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1. Posted by Saaa (Budding Member, 11 posts) 18 Jun '08 05:55

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hi!

i (23, female) plan a trip for next year. wanna start in playa del carmen, mexico.
now my question is, how save is mexico for a woman to travel alone?
does any one of you can help me? and give me some tips which places i have to see.
what else i have to say is, that i'm not a experienced traveller. was this year in thailand and it was acutally no problem, but i think mexico will be a little bit more different.

thanks and nice greetings from switzerland!

sandra

2. Posted by idilla (Budding Member, 12 posts) 18 Jun '08 07:25

what kind of trip are you planning to make?

the safest way to travel for a woman alone is by bus. Altough, if you are planning to stay within that area, you can totally rent a car and visit Tulum, Xel-Ha, Sian Ka'an, Chichen Itza, Merida, Valladolid, Ek-Balam, etc.

Now, if your plans include a road trip around the country, then do it by bus. The network takes you anywhere and there are some first class ones that are not expensive at all (too bad they don't go ecerywhere).

I've been traveling by myself getting always safe using these lines:
ADO GL, UNO, Primera Plus, ETN, Turistar Ejecutivo

And not so fancy
Futura, Senda, Omnibus de Mexico, ADO, Pullman and most of the Estrella Blanca.

You can buy tickets in advance from Paya del Carmen in

https://www.ticketbus.com.mx/ticketbus/inicio.jsp

but it's easier to just buy your ticket when you get there (either in the bus terminal or in travel agencies)

3. Posted by LaGuerita (Budding Member, 5 posts) 18 Jun '08 07:49

Hola!!!

Traveling in Mexico alone as a woman is no problem. I have been doing it for the last 5 years. I love Mexico and have never had anything bad happen to me.

My suy ggestion: get a Lonely Planet and stay in hostels. Try to stay in female-only dorm rooms, not for safety reasons, but that's how you'll meet other women who are traveling alone.

Also, I would say, don't stay that long in Playa del Carmen, go straight to Tulum. Tulum is a lot less touristy and more backpacky. I don't know how long you have in Mexico, but if you are planning on traveling around, here is my suggested itinerary:

Playa del Carmen/Tulum----> Palenque, Chiapas (stay at Mayabel and make sure you go to Agua Azul)

Palenque----> San Cristobal, Chiapas

San Cris----> Oaxaca

Oaxaca ----> Puerto Escondido (stay at the Mayflower. You can also go to Mazunte, a different beach town)

Puerto Escondido ------> Oaxaca

Oaxaca ------> Mexico City (Stay at Hostel Amigo)

From Mexico City you can fly home or fly back to Playa del Carmen to fly home.

Any questions...feel free to ask!!!!

Besos,
Guerita

4. Posted by David_HH (Budding Member, 2 posts) 18 Jun '08 12:28

Hallo,

maybe you can tell us, how long do you plan to be there? and how are you flying in and out of the country.

A possible route all with bus could be:

I agree with a previous post. Dont stay to long in playa. Go to Tulum after that you can take a bus from there to ChichenItza make a quick visit and continue to Merida. Visit the city and take a night bus to Palenque
In Palenque visit the ruins and make a one day tour to agua azul and continue then continue to San Cristobal.

Visit the city and go to Tuxtla where you can go to the Canon del Sumidero. From Tuxtla take a night bus either to Puerto Escondido or Huatulco depending what you prefer. Puerto is great for surfing.

After that you continue to Oaxaca, where you can visit the city and Montealban. From Oaxaca either take a bus to Mexico City or to Puebla depending on your time.

In Puebla you can visit the center and Cholula and then continue to Mexico City.

In Mexico City, there is a lot to see the old center of the city, Xochimilco, Teotihuacan (near Mexico city), etc. All depends how much time do you have and how fast do you like to travel.

I have done the whole tour in 3 weeks taken some night buses to save time.

Ich wunshce dir ein schone Reise durch Mexiko und macht dir keine sorge wegen sicherheit. Wir sind nette leute

Gruß

David

5. Posted by Saaa (Budding Member, 11 posts) 18 Jun '08 14:55

hey!

wow! thank you all for your replies.

