Replies: 15 - Last Post: Aug 9, 2012 2:10 PM Last Post By: softseattraveler
Aug 5, 2012 7:04 AM
I will apologise firstly as I am sure people have already asked this question but here goes.....
My boyfriend and I are coming to Mexico around October time for three weeks, so far we have nothing booked and no concrete plans. Can you please advise on the MUST SEE attractions, places to visit and places to avoid. We want to experience the true (safe) Mexican culture, food, attractions and wildlife and if possible visit Baja California as we have a friend working here.
We would be most grateful for any advice or information.
Thanks in advance
Aug 5, 2012 7:52 AM
1Three weeks is not as much time as you think in this big and diverse country. Study a travel guide and I know people will be happy to answer more speific questions. If you do go to BC to see the friend, note that BC is interesting in itself, but it will put you a long way from many of the things you might want to see.
Aug 5, 2012 8:44 AM
We have just arrived from our trip in Mexico with my GF. We wanted a safe place and at the same time enjoy the Mexican culture, so after a long research we chose to visit Cancun. It's an internationally renowned travel area with the second biggest barrier reef in the world(after Australia), so you will have amazing beeches with awesome Mexican food. There you can check the capital of Mayans with Chichen Itza pyramids... We had great time!
Let me know if you have any other questions!
Aug 5, 2012 9:16 AM
4What are you interested in? Everything depends on that.
Please do some reading. You are at such an early stage of research that any old guide to Mexico will do.
Aug 5, 2012 9:38 AM
5We have been doing some research today, our ideas at present is;
fly into mexico city, spend around 4 days here, then travel on to Baja Calafornia for approximately 1 week and then fly over to Cancun and spend 10 days there and then fly back from there. Would that be an adequate amount of time in each place, although I know 3 weeks is not a long time!! Any other suggestions / ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Aug 5, 2012 9:40 AM
6Get a guidebook. Lonely Planet Mexico, for example.
Aug 5, 2012 10:14 AM
7Mexico City is the #1 must see. Cancun hotel zone is generic beach spot catering to international clientele, so it really doesn't feel like Mexico. But, there are a lot of things to see in that area (particularly if you rent a car). It will still be rather hot in October in Yucatan Peninsula. I have no interest in Baja. Would be last on my list. I would focus more on the central highlands. Weather is great in most parts there, and there is a lot of colonial architecture and history all around. There is a lot of debate here about which parts are best, but the same cities come up again and again: Mexico City, Oaxaca (not may fav), Guanajuato, Merida, San Cristobal de las Casas, Taxco and many more. There are tons of great beach towns, but my favorite general area is Yucatan -- but not Cancun -- for the sand and the water (I love to snorkel). There are incredible ruins: Teotihuacan (near Mexico City), Palenque, Chichen Itza, etc. This is just scratching the surface. You need to focus in a bit to get better advice. I guess if I were going to throw out random ideas, maybe 4-5 days in Mexico city and then a few days each in a couple of other towns in the central highlands, then maybe a week or so in Yucatan -- many beach towns to choose from -- and Merida and Chichen Itza (and Ek Balam). Anyway, as many are saying above, grab a guide book and use it to start zeroing in on your interests.
Aug 5, 2012 1:27 PM
Aug 5, 2012 2:15 PM
9some things to think about. I am not familiar with the Yucatan, ( actually I have no interest in Cancun) but October in the tropics is still the rainy season. I assume you know this and are prepared for it. As suggested above you could fly to LAX then for $165 US to Cabo San Lucas ( why you would escapes me but .. ) 3 Days a week there is a ferry from La Paz to Mazatlan. It is a 14 hr overnight trip. Last time I took it was a full moon and had a splendid trip. Maz has everything. I stay there for up to 3 months in winter. You can fly from there to anywhere in Mexico and a number of places in the US including LA. If you decide on Maz I can fwd stays, good places (not in tourist zone) and great things to see. Its a safe place to go. I was last there in March 2012 and will go again this winter.
Aug 5, 2012 4:31 PM
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Aug 5, 2012 9:59 PM
12Di--Baja Peninsula is 1,000 miles/1,600 Kilometers long. Where exactly amid that lengthy landscape does your friend live? Also, from/to what other part(s) of the world will you enter and leave Mexico? Those factors, and also your personal interests, could matter. Because travelers vary, there are no universally applicable "must see" places in Mexico.
Like some others here, I consider Cancun to be a convenient airport, uninspiring and overpriced as a destination. Fortunately, Cancun has good ground transportation links to more interesting places, spots located both along the Caribbean Coast and also inland.
I agree with Boingo's suggestion made above in #7 that in addition to visiting Mexico City you also spend some time in one or two smaller central highland cities or towns. The weather will probably be much more pleasant in that region during October than it will be down in the hot, flat lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Aug 6, 2012 7:08 AM
13In terms of the Yucatan/Caribbean coast, most of the world thinks it's just Cancun. In reality, there are loads of alternatives to the big resorts. Hence, while you may be interested in that area, do know that you don't have to be in Cancun proper. Take a look at Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Akumal, etc, etc, etc...
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