Zacatecas, Morelia or Puebla?
Replies: 22 - Last Post: Jul 22, 2013 7:03 AM Last Post By: lake_wobegon
Jun 30, 2013 12:10 PM
15The description of Zacatecas as "neither clean nor tourist friendly" definitely strikes me as off; I found it to be just the opposite. The Bufa, Eden Mine, downtown, it's all set up for easy visits and in general the city strikes me as cleaner than most.
Plus you have the added benefit of possibly running into #14 who can show you the place's good side!
Of course, flying directly into Zac and heading south would probably be easier than doing the whole back and forth.
Jul 1, 2013 8:47 PM
16Personally I think you will find Morelia a little boring and staid compared to a lively city like Oaxaca de Juarez. Also there's been narcotrafico problems around there. Morelia is a beautiful colonial city but it's kind of stuffy. I am prejudiced though because Oaxaca is one of my favorite places on the planet and a big tourist destination for people inside Mexico due to the delicious food, warm vibrant people, amazing festivals and what originally attracted me there, outstanding handicrafts. I keep going back. I would also suggest another option which would be to go to Chiapas. San Cristobal is a neat city and Palenque is very worth seeing. Lot of interesting indigenous culture in both Chiapas and Oaxaca in addition to ecotourism. Puebla is on my list of places I WANT to visit because of the beautiful tiles. Also if you take the bus on the toll road from Mexico City to Oaxaca, you go right through Puebla. Enjoy!
Jul 3, 2013 6:46 PM
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Jul 5, 2013 8:18 PM
19Forget the other two places and go straight to Morelia. This small state capital is bustling with activity, nearly 24 hours a day, with one of the best music scenes outside Mexico City. The area is second only to Oaxaca as one the craft capitals of Mexico.
It's definitely the food capital of the world, with some of the best street food in Mexico. Try their "Gaspacho" Morelia-style, with chopped mango, pineapple, jicama and drenched in orange and lime juice. This capital has something for everyone.
Morelia is also the gateway to Lake Patzcuaro and the lands of the Purepecha. Take day trips to the indigenous villages and see the creation of the famous masks, copper works, wood carvings and embroidery. Or take a day trip to Uruapan, the macadamia nut/avocado capital of the world, with fresh trout raised in the pure, mountain springs. Order any dish "Uruapan-style" and it will be served with sliced avocados and covered in toasted macadamias.
I suggest going to Morelia for the food alone!
Edited by: dmhaun
Jul 16, 2013 3:06 AM
20I'm reading this thread with keen interest.
And hello to Anonimo! You may perhaps remember me from approx 2 years back asking a mountain of questions on this forum in preparation for our first Mexico trip.
Someone on here indicated that it would not be our last trip and they were correct. We are heading back in March/April 2014 and I am in the preliminary stages of planning where exactly to go. Unfortunately I can't find the threads on here from my prior questions, which had some wonderful information.
OP - I would wholeheartedly suggest spending some time in San Miguel de Allende. It was our favourite place in Mexico, with Mexico City a close second. Guanajuato was also brilliant but to me but behind San Miguel. I can't comment on the other places sorry.
Jul 22, 2013 4:35 AM
21Thanks for all the info. I think we have decided on Zacatecas and Puebla... so our itinerary will be something along the lines of
Mexico City - Zacatecas - Guanajuato - Puebla - Mazunte - Oaxaca - Mexico City
I think that Guanajuato to Puebla involves going through Mexico city again which is a little annoying but nothing major.
I really can't wait now!
Jul 22, 2013 7:01 AM
22How many days to you have to visit Mexico? At least two to 2.5 weeks, I'm assuming given the suggested itinerary. That's a lot of moving about, some long distances, and there will be a lot of time spent on busses. Do us a favor by returning to post a trip report either from along the way or when you get back home. Thanks. Have fun!
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