Mexico or any other hot place this winter

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1. Posted by yamahu (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

This winter I would like to spend few months in Mexico or maybe South America. So far I have no exactly idea where to go and stay for not too expensive. any sugestion, please let me know. Thanks. MH

2. Posted by joshuag (Full Member 16 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Yamahu,

I can't speak for South America - but I definitely recommend going to Mexico.

I am Mexican, but have lived in New Zealand since I was 9, and I returned to Mexico a few years ago to visit family but mostly for a holiday. Since I had been away so long and my Spanish was so rusty I felt just like a foreign tourist, nevertheless I loved it!

I was quite lucky to have family there so I stayed with them when I was in Mexico City, Queretaro and Cuernavaca but I travelled around the south of Mexico doing the back-packer thing.

Mexico is not very expensive in general. I lasted for 2 months on US$2k (not including flights) and we splashed out on medium range hotels now and then. The hotel prices vary greatly so it depends on your budget. Check out the tripadvisor.com website which is where I found most of the places I stayed in. I stayed in places ranging from US$12 to $80 per night (like most things, you get what you pay for)

You could spend years exploring Mexico so with only a few months I recommend sticking around the central and southern regions. Furthermore, there isn't as much to see in the north and places around the US border like Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez are more like Tex-Mex towns and probably a little dangerous due to the heavy precence of the drug cartels (unless that's your kind of thing)

I wouldn't stick around Mexico City for too long either, though there are some excellent markets and museums around - I highly recommend the "Museo Nacional de Antropología" (National Anthropological Museum) - you probably won't get through it all in one day because it's BIG, but it will give you an excellent idea on the different facets of Mexican culture.

Mexico is a treasure trove of ancient ruins, most built by the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans. Since there are so many sites and after a while the novelty of the runins can diminish somewhat, I recommnend in planning which ones you do visit. The most visited are the ruins in Teotihuacan (30 miles NE of Mexico City) - Located here are two huge pyramids, the bigger one is the third largest pyramid in the world (the first being Egypt's Kufu's pyramid and the second being the Pyramid of Cholula near Puebla also in Mexico)

I personally went to Chichen Itza and Palenque which were both amazing. My favorite was Palenque due to it's location. There weren't huge crowds there and you could hear growler monkeys in the surrounding tropical rain forest as you sit atop of one of the many pyramids.

Other good places to go are, Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas, Merida - which are lovely little colonial towns, though you can find 100's of little towns like these all over Mexico.

The Yucatan peninsula is also good - you can't beat the warm Carrabean seas, though it is becoming very touristy with the likes of towns like Cancun and Playa del Carmen where you'll find miles of costlines dominated by big resort hotels. There are more seculded and less touristy areas but you have to search a bit further.

Anyway, I've rambled on more than I was meaning to. I recommend going to the http://www.mexperience.com website which has way more information including what I have described above.

Enjoy your trip and most of all, enjoy the food!