Mexico September 2012 Trip report
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Oct 9, 2012 4:02 AM Last Post By: pjquinn
Oct 1, 2012 4:30 AM
Mexico September 2012 Trip reportHave scoured the forum quite a bit for advice so thought I would share a fairly breif trip report for anyone looking at doing a similar tour. Im a 32yr old single, professional male from the north of england. Like travelling to see cool stuff, see old stuff, meet new people and have some fun nights out. My trip was for 3 weeks.
Route - Cancun-Tulum-Valladolid-Chichen Itza-Merida-Palenque-San Cristobal-Oaxaca-Puerto Escondido-Zipolite-Oaxaca-Mexico City-Cancun
Day 1 - Cancun. Stayed at Hostel Queztal which was a bit out from the main town but quite nice with a nice chilled out vibe. Had day on the beach which was nice but pretty built up. Early night
Day 2 - Hitchhiked to Tulum which was fairly easy. Stayed at the Weary Traveller hostel which didnt have the best rooms but again was a nice social hostel and had a cool vibe. Went to the ruins and chilled out on the beach. The beach at Tulum is awesome
Day 3 - Went diving with turtles and swimming in the limestone cenotes. Both organised via the hostel. Both really good. Got shared taxi to valladolid. Only 3 hour journey. Stayed at Valladolid at the Hostel Candelabria. Again a fairly nice place. Had night out in valladolid at some dodgy discotechque.
Day 4 - Left valladolid and got bus to chichen itza. You can leave your backpack in storage at the entrance. Had about 3 hours there then got bus to merida. Stayed at Hostel Nomados. Again a really nice place and it had a pool.
Day 5 - Diving in cenotes at Merida. Again a really worthwhile trip.
Day 6 - Went to visit the ruins at Uxmal. Very hot and sweaty but worthwhile. Then got night bus to palenque
Day 7 - Arrived early at Palenque and went straight out. Stayed at the Jungle Palace and organised a trip via them around the jungle and then the guide drops you out by the ruins. Loved Palenque ruins! Best ones of the trip. Not much else going on in Palenque
Day 8 - Bus to San Cristolbal. Stayed at Planet Hostel. Was ok but a bit quiet. SCCDC was nice but wasnt what i epxected. It is very pretty but a touch touristy. Had a wander round the town then to Revolucion bar for live mexican salsa band
Day 9 - Horse riding tour into the moutains and visted one of the remote villages. Worth while doing although you do feel it on your legs. Night bus to oaxaca.
Day 10 Stayed at Hostel Casa de angel. Really nice spot! Had a walk around oaxaca having a lot to eat. Had fun night out as well.
Day 11 - Arranged trip to the big tree, mescal distillery and petrified waterfalls (limestone sort of formations). Most of the trip was a bit pacakage holiday but the waterfalls were cool.
Day 12 - Bus to puerto escondido. Got taxi to Playa Zicatela. Stayed at Hostel Mondalo. Very quiet but nice place. Not many people about to be fair.
Day 13. Moved to Hotel Rockaway. Nice place but again very quiet. Had a wander around p.e Its nice but its very much a surfers town, with lots of surfers hanging around surfing and talking about surfing. Did surfing lessons which was cool. Looked at sport fishing but pricey on your own.
Day 14 - 15 Got down to zipolite. Got bus to pochutla then taxi to zipolite. Very basic beach huts but loved it. Just sat in a hammock for 2 days drinking run and smoking cigars! Very cheap and nice beach restraunts everywhere. cant swim in the sea but its nice listening to the waves whilst your in your hammock.
Day 16. Got taxi to pochutla then bus to oaxca. Night out in oaxaca.
Day 17 Monte alban. Small but pretty cool ruins. Then got bus to m.c. Arrived at terminal orte and got taxi to Mexico city hostel by the zocalco. Nice place. touch sterile but very clean and well run and secure
Day 18 - Wander around town got down around the centro historica and zona rosa. Then lucha libre at Mexico city arena! Got tube there and got ringside seats for 360 pesos. Absolutely awesome! defo recomend. The night out drinking round zocalo.
Day 19 - Went to see FC America play at the aztec stadium. Great day out. then went drinking up at pata negra bar. not sure of the area but the taxi drivers know it and theres loads of bars around it. cracking night out.
Day 20 - Nursed hangover and made it to teotichuan
Day 21 - Going to try make it to isla de las muñecas.
Day 22 Fly back to cancun
Day 23 - Back home.
With regards to the weather. We had a bit of rain during the day in sccdc but it wasnt too bad..well it was hardcore but pretty breif. A bit of rain in the evening in palenque and rain in the evening in m.c. I had read that it was hurricane season and was preparing for the worse but its not been too bad. just bring a waterproof coat with you.
No hostel was fully booked during my stay. I didnt have to book ahead at all.