@idilla
just started planing my trip. i wanna go with 12'000 - 15'000 $ and then travel as long as i have money. :-)
first i visit a part of my family in miami. think from there i will go by plane to mexico and travel a little along the caribbean cost i think. after i wanna go to peru. but i'm not sure if i should go there by bus or take the plane. maybe it will be also a good idea to take spanish lessons in playa del carmen.
thank you for the tip with the bus, will note me all these good bus lines.

@LaGuerita
yes, i wanna spend as less money as i can, so then hostels will be the best.
not sure right now, how many time will spend in mexico, but acutally i have no time limit, just a money limit. :-)
maybe a little longer time in mexico, if i'm taking spanish lessons. is it easy to find a place where i can take spanish lessons?
will google your places you wrote me, sounds really interesting.

@Daniel_HH
wow you have done this in 3 weeks. was that not a little stressful?
really have to read more about all these places which you and guerita wrote. tulum sounds good, really don't need much touristy places.
also thought about learning surfing. do you know how is it with diving?
Habe mir eigentlich schon gedacht, dass ihr keine bösen Leute seit. Doch ich dachte mir als Frau muss man scho einwenig mehr aufpassen als als Mann.

Greeeets

Sandra

6. Posted by idilla (Budding Member, 12 posts) 18 Jun '08 16:53

Wow, I wish I had that amount of money and time to travel!

Don't even think about getting to Peru by bus, take a plane from Mexico City or Cancun to Lima if you're going there.
Just to give you an idea, i was living in Mexico City with the third part of your budget a year, so as long as you don't stay in fancy hotels, it can last for a long time.

you have already a big list of places in the south east, but if you're looking for surf, go to Puerto Escondido, which is in the Pacific, but also in the south. It is the 3rd best place for surfing in the world. Near there (well, in the same state) is Huatulco, which is for me the most beautiful beach in the country, and also, the capital of the state is amazing (Oaxaca).

You should try to learn Spanish from before. As any other latin country, it is hard to find people that speak something else.

7. Posted by PacoMX (Budding Member, 2 posts) 18 Jun '08 20:17

Sandra, you have many posts now! La Guerita sugesstion is very nice and very cheap. In this route you can take transport with "Bamba Experience" they offer specialized transport for backpacking; you find them in Google. Some another places are in the west of Mexico City. The region "la meseta Purhepecha" in Michoacan, more or less 4-5 hours from Mexico City by highway (the bus line are first class). Cities "must see" in this zone are Morelia the state capital and a beautiful colonial city, Patzcuaro an Janitzio island; Angahuan and Paricutin volcano and many little towns in this region. Another beautiful city is Guanajuato, in the state of same name; also San Miguel Allende near Guanajuato city. And near Mexico City is Real del Monte in Hidalgo State. Now with Google Earth you can find any place or town and find maps with distances, etc. If you need detailed information for specific place, put a post here with your questions. You have many time for planning the adventure!

8. Posted by Saaa (Budding Member, 11 posts) 19 Jun '08 13:18

hey!

@idilla
good to know, that it will be a good idea to take some spanish lessons before. hopefully it is not hard to learn, because i can't talk at all spanish. i just can talk a little french, but i think i can't compare it with spanish.
really you lived with 4000 $ a year in mexico? without working somewhere? that sounds great.
have you ever been to brasil? maybe also wanna go there.

@PacoMX
thanks for your tips, will all check them out and if i have questions i will write you.

how's about the visa for mexico? how long can i stay with one there? and is it easy to get one without a flight ticket out of the country? i'm acutally not sure.

cheers,

sandra

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10. Posted by idilla (Budding Member, 12 posts) 19 Jun '08 22:31

Well, i was working, but that was the money i was making, just giving a couple of private piano lessons.
And my rent was very low ($100/month). But i was not traveling, just living there and studying.

I can give you plenty of tips to visit but it's easier when you have a basic itinerary already.

Oh, about the visa, you don't need it if you're swiss, just your passport. I think you can stay for 3 months (not sure), but it's very easy to extend that time once you're there.

Visit

http://www.sre.gob.mx/english/services/visasforeigners.htm#2