How much money do I need for 2 months in Guadalajara?
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Feb 19, 2013 12:37 AM Last Post By: travelbuggie
Feb 17, 2013 6:50 PM
15I used Allianz for my travel ins. I just get the medical, flight cancellation and incidentals..you can get more inclusive but since I am independent traveler, I do not need a lot of the other stuff the offer. In the N.Y. Times, Seth Kugel just wrote about travel insurance. You can google to read article.
Feb 17, 2013 10:52 PM
16Chris, I do speak Spanish moderately well. I will consider visiting a smaller town like that, but probably only after a few weeks in GDL to improve my listening comprehension."
Most of my experiences in rural/small town Mexico have been in other regions, far from Guadalajara. Two towns in the region that I have enjoyed visiting are Patzcuaro, Michoacan and Comala, Colima. You can find lots of information about Patzcuaro in guidebooks; It attracts many international tourists.
Comala, in contrast, primarily draws Mexico visitors, many of whom come there for the day from the nearby city of Colima. Comala is just a twenty minute bus ride from Colima, so its sort of a suburb, or exurb, of that little city. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons local tourists experience being in the "country" by eating , drinking, shopping,,and listening to mariachis in front of Comala's pleasant plaza. I've spent several satisfactory nights near that plaza in the town's very economical Hotel Comala. One day I enjoyed walking to and from the nearby settlement of Nogeras, where an interesting art museum plus ecology education center is located. Side trips can also to be taken from Comala to pleasant places located further up the slopes of Volcan Colima. Lonely Planet's guidebook has some information about Comala under the heading "Around Colima". See also:
Three small towns in Jalisco that I've not yet visited, hope to reach someday, are Talpa, Mascota, and San Sebastian. Those out-of-the-way mountain communities are located between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, but accessible via back roads rather than the main highway. Some information about those towns is presented in Bruce Whipperman's guide to the Puerto Vallarta region. If you look that up on Amazon's website, you can then search inside the book for information about Mascota, etc. See:
Feb 18, 2013 4:53 PM
To safe some money I have some other options as well for accommodation. I run a Spanish school and for this reason I have several accommodations that I offer to students or travelers. There is one really cheap one which cost you 275 USD a month which comes down to less then 10 USD a night. This is a spacious 5 bedroom house where you will share the bathroom with maximum one other student. The house has high speed wireless internet and cable TV, 2 1/2 bath, spacious living room and dinning area and a fair sized kitchen.
The location of the accommodation is in Tlaquepaque which is apart of Guadalajara. You can find some pictures on my website.
If you want to practice your Spanish you can come to the school and we can set you up for free with a Mexican conversation partner. You will have to speak both languages.
If you have some other questions just let me know.
Feb 19, 2013 12:37 AM
18I was in GDL lasts year and spent about $15/day on a shared hostel so I know you can do it for $50/day with ease. I dont know if I would want to spend 2 months in a hostel with so many coming and going. I would personally rent a place for two months or looking at families that you can pay to stay for two months or 1 month here and 1 month there. Just for comfort and security. Sometimes you just want to chill alone, in your own space.
You can find some good deals. The cheapest I found was a taqueria that sold 5 pork tacos for $1. And there were places where I can get a full combo meals w/ the works for $10. So with all that time I'm sure you will find some favorite hotspots. Two months is an awfully long time. You can see pretty much every tourist attraction and then some in 2 weeks. So I hope you have a back plan on how to just do nothing and chill! =D
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