotihuacan) before getting on a bus and heading to Oaxaca... Now is where it gets a bit tricky, seems as though there is a million things to do, and I don't think we will have time to do many of them justice!
I really fancy Muzunte and Monte Alban, Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua,Tehuantepec... the list kind of goes on.
And the same for Vera Cruz, we were looking at spending time in the SouthEast of the state (have read that it is loaded with ruins and interesting things) but we also want to get a feel of what it is like in the Mexican towns. We do want to have a bit of a prty, stay places with amazing food.
So really I would appreciate any advice of how to get the best feel of what Mexico is like by staying in these three different places.
Thank you so much, this is such a huge help!
May 22, 2012 7:38 AM
4Ahhh ok, I will have a look at San Cristobal de las Casas! Great tip!
May 22, 2012 9:40 AM
5You might also research Querataro which is a lovely inland city a fairly short bus ride from Mexico City. The downtown is preserved in its colonial state and includes an old aquaduct. Somewhat farther on to the north is Guanajuato which is a lovely small city set in a bowl of hills. The building colours are an amazing mix of pastels, and the view is gorgeous in the evening from the hills above the city. By the way, the intercity buses in Mexico are great.
May 22, 2012 1:49 PM
6OP - Something that you might find helpful in planning your trip to Mexico is the Getting Started section of the LP Mexico guide. It is a free PDF download. One of the itineraries in this section includes locations you mentioned, Oaxaca and Mazunte, plus Mayan sites in the Yucatan. It is a good starting point and it's free.
May 22, 2012 4:14 PM
7Great choice about Veracruz. I personally think it's one of the most undervalued states in Mexico, and it really has everything to offer, from snow (the highest mountain in Mexico and fifth in America) to jungle, rivers, sand, beaches, food and overall people: Veracruz is well known inside Mexico because of its people, very lively and outgoing. My recomendations for Veracruz: Xico and Coatepec (stay at Cabañas del Rio in Xico), full of traditions, great scenery, rivers, food, waterfalls (huge) plus in July you have the celebrations of Virgin Mary Magdalena in Xico (a highlight, believe me). In Jalcomulco you can experience whitewater rafting in a lush environment I usually stay at Cotlamani, just a perfect spot to start the adventure, amidst lush vegetation and close to the river. Tajin has one of the most beautiful Pyramids all over Mexico (totonacs by the way, neither Aztecs nor Mayans). More to the South, Tlacotalpan is a quiet charming fisherman village (sometimes it is TOO quiet) but with great food and the architecture of the town is very interesting specially because of the colours ( a UNESCO site, by the way). Further south, Catemaco with its beautiful lake and stories about sourcerers and witchcraft, there I recommend staying in Nanciyaga. That place is located right in the middle of the jungle, so that you can even hear the monkeys howling over your rooftop. Have fun and let us know how it goes. PD: For all that trip and a visit to the beach (Casitas or Tecolutla) I suggest to spare at least a week.
May 26, 2012 6:47 AM
8If you plan to go to Veracruz you might be better advised to visit Xalapa, which is actually the capital of Veracruz state. The city has very few foreign tourists and a lot of beautiful parks, and to boot is very inexpensive. Puebla is also worth a visit for the museums and colonial buildings. Mexico City-Puebla-Xalapa-Veracruz-Oaxaca is a nice route. Be careful in Puebla as drivers there are very aggressive. I can also vouch for Queretaro as an attractive city, and it's only 2 1/2 hours north of Mexico City. I spent 2 months there last year, cultural events and concerts in the center almost every night, very clean and very safe center. One word of advice for any visitor to Oaxaca--the restaurant hygiene is more variable than in more northerly parts of Mexico, if you don't have a strong stomach best to stick to the better restaurants. Restaurant hygiene in the north is usually quite good (I've never gotten sick in a border state) but gets more dicey in the south, especially Oaxaca.
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