Into Cancun and out of LA.
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Apr 9, 2013 9:39 AM Last Post By: slilly2013
Mar 27, 2013 10:10 AM
Into Cancun and out of LA.I am considering flying into Cancun in mid April and out of LA ,5 weeks later.
The rough plan is to travel up through Mexico during these 5 weeks. A mixture of beaches, historic sites and experiencing some Mexican cities.
I also would like to visit the Feria de San Marcos.
I understand Mexico is a huge country and that some pretty long bus journeys will be required.
What kind of weather should I be expecting? I know Mexico is large and it varies, but in general will it be sunny?
Am I likely to encounter any problems with this plan?
I am British and the entry an exit point are largely due to cost.
Any info great appreciated!
Mar 27, 2013 10:25 AM
Mar 27, 2013 12:40 PM
Mar 27, 2013 2:36 PM
3Looks like Volaris ( Click here ) flies from Guadalajara to Los Mochis for your connection to the Copper Canyon and then from Los Mochis to Tijuana. It appears that all flights from Chihuahua go south to either Guadalajara or Mexico City.
I agree with Queretaro re: northern Mexico, especially as you will have spent 4+ weeks in the southern parts of the country.
Have fun planning your trip and Bien viaje !
Edited by: miguelito_garcia
Mar 27, 2013 2:45 PM
4I wouldn´t say there are no attractions N of Guadalajara. The Copper Canyon trip would be great. In your position I would list what you really want to see, the very important places. Then determine from that list where you can grab a cheap flight. So you maximize your time in the great places and do not completely destroy your butt and back on a huge bus jaunt that costs as much as cheap flights (saving time for more exploring and less desert watching)
Weather is hot and dry in April typically. Like today. Here in Zacatecas we are at 8,500 feet so even with the hot sun at 2 pm it cools off later, same I understand in Chihuahua at the top of the canyon. The feria de San Marcos is fun, its a feria - a state fair - but on a large scale. so you´ve got headliner music, B & C act music, animals and all that farm stuff, Plaza de Toros, charreria, etc etc http://www.feriadesanmarcos.com/interiores/la_feria/eventos_feriales/indice_002.html Aguascalientes is not that big so I would reserve a room now.
Airline sites to check out are Volaris, Interjet, Vivo Aerobus. sometimes the sites are f-ed up (like now) and so I just call, they have English speakers theoretically.
For ex. I would do the Mayan sites and some beach time in the Cancun area, then fly to DF and do that city and the colonial cities north of there, tough it out on the bus from Durango to Chihuahua, do Copper Canyon and then try to get a flight to Tijuana or direct to LAX may be just as cheap - from Chihuahua or Los Mochis or wherever.
Or here´s an idea - Copper Canyon train and transport Chihuahua to the Sea of Cortez, Totolobambo ferry to La Paz, Baja California Sur, and from there fly to LAX
Mar 27, 2013 3:33 PM
Mar 27, 2013 4:14 PM
6Visa issues aside, you are arriving in Cancun and leaving from Los Angeles and have five weeks to tour around Mexico seeing beaches, historic sights and Mexican towns. Arriving in mid-April puts you leaving around the end of May. You should be able to do a pretty nice trip with that amount of time. The Yucatan will be hot and humid, central Mexico much cooler and drier, but getting hot during the day. You don't mention budget, so I assume money isn't a limiting factor. You've expressed interest in seeing the Copper Canyon.
Considering all that I'd suggest spending the first week checking out the Yucatan Peninsula. If you like touristy, then a few days in Cancun would be OK. Then head west to Valladolid and see the Mayan ruins of Chitzen Itza and Ek Balam, maybe do some swimming in local cenotes. Then to Merida for at least a couple nights and check out more Mayan ruins along the Ruta Puuc (Uxmal) and maybe a day trip out to the wildlife preserve at Celestun.
After that, on towards Mexico City stopping at Puebla to see the colonial city center and eat some mole (it's where it was invented). From there drop down to Oaxaca, or head on into Mexico City. Either way, plan on three or four days in Mexico City - the centro historico, Chapultapec, day trip to Teotihuacan, Bellas Artes, and much, much more.
After Mexico City head west checking out Queretero, Guanajuato, and reaching Guadalajara. There you can take the tequila tour (to the town of Tequila) and hear mariachis (Guadalajara is the home of the mariachi).
For the Copper Canyon head towards Los Mochis from Guadaljara, but continue on to the town of El Fuerte and board the train there. Plan on a couple nights in Creel on the top of the canyons with day tours to hot springs, waterfalls and an overnighter down into the canyon bottom at Batopilas.
Depending on time, when you return to Los Mochis on the train you could work your way up the mainland coast along the Sea of Cortez to Los Angeles, or take a ferry over to the Baja Peninsula and work your way north to Los Angeles that way.
Mar 28, 2013 12:49 PM
7@cdffirefly, i was meaning Los Angeles when i said LA, sorry for the confusion. I think Mexico probably has enough abbreviations without me adding ones from other countries. FD, PV etc.
@others, many thanks for the replies from everyone, it is extremely useful and certainly makes planning easier.
I have been looking at the airlines posted and it seems domestic flights are pretty reasonable and that the price does not go up a huge amount if i was to book only a week in advance. This would give me some flexibility and allow me to plan as I go.
I will be back once I have conducted further research into the recommendations you have made. Getting the LP tomorrow.
Mar 29, 2013 11:33 AM
8Completely good plan Silly, and listen to Cascade also. It is a big country with lots of variations of scenery and great stuff there for the asking. With only 5 weeks it makes sense to focus on parts and arrive in 1 piece, take regional planes and do not kill self on bus. I can never understand travellers who spend more on lengthy bus rides at the expense of you know, better days touring at less expense.
Apr 9, 2013 9:39 AM
9I have had to change my plans due to time constraints.
I am now flying into and out of Mexico City and staying only minimum of 3 weeks. Better than nothing but not the 5 weeks I had hoped for.
I have started another thread with questions more suited to my revised trip.
The Yucatan and Copper Canyon will be for future trips now! :(
Thanks again for your advice.
Edited by: slilly2013
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