Mexico City to Tulum in 17 Days
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Mar 2, 2013 4:45 PM Last Post By: WoodyPTom
Nov 24, 2012 2:11 PM
Mexico City to Tulum in 17 DaysGreetings everyone,
I will be flying into Mexico DF Dec 1 and heading south, needing to be in Tulum by Dec 17. I don't have much planned except to stop in Oaxaca and Chiapas on the way. Curious as to what some of your suggestions may be in places to visit, things to see/do, and activities along the way. A bit about myself, I am 24, single male from Colorado and fairly fluent traveler with decent enough Spanish. My main interests would be unique cultural sights and towns, epic hikes and outdoor activities, and a bit of partying in between.
Thanks for the suggestions.
Nov 24, 2012 9:14 PM
1Have you ever been to Mexico before? If not, then there is plenty to visit. Oaxaca and San Cristobal are must visits. Oaxaca Pacific coast if you like to relax on the beach. Plenty of Maya ruins to keep you busy along the way. All the party can be done at the end of your trip in Cancun/Playa del Carmen.
Nov 25, 2012 11:37 AM
2I have been to Mexico before but only to beach resorts. I will certainly be checking Puerto Escondido near Oaxaca. I am most unsure on what I will be doing in Chiapas, in and around San Christobal, and curious if anyone had recommendations for places to stop along my route that may not be so obvious.
Nov 25, 2012 1:02 PM
Nov 25, 2012 5:26 PM
Nov 26, 2012 7:39 AM
5Here is a link to info about the pueblos mancomunados: http://www.sierranorte.org.mx/
Note there have been several threads recently about hiking around Oaxaca, they include mention of Ixtlan de Juarez, one of my favourite places too.
And if you're interested in a great one day hike to the summit of La Malinche (Malintzi), an extinct volcano near Tlaxcala and Puebla (on your route, more or less), search for some threads by myself and others on this branch.
Mar 2, 2013 4:45 PM
6I'd agree you should go to San Cristobal. Chiapas is stunning and a relief from the heat if you're coming from places that aren't in the mountains! I wouldn't bother doing the usual trip out of San Cristobal to Chamula (village that's supposedly one of the 'holiest' sites in Mexico). It's just one niceish church and lots of hawkers, stray dogs and beggars, there's rubbish everywhere and half the village is falling to bits.
If you can get there, Calakmul is a definite highlight. It's one of the biggest Maya sites, but the charm is that there are barely any tourists there, and it's right in the jungle so if you're into wildlife it's great - we saw howler monkeys, spider monkeys, toucans, tarantulas and more.
Agua Azul and Misol Ha are both waterfalls in Chiapas that are standard stops I think but both quite cool. Bacalar lagoon near Chetumal is beautiful if you go that way. We just stopped for an afternoon for a swim and a beer but I think there's probably some more adventurous stuff around there if you look for it. I'm sure you'll do this anyway but make sure you go to some cenotes in Yucatan. Grand Cenote near Tulum is a good one.
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