Where to go in June/July?
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Jul 19, 2012 9:49 PM Last Post By: Yurster
Jun 7, 2012 2:52 AM
Where to go in June/July?Hello, I recognize that weather patterns throughout the world are changing and things are unpredictable, but wanted to ask anyway...
I'm planning on flying in and out of Mexico City on June 25 and back on July 16 or so, and would love if people could help me out with information on where will be pleasant weather during this time (ideally 70-80 degrees fahrenheit, or 20-25 degrees centigrade), drier (if this is predictable).
Any suggestions of a quiet, tranquil mountain village with easy day walks and good locally grown produce?
Or any beach town(s) that aren't crazy packed with tourists, and won't be sweltering hot?
Thank you so much for any help and suggestions.
Jun 7, 2012 6:00 AM
1Most of the colonial cities are dry and beautiful pleasant weather at this time. Check out Queretaro, Guanajuato, Zacatecas, Tlaxcala, etc. north of Mexico City, and Oaxaca south. Every city has little villages around, everywhere has local produce. What are you going to do while here? Transportation? The quietest towns of few people also have fewer places to stay and access is more difficult without a vehicle - for example 50 minutes or so by car from me in Zacatecas is Sustitican http://mexitv.com/?s=susticacan&submit=Search a very beautiful place. I understand there is one foreign older couple living there, they must like each other alot cuz these mountain villages are very isolated. I am sure you could rent a room in Susti as an example, there are no hotels but all you have to do is walk around the place to meet everybody. There its probably 40 min. by bus a few times a day to nearest pueblo of size, Jerez. Many mountain towns have been abandoned by working age males for years due to migration to USA so lots of empty houses. That type of quiet village experience would be an adventure in culture. Closer to tourist routes would be villages around Oax, the Patzcuaro area, Tlaxcala is a gem of a place, maybe in Hidalgo around Monte Real, also there´s the Copper Canyon area.
All beach towns are sea level (duh) and pretty hot, also that is school vacation time.
Jun 7, 2012 7:21 AM
2Most of the colonial cities are dry and beautiful pleasant weather at this time.
I disagree, the weather will not be dry, more likely wet, but still pleasant.
Add San Cristobal de las Casas to your list of mountain cities for consideration.
Jun 7, 2012 7:24 AM
Jun 7, 2012 12:36 PM
4We´re much drier in San Luis Potosi/Zacatecas region, I´m not sure about Guanajuato, there you are more in tune with Mex DF for weather I think. Rain hasn´t come yet to Zac/SLP/DGO unless you count 3 feeble drops last week. Usually rains begin mid July thru August. Its not constant rain like in eastern USA, more like storms late in the day or all day long passing clouds of precipitation. Past 8 yrs. for me its been late July and late August when events in early eve have been difficult.
but really Yuri the country is vast. If you narrow down possible places we can help figure out your details better. I think all here will agree the altiplano, higher up colonial cities and afueras suit your temperature needs as well as being very interesting. And all these places are easily accessible from Mexico city, by bus, car or plane.
Jun 7, 2012 1:14 PM
5I am a big fan of all the colonial towns north of Mexico City that Zapfilms mentioned in #1 (I'd add Lagos de Moreno and Mineral de Pozos). I've been to Queretaro, Guanajuato, and places around in July last few years (but, alas, not this year) and it always the same, as above: rain in the afternoon or at night for a couple of hours. The rain is actually welcomed as nature is blossoming, temperature is cooling off a bit, and air clears. Typically you are just go to a cafe or an eatery to eat unrushed if you don't want to walk under the rain.
Also, check Chris0Daniel posts here about northern Puebla highlands and canyons in Pachuca - plenty of hiking opportunities and village life; places even less visited by foreign tourist (if at all) than towns Zapfilms mentions.
