hey there -
just wondering what peoples thoughts on north mexico are.....
am going to mexico from the states and am thinking about whether its gona be better to fly direct to mex city - or bus thru the north prob via the copper canyon and chihuahua??
experiences and advice appreciated... cheers
First of all, you are suppose to post this in 'north America' forum
(which includes Mexico). But, some ten years ago I took a bus from
San Diago to Mexico city and I liked it a lot, you see very different
landscapes. However, it took 2 full days, so if you're short in time
it might be worth taking a flight.
My understanding is you can get to Chihuahua by bus, but you can only get to Copper Canyon (or at least go through it) by train. It's supposed to be pretty spectacular since it's even deeper than the Grand Canyon at places, but you never get that close to see all the butteflies (over 1 million) that breed there.
As far as taking a bus or taking a plane to Mexico City--I'd opt for the plane flight. It can get awfully hot and crowded in a bus--especially if you're going long distances--and going through northern Mexico is definitely a long distance--and the roads are not very good.
Mexico City is crowded, but there is lots to do and see there--pyramids, floating gardens, old castles, excellent museums, famous shrines--and except for going to the pyramids, the transportation system is excellent. And, because it's over 7000 feet high, it's a bit cooler there. Also, just south of Mexico City are two interesting and beautiful towns--Taxco and Cuenavaca. Taxco is where all the silver is mined, and Cuenavaca is a beautiful and historic town high up on a hill. Other things to do are to visit the beach resorts in Mexico--Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, or Cancun.
It would be fairly easy to fly into Mexico City, take a bus through Cuenavaca and Taxco to Acapulco, and then either fly back or take the bus back to Mexico City--and thus see both the cultural side and beach resort side of the country--without having to spend days on a bus. This would be my suggestion.
you can also try a cheap flight from usa to guadalajara and start travelling by road from there to Mexico City, great views, closer to where you are actually going, and you get a piece of the real MEXICO, ie, lots of cool places nearby, (the central states are small and you get to see more for less time..)
yeah mexico is large country and traveling by bus takes a long time, but the buses are comfortable and cheap.
We travelled from Mexico City to Texas by bus a few years ago.
The landscape is amazing, but the cities we stopped in were not that great (San Luis Potosi, Monterrey from the top of my head) apart from Guanajuoato.
As been said it's very comfortable to travel by bus
ive been reading a lot a about travel in mex. lately and it seems that most of the things i find attractive are only a few hours by bus from Mexico city. but copper canyon sound well worth the trip north and if you looking for culture theres plenty in the north, its just fewer and farther between.
im am acutually leaving to mex. by bus in a couple of weeks starting at the american border and traveling by bus, stopping in Chihuahua and continuing down to Quetero(sp?) and Guanjuato and probably finisnhing in Mexico City.
anyway, back to your points. i have several friends in mexico and they all think their bus system is cheaper and more comfortable than it is here the states, and also if you dont have a car its a more economic way to see the countries more out of the way places as opposed to airfare and cabfare.
coincidentally, i returned from Oz. recently, where is it you are from?