Exiting Mexico southwards (but not from Cancun?)
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 9, 2012 7:55 PM Last Post By: james2187
Nov 8, 2012 1:12 PM
Just made it to Mexico City after about 3-months on the road across parts of Southern Europe and USA. So glad to be somewhere much more foreign to me (a UK citizen) and really eager to travel Mexico and further into Latin America.
My current list of 'To See' plots a rough trajectory south to Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, San Cristobal & Palanque. I have also had Real de Catorce tipped to me by a very good friend, so may take a slight north-bound detour from Mexico City before I head south (not sure on this though).
I am generally looking to avoid Cancun and other hotspots in Yucatan, so I was wondering if anyone had any experience or tips for leaving Mexico, and traveling south, from somewhere outside of this peninsula? Or, is this not possible?
Nov 8, 2012 1:17 PM
1I have also had Real de Catorce tipped to me by a very good friend, so may take a slight north-bound detour from Mexico City before I head south
The trip to Real de Catorce is more than a slight north-bound detour. Still, there are plenty of interesting colonial cities north of Mexico City if you want to spend a couple of weeks on your detour.
Nov 8, 2012 1:43 PM
2You can easily cross into Guatemala from San Cristobal thus avoiding the whole of the Yucatan - it's a popular route.
Nov 8, 2012 1:47 PM
3Thanks guys. Yeah Queretaro, I just saw that! I think I'm gonna do that! :D
Now I'm just working on my 'must sees' en route! :-)
Nov 8, 2012 4:17 PM
Nov 8, 2012 4:36 PM
5If you look at the map you'll find that the places you mentioned are out of the way from the Yucatan Peninsula and far from Cancun. So yes you can avoid being in Cancun.
Don't discount Cancun altogether. It may be cheaper to fly into Cancun from the USA (or Europe) as airfare are subjective to change and the airfares to Cancun are competitive. From Cancun you can still take (an overnight) bus to Palenque via Chetumal. If you need to stay in Cancun there are inexpensive hotels to stay in, next to or a few blocks away from the downtown bus station. It all depends on your plans though, but do look on the map to familiarize yourself with the areas you mentioned. See ADO.com.mx for bus schedules (horario) and travel time (recorrido) between Mexico City, Oaxaca and San Cristobal de las Casa and Palenque and anywhere in between in that area. You can book tickets in advance of arrival, online but it's not necessary as you can buy bus tickets at the station for the next departing bus and still get a reserved seat once they print up the ticket.
Nov 8, 2012 8:22 PM
6Thanks all so much for the good advice-- including bus website and how to 'read' the info! Very helpful!
Yes-- I think I will try now and make it through to Guatemala via bus.
Nov 9, 2012 7:39 AM
7Simply means that the Southern Chiapas area of Mexico is very beautiful, but the drug lords run the area in the mountains, the police are present but hardly control and rule the area, so be careful... that's all. Same advice I'd give someone if I were telling them to travel through certain portions of the US.... now chill out, ok?
Nov 9, 2012 10:37 AM
8Southern Chiapas area of Mexico is very beautiful, but the drug lords run the area in the mountains
You have in fact been misinformed... no need for others to be so in turn. This is not the situation in the mountainous area of Chiapas. Yes, they are present, but they don't "own" the place. The same care is required there as most other tourist areas in the country.
Nov 9, 2012 7:55 PM
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