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1. Posted by hummingbird500 (Budding Member 24 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hello folks-

I am trying to plan a trip to celebrate my graduation from university. I want to visit various countries in Latin America, and have about 1 month to do so, anywhere between mid-May and early August. My Spanish is conversational, so getting around and understanding others won't be an issue.

Other than that, I have no ideas or parameters. Anyone have any suggestions for must-see places or fun cities? It will be myself and two other recent graduates, and we are more interested in seeing cities and famous sites than doing any sort of intensive nature travel. Night life is especially important.

So really, I'm just looking for places to perhaps visit while I plan my itinerary! Any suggestions and tips are welcome!


2. Posted by GeorgeCurios (First Time Poster 1 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

Hey there where are you traveling from? it is a good idea to take a flight to the border let's say San Diego and then you can cross the border to Mexico, I highly recommend to travel on public transport rather than using a rental car our your own vehicle because it will save you a lot of time and trouble you can leave you vehicle at your local off-airport parking and fly away, once you get into Mexico you can start you journey down south. A good route to take is go all the way down South of the Baja California an then taking a ferry from La Paz to Mazatlan an the continue on the road via bus, there's some nice places you can stop along the way like: Guadalajara Jalisco, Morelia Michoacan, Mexico City Mexico, Puebla, Oaxaca and Chiapas before getting to the south border with Guatemala.

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3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2575 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

Latin America is absolutely huge. You should at least mention where you're flying from and give some clue regarding budget and style of travel.


4. Posted by Danny321 (Budding Member 13 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

Guys, I am planning to go London with my family. I love this country and I am very excited to see the beauty of this country. I heard much about the beauty of this city attractions. I hope I will make a plan to go there as soon as possible. I hope I will come back with great kind of memories.

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8. Posted by johnniewalker01 (Budding Member 11 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Hi folks

My today 's post is aimed to those planning a first trip to the south.
... If you are looking for a peaceful place in Latin America, my advice is Dominican Republic.
Mostly because Dominican Republic is a wonderful country with a nice weather and a great culture.
There are so many places to visit in Dominican Republic that you won't want to leave when you have return home. The ideal scenario is to spend time there, 500 nights are not enough if you are trying to get involved with the essence of the Caribbean.

My suggestions are many ( and I could help you with the good itinerary, if you need it) but you can't leave Dominican Republic without spending a time in the beautiful beaches of Babaro or in the Jarabacoa mountain.

However, ... if you are planning a journey or a first encounter with the Latin American culture you should travel to Mexico first (at least for a few days) because there is not place like Mexico for a first approach to Latin America (mostly if you are American).

I have traveled already to some places in Latin America, and I would enjoy sharing some of my experiences with you. So ... when you decide where to go find your place, let me know. I would love to get in touch, and help you to plan good trips to this stunning region.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Nov-2016, at 07:46 by johnniewalker01 ]

9. Posted by johnniewalker01 (Budding Member 11 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Hi Guys

Considering I am definitely moving to my next travel experience, my coming posts are going to be my last reviews about this amazing country
(as an ultimate tribute).

... I would certainly encourage you to visit Mexico this summer, particulary on mid june. The weather in this specific time of the year is perfect for walking around and for open-air activities (and of course, for night life too). But even better, people seem to be happier with travelers, what makes things easier.

There are a lot of places to visit in summer ... in my next posts I will suggest you some good places you can not miss. So, if you want to have a real experience in Mexico ...You need to plan at least a whole week tour and even if you are traveling with a group need to reserve a day to experience the cultural immersion.

So my fellow travelers, if you need an accurate direction of the city or any suggestion, I would be happy to help you ...I only need to know the exact date you are expecting to travel.

About myself, I have been considering all my chances and planning a lot what to do next. I am planning to spend some time in the caribbean in the meanwhile, probably Dominican Republic ...I have the chance to move to DR in september/october and be there for a month or two. It will be perfect for me, especially before settle next year.

So I could use some suggestion or plan hint from you folks


[ Edit: Edited on 22-Apr-2017, at 14:13 by johnniewalker01 ]

10. Posted by johnniewalker01 (Budding Member 11 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Hey folks!

I have thinking a lot lately about how could i help you guys to experience more than the tourist perspective of the mexico city (or cdmx as they call it), and i have found some basics in that sense.

...Any date is perfect to visit to visit mexico city, it depends on your personal schedule and budge, but if you really want to get in touch with the soul of the city... you will need to spend at least 10 days.

If you are planning to travel next month...i will suggest you to arrive around june 14th, because there are some town festivals and holidays (and there even an international wine fair) these days.

While talking about places to stay, even if there are some high class (fancy) hotels and a lot of cheaper hotels and motels... air bnb is probably the best way to stay if you are travelling short of money. it is wise to save some money in housing, and spend more travelling and exploring the city.

In my personal experience, when you are visiting a country for a few days, you get absorbed by the tourist attractions and at the end you miss the best places. so... you need to find the way to have 2 or 3 days away (for your own), to talk around freely and to meet with the locals. that is the only way you will have a real immersion.

During my time here i have visited some beautiful places and amazing festivals (and have experienced the night life too). so i could recommend to you the best places around to visit im mexico but... i will need to know the exact dates you will spend in mexico in order to be more specific with the scheduleand suggestions.