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1. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

Im now starting to plan a trip to Mexico and hoping to get there in either February or March 2006 and probably spend maybe 1 month here although it really could end up being 3 months if i like it.
Ive just read through a Lets Go Mexico that i got cheap and have a few ideas of places to go but would like peoples opinions/ideas of these areas and maybe places ive missed for any reason.

So far the places that sound ok are or have reasonable hostels are:

Mexico City
Guanajuato
Tula
Cuernavaca
Cholula
Guadalajara
Chapala
Yelapa
Morelia
Oaxaca
Palenque
Chichen Itza
Valladolid

Then after Mexico i will continue to see the rest of Central and South America

2. Posted by jonw (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Veracruz is a good choice also.. I have a friend here who rents an extra bedroom with private bathroom for about a 100 usd per month.. I can pass along her email to you if you like.. john

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 10y

Reece,

Good list to see the "real" Mexico--although personally, I would add at least one seaside resort as well. If you want to go the upscale, party route--go with Cancun as a first choice. If you want somewhere hidden away and far from the crowds, I'd try Puerto Escondido--south of Acapulco a ways. Other possible choices are Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, or Cabo San Lucas (all on the west coast)--Cancun is on the east coast.

As far as some of the other places--Lake Chapala (south of Guadalajara) is kind of overrun by Americans who have decided to take up residence there. Nice place, but not typical Mexico. Puebla is also considered an excellent place, but I've never been there. If you are going to Cuenavaca, you should also swing by Taxco close by to check out the silver mines (and shopping). Go to Chihuahua and head west by train to visit Copper Canyon (at spots this is deeper than the Grand Canyon in the US). It's also where 2 million monarch butterflies go to breed each year.

Lastly, when in Mexico City, visit the pyramids at Teotihuacan, the Zocalo, and the shrine at Guadalupe.

Enjoy.

4. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

Did some more research and the updated list is:

Mexico City
Tula
Guanajuato
Guadalajara
Chapala
Morelia
Toluca
Cuernavaca
Cholula
Puebla
Oaxaca
San Cristobal De Las Casas
Palanque
Campeche
Merida
Chichen Itza
Valladolid
Tulum
Chetumal

Quoting jonw

Veracruz is a good choice also.. I have a friend here who rents an extra bedroom with private bathroom for about a 100 usd per month.. I can pass along her email to you if you like.. john

Thanks for that John.I guess i could visit there between Oaxaca and San Cristobal De Las Casas or maybe instead of Oaxaca.

5. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

Quoting Calcruzer

Reece,

Good list to see the "real" Mexico--although personally, I would add at least one seaside resort as well. If you want to go the upscale, party route--go with Cancun as a first choice. If you want somewhere hidden away and far from the crowds, I'd try Puerto Escondido--south of Acapulco a ways. Other possible choices are Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, or Cabo San Lucas (all on the west coast)--Cancun is on the east coast.

As far as some of the other places--Lake Chapala (south of Guadalajara) is kind of overrun by Americans who have decided to take up residence there. Nice place, but not typical Mexico. Puebla is also considered an excellent place, but I've never been there. If you are going to Cuenavaca, you should also swing by Taxco close by to check out the silver mines (and shopping). Go to Chihuahua and head west by train to visit Copper Canyon (at spots this is deeper than the Grand Canyon in the US). It's also where 2 million monarch butterflies go to breed each year.

Lastly, when in Mexico City, visit the pyramids at Teotihuacan, the Zocalo, and the shrine at Guadalupe.

Enjoy.

Thanks for the info Calcruzer,

Im not really too bothered about the party route so Cancun is off the list although it is close to other places i will be visiting.
A few of the other seaside resorts are abit out of the way with the route i had planned so im not sure what to do.
I also did consider Copper Canyon but that is also a long distance from the other places.

And ive got Teotihuacan,The Zocalo and The Shrine at Guadalupe on my list thanks.

6. Posted by TonyWright (Full Member 49 posts) 10y

I spent two months in Mexico. You can see some photo's an an artcle at www.wrightsite.co.uk

I recommend that you purchase a copy of Lonely PLanets Mexico edition. It has everything you could possibly need.

In Mexico City, stay at Hostel Moneda. Great place, great free food, free tour of the area and lots of cheap tours run through the recetion area. Free internet access. It really is one of the best places to stay in the country.

You wont need more then 2 days for Palenque.

Make sure you visit San Critobal and the bar there called 'El Circo'. Stay at 'Magic Hostel'.

Visit Tulum and Isla Mujeres.

If you need any extra advice, email me as I dont visit here often.

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7. Posted by Alina123 (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

Hi Reece,
I spent the past summer in Mexico. I skipped the party scene as well, and did a lot of colonial towns and ruins. I noticed Uxmal is not on your list; I loved it: some very good architecture, and only an hour away from Merida, but make sure to wear lots of repellant at any ruin.
Other comments:
- Merida and Campeche are very similar; pretty, but the centres are very small, and there's not much to do. I would visit one, but not both.
- I loved Tulum; not the ruins (too many Cancun tourists) but the town and the beach. There are lots of campgrounds and cheap hotels right on the beach.
- Guanajuato and San Cristobal de las Casas were my two favourite places.
- Valladolid is mostly used as a stopover from/to Chichen Itza, and is really unimpressive in itself. Same goes Chetumal (unattractive border town).

ENJOY YOUR TRIP!

8. Posted by taki (Full Member 132 posts) 10y

hello

musts are:

guadalajara
guanajuato
veracruz
mexico city
oaxaca (oaxaca city, puerto escondido)
chiapas (palenque, san cristobal de las casas)
guerrero (acapulco, taxco)
quintana roo (tulum, cancun, coba)
yucatan (chichen itza, merida)

and if you have time:

morelia
morelos (cuernavaca)
puebla (the best mole and other food ...)
chihuahua
durango
coahuila
etc.,

then you visited mexico...

good luck
(by the way I live in quintana roo and not every thing is fiesta here...);)
taka

9. Posted by TonyWright (Full Member 49 posts) 10y

Check out Merida for one of the best restaurants in the country.