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Mexico - less travelled?

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1. Posted by Cholerica (Budding Member, 7 posts) 31 Oct '06 13:24

very short termed trip to Mexico (3 weeks, starting Nov 18. The first and foremost questionis (as this is really the first time I go somewhere "touristy" without wanting to be insulting) is: How crowded will it be. Is it high season and where do you recommend to go with really little tourists (not even hotels or whatever) Does that exist in M. and where is that?

If you want to combine the big three (diving, mountain, (rain)forest) with this prerequisite, what could be an itinerary? We are open to combine Guatemala, Belize, Mexico / Cancun / Mexico City...

Help us before we book, we are really concerned about pre-Xmas- visitors or pre-spring breakers etc...

THX a mill, I know everybody is special and the world is crowded in general but if you have the chance to organise...

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru, 2634 posts) 1 Nov '06 08:01

I think if you stay out of the main tourist areas (Cancun, Acapulco, etc.), you'll find it's not that touristy a place. It's a huge country, so you're bound to find lots of places that tourists aren't.

I've only been to the Mayan Riveria (Cancun and Playa del Carmen), but I can tell you that even the difference between Cancun (very heavily touristed) and Playa Del Carmen (an hour south, and while still heavily touristed, not nearly as bad as or as crazy as Cancun) is big. Keep heading South and you'll probably find lots of little, out of the way beach towns to check out. Or head into the interior of the country, and there's lots of places without tourists.

3. Posted by Cholerica (Budding Member, 7 posts) 1 Nov '06 11:13

HI Greg, thanks for that, as you've been to Mayan Riviera as you call it was it then ok or did yu bump into people all the time? I stil can't believe that only an hour South everything should be ok, sunds still near, but maybe Pattaya - Rest of THailand relationship style?

THanks C:

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru, 2634 posts) 1 Nov '06 12:30

It be clear, Playa Del Carmen is still pretty busy with tourists, but nothing like Cancun. Cancun might as well be a city in the USA. There are a lot of chain restaurants and bars and mega-resorts. Playa Del Carmen still has some resorts, and it's developing quickly, but it's no where near as Americanize and Touristed as Cancun. Playa Del Carmen, is, however, not a quaint little Mexican village. There's a Sams Club there (like Walmart).

Never been to Thailand, so I can't comment on the relationship between the two.

If you really don't want to bump into ANY tourists, than I wouldn't go to Playa Del Carmen either, or, frankly, anywhere along the "Mayan Gold Coast" as they call that stretch. I'd head way further south, or into the interior of the country.

I've been to Costa Rica and Honduras (and off to Panama this winter), and they are a lot less touristed than Mexico near Cancun, even in the most touristed parts of the country.

You best bet is to probably buy the lonely planet to Mexico and Central America, and then go to whatever cities and towns don't have entries. ;)