Mexico Itinerary Recommendations
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 18, 2012 9:10 AM Last Post By: misterbee
Nov 17, 2012 10:40 PM
Mexico Itinerary RecommendationsHi All!
This is my first post on the forum, so apologies for any mistakes ect.
I am going to Central America for 13 weeks from the end of November to the beginning of March, and will probably be spending around 3 to 4 weeks in Mexico.
My biggest priorities are in order
1) Culture (architecture, music)
2) Nature and trekking
4) People (home stay ect.)
I will be flying into Mexico city and spending about a week there. After that i want to head down the southern coast to Puerto Escondido, then up through to Cancun. I am then planning to head through to Belize.
With that general route in mind, can anyone recommend some highlights (and hidden gems) for a 4 week trip? I am more of a conversationalist than a partier. I play music and a history buff. I am 19. I would prefer to spend a few days in each place than rush through as many places as possible. Also, i am on a shoestring budget.
Nov 18, 2012 4:02 AM
1With the priorities you listed, no reason to go to Cancun, Playa del Carmen or the so-called Riviera Maya. They have little to offer. The city of Merida, has all on your priority list with many free cultural activities and nearby ruin sites. You might also find the nearby town of Valladolid interesting. Nice to see a 19 year old with interest in these things.
Nov 18, 2012 5:17 AM
2Agree 100% with RobertSDF. Also, check out a good guidebook loike Lonely Planet or Moon Guide - they really do have good suggestions in there.
As for specific things along your Mexican itinerary (except for Cancun):
-The centro historico with its zocalo, palcio nacional, catedral nacional and the Templo Mayor with its museum.
-Coyaocan for Frida and Diego's casa azul, Leo Trotsky house and Diego Rivera museum (and counter-culture mercado in the plaza central).
-Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Alameda (spend some $$ to see the Ballet Folklorico)
-Chapultapec to tour the castle and another day to tour the museo nacional de antropologia.
-Day trip to the ruins of Teotihuacan.
-visit the national shrine of la Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.
-November may be bull fighting season, can't remember, but the corrida de toros is worth it if in season.
-There's a tour of the cantinas of D.F. starting with cantina #1, the first licensed cantina in Mexico (they drive you, so enjoy your tequilas).
On the way to or from Puerto Escondido pass through the city of Oaxaca. I'd recommend some days in Oaxaca to see the huge mercado, ruins of Monte Alban, and to soak up the ambiance of this fine colonial city. There are a number of local day trips to nearby indigenous towns.
Yucatan via Belize: If you enter Mexico from Belize you'll enter through the border town of Chetumal. Thats OK, but I'd head out of Chetumal to nearby Bacalar for laid back lounging along the laguna Bacalar and swimming in local cenotes. After that, head northward to Tulum which is touristy, but the ruins along the Caribbean coast are worth it. After that, maybe a side trip to see the ruins at Cobá on the way to the colonial city of Valladolid. From Valladolid see the massive ruins of Chitzen Itza, the more remote ruins of Ek Balam, enjoy swimming in local cenotes, check out Valladolid itself, maybe a day trip to see flamingos and crocodiles at Ria Lagartos.
Then, on to the industrial tourist mill of Cancun if that is your final destination.
Nov 18, 2012 9:10 AM
3I assume you'll get to Antigua and Tikal in Guatemala and enter Belize at its western border.
After Tikal (and not a lot a of time), I'd skip the Mayan sites in Belize and just consider the ATM cave tour.
Perhaps the only architecture worth mentioning in Belize: Supreme Court building, St Johns church and the Museum building (an old jail) -- all in Belize City. You can easily see all within a couple of hours on the day you arrive, so should have enough time to get out out town and on your way to your next destination (I would avoid staying in BC).
Ambergris Caye & Caye Caulker are popular with tourists seeking sun, sea & sand -- sounds like that's not high on your list?
Chetumal was flattened by an hurricane in the 1950s and rebuilt, so not much old architecture still exists. Merida might be the best place to see for archtecture.
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