Jun 7, 2012 4:41 PM
Jun 8, 2012 6:54 AM
7thanks for all the replies! very much appreciated.
i have been to mexico before, several years ago, and loved guanajuato (more than san miguel de allende), morelia, patzcuaro.
havent been to zacatecas but am interested (as well as real de catorce? or is that totally out this time of year?)
and a lot of the other towns mentioned sound great. i will definitely research.
i am a late 20's japanese female, speak fluent spanish, and will not have a car (so taking public transport). given that ill be alone (i have travelled alone extensively in latin america), if i do go to less touristed/populated places, i want to make sure im in safe (although you never know) places if i choose to go walking/hiking alone...if any other ideas come to mind, love to hear ;)
also any tips for stellar vegetarian food anywhere (i would happily make a special trip somewhere if there is memorable cuisine)
thanks for all the help!
Jun 8, 2012 7:06 AM
8Yes Yuri, Real de Catorce is nice in the summer, many national tourists on weekends. I´ve actually been cold there in August when in Matehuala its scorching. There are also a range of hotels, a few weeks back we had an extensive thread on this that you can search, as well as tourism infrastructure like you don´t have in other small towns. In terms of safety when you go to isolated areas its a good idea to ask locals and be accompanied by locals who share your interests.
In Zacatecas here in July and Aug. we get quite a few indy travelling foreigners as well as young Mexicans, and they tend to get together to go to La Quemada pyramids and to the sierra for hiking and mountainbiking, also trips to Real, although that is easy on the bus. You would feel most welcome. Let me know by message here if you need assistance should you come this way -- pw
Jun 8, 2012 10:13 AM
The latest nonsense if the arctic glaciers are melting very fast and will soon be gone. But, it turns out they were melting even faster back in the 30's.
Weather patterns on the planet are always changing, and did thousands of years ago.
Jun 8, 2012 11:38 AM
10If you haven't visited Queretaro, I suggest to spend time there. Search this site for many details re this colonial gem.
Also, from Queretaro, you can do a day trip to a little town of Bernal to hike it's Peña.
Further East from Bernal, there is a Sierra Gorda region. Plenty of hiking possibilities, Fray Junipero Serra's missions, and absolutely unique Pozas at Xilitla - though travelling this mountain region alone on the slow buses maybe a bit tough physically and mentally.
I also always suggest Mineral de Pozos, a reviving ghost town north-east from SMA.
If you travel from Mexico City to Zacatecas, I suggest to stop by a small town of Lago de Moreno between Guanajuato and Aguas Calientas.
Despite all of the vegetables on the menu, Central Mexico never struck me as a place for vegetarian food. Meet and cheese are everywhere, in every dish. There are several vegetarian places in D.F. and Puebla I visited per LP/Rough suggestions and all were mostly blah. One great place I liked is a small place on Universidad, a bit north of Ezequiel Montes - outskirts of city's large Centro Historico. It does not have a sign but has fence doors. I's typically opens at 2 pm for lunch till 6 pm. It is run by mon and son: she's been a vegetarian for 25 years and he used to be a cook in Europe for number of years. The food is thoroughly and wonderfully Mexican but 100% vegetarian.
Jun 9, 2012 4:58 PM
Jun 10, 2012 4:04 PM
12p0gue, dude - I was talking about Queretaro! - sorry, it was misguiding.
OP - here is the map:
A - is Queretaro's very central Jardin Zenea.
B - is a this vegetarian place I mention above.
C - is a corner where there is a mid-size Hidalgo produce market, which has plenty of greens. We lived neraby for some time - prices fr the same product vary strictly according to the quality and the best time to buy is early in the morning. Same area, East side of Ezequiel Montes: there are two small stores: one sells raw milk and fresh cheese and the other fresh breads and wonderful yogurts.
Finally, on you way to B, on Universidad and Guerrero, there is French bakery, you need to be there early to get best breads.
I think those are the best places to buy food in Queretaro's centro.
Jul 18, 2012 8:20 PM
Jul 19, 2012 10:25 AM
14Hi, glad you liked it! If you are still in Queretaro and a bit tired of solely Mexican fare, check this great french bakery (go early in the morning): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sucr%C3%A9-Sal%C3%A9-Delicatessen/150774338266133
Hope you are having great time travelling!
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