Booking coach tickets was pretty easy. Booked in advance on indepence weekend but for the rest you can get timetables and turn up. Although some do sell out. I would prob recomend just sorting it earlier on the day your leaving.
Learn spanish!! I always associated mexico with america and assumed there would be a bit of english spoken. there isnt! Only being here for 3 weeks i didnt really bother learning but wish i had now. You can bumble your way through but it does make life harder
Was easy travelling on your own and theres a well established backpacker network in place for meeting people. In hindsight. I wish i could have seen the ruins at Coba and the cenotes at Valladolid. Also wish id checked out Isla Holbox or Isla mujures as everyone i spoke to spoke highly of them but overall its been a cool trip. Not felt to rushed and every day has been good
Oct 1, 2012 4:51 AM
Oct 1, 2012 4:59 AM
2To be fair....that should read "learn some spanish". I wasnt really in Cancun that long to be fair. There was always someone who could speak a bit of english and you can get there eventually but it will make your experience much easier
Oct 1, 2012 7:46 AM
Oct 1, 2012 8:54 AM
Oct 1, 2012 1:16 PM
5"Was easy travelling on your own and theres a well established backpacker network in place for meeting people."
Thanks for your trip report. It illustrates your quotation above and also demonstrates how varied travelers are. Your seem to be an extraordinary person in some ways, able to happily party hard, tour relentlessly, and take lots of over night bus rides. For many other people, attempting such an endurance feat would induce illness.
Also, some people possessing interest in Mexican culture (beyond alcohol consumption), arts, and history would find your itinerary rushed. Ignoring some extraordinary sights, you rushed right past them as you hurried from hostel to hostel and drinking establishment to drinking establishment.
Every traveler has his or her own likes and style.
Oct 1, 2012 1:57 PM
6To be fair, at least he hit Monte Alban, Palenque and Teotihuacan, all within a three-week span in addition to the partying. It's always interesting to see how easy it is for a first-time visitor to move around the country and have a good time for someone who doesn't speak Spanish.
I have to say that unlike #4 thought the paragraphing technique was fine. Might not have been able to get through a break after each day. :D
Oct 1, 2012 2:55 PM
Oct 1, 2012 3:29 PM
Oct 1, 2012 4:26 PM
9To be fair I did specify what type of traveller I was at the start of the post. Are you trying to imply there is a correct way to visit a country? Yes. I do mean meeting foreign tourists. Is there a problem with wanting to meet backpackers from other countries or your own country? Or if your "travelling" do you have to only meet locals?
Yes. I like to have nights out when I travel. I personaly think that going out drinking with locals (and god forbid some foreign tourists) is the best way to sample the culture of a place. Along with taking in a football match, seeing live music, seeing some wrestling etc
"Also, some people possessing interest in Mexican culture". - I will put my hands up here and admitt...I havent come to mexico to learn about mexican history and arts. Ive been blown away by the beauty of all the sites (natural and man made) but im quite content with just taking it all in. Do you have to learn about a country you vist?
Im sure some of you real travellers will probably just think i am some kind of heathen but there you go.
I suppose I was a bit tired after oaxaca. However 2 days in a hammock in zipolite sorted me right out.
Apologies re the reference to hostel queztal. I was only there one day and in hindsight probably got the wrong bus to head down to the beach.
Yes. I know its sketchy re details but i didnt want to write a huge essay. My english is probably only marginaly better than my spanish to be honest. Yes I know paragraphs are nothing to be afraid of.
Oct 1, 2012 4:37 PM
10Yes I did ignore some sights. Im only here for 3 weeks. Without the luxury of time you have to make compromises. Yes. I could have stayed in the Yucatan for 3 weeks. I would have then missed all the amazing things Ive seen between there and M.C.
Ive always fitted in quite a few long haul journeys on previous holidays (i get the impression im clearly a holiday maker and not a traveller...dam those tourists hey!). Its not for everyone but when ever I go away I do want to see as much as I can. If im honest as well, theres a strange part of me which almost finds I appreciate the beauty of a place more after an arduous journey there. No pain no gain!
To be honest. I think I would have been a bit bored with SCDC after another day. I dont think Palenque had much to offer after a day (I know there were more temples in the region to visit but I was in the mood for a town). I wanted straight out of Cancun. I didnt have an itinerary when I left and have made my own route my chatting to other foreign tourists and seeing what happens.
Oct 1, 2012 5:06 PM
11Even though your travel style and interests are far from my own, count me among those who enjoyed this straightforward report very much. Most important is that you enjoyed your trip, and that you are sharing your appreciation of Mexico with others who may have similar interests. To me,that's what this forum is all about! One thing we have in common--- I also enjoy meeting travelers from other countries and getting their perspectives. I see it as a little perk. Not only am I learning about Mexico (or whatever place I happen to be traveling in,) I have the opportunity for common ground with people from other parts of the world I might not otherwise meet.
Oct 9, 2012 4:02 AM
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