i spent a couple of months in mexico last year, but had to cut the trip short to meet someone in Guatemala - tsk. life can be so cruel. cutting the trip short meant missing out on the southern part of mexico.
i'm looking to return real soon and pick up where i left off, and would love to hear what people consider the best places. sooooooo -
if you were to return to three places in southern mexico, where would they be, and why?
I don't mind a bit of anything - in the way of beaches/cities/jungly stuff ( i was going to say 'green stuff', but i felt it prudent to rephrase that!) - so any suggestions are most welcome. Come, let me feeeeed on your experiences!!
thank you people. you are making a scruffy man very happy.
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you say 'South' of Mexico, which is a pretty wide area...anyway, I wouldn't miss Chiapas, either its North side (Palenque) or south (S.Cristobal). I would also recommend the South of Quintana Roo and its beaches (Mhajahual, Bacalar lagoon, Tulum). If you like ruins and Maya culture, do the 'Puuc route' in Yucatan peninsula, starting from the amazing Uxmal (go there early in the morning and you'll thank who you want to be alive!) Also, check for 'cenotes' and see what you think of them!
Hope this is helpful...
I recommend Oaxaca for sure for:
architecture of the town
food of the area, very non-Hispanic
the people, non-Hispanic again, indigenous, many non-Spanish speakers
artwork as weaving, pottery, wood, paint, exceptional
landscape, flora and fauna
You can bus or fly due West to the Pacific and stay in Punta Angel and small towns nearby, many on the water. Starting to get built up but has a long way to go!
I have not been father south to Chiapas, fearful of safety.
San Francisco, CA./Puerto Vallarta, JAL.
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i went to puerto escondido last year for 2 weeks. it's a really nice little coastal town on the southern tip of oaxaca. there's tourism, but it's not built up at all (no chain resorts on the beach like cancun or anything like that). it's really cheap, we paid $9US/night for an ocean front suite with a killer view of playa zicatela. we went there to surf (this is the home of the best wave in mexico "the mexican pipe line") and to fish. we went out with one of the local fishermen (only paid $10 US a piece) for the day, and came back with 28 yellow fin tuna (he let us keep one of them, is was delicious!). there was so much life in the water, we saw dolphins, tortougas, whales, sailfish. they call that part of the coast "the jade coast", the beaches and the water are really beautiful. there are nature reserves and tours you can go on as well. as far as the food goes - i think i gained 5 lbs! it was awesome - oaxaca is home of the mole dish. i recommend this area, we stayed in this town because we really liked it, but the towns nearby are just as nice and charming i'm sure.
good luck, and have fun!