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Exploring Mexico

A trip through Mexico to explore culture, food and nature. I traveled from Cancun up to Oaxaca (pronounced Wa-ha-ca) in 4 months. I went from beaches to mountains and from cities to little towns.

by natasjaAbout Me:curious traveler and number one fan of the nature of our planet read more

North AmericaMexico29 days / January - February - March - December 2022

Highs & Lows

In Mexico the wheater is all year around good. I felt very safe as a female solo traveler. Most people speak English.

Difficult to find local veggie food. Not so authentic anymore because of tourism. Long busrides.

Itinerary Overview

2021 the year i decided to quit my job and travel the world.

Never traveled in latin America so i decided that would be my starting point. In general i try to fly as less as possible for the inviroment. So i decided to travel from north till south. First stop Mexico and last stop, on this side of the world, Argentine.  Mexico my first expierence with latin culture and i love it. The people are heartwarming, friendly and kind. They will always great you with a hola or a smile. 

I found a cheap and direct flight to Cancun so i started my trip there. Defently not my favourite place so didn't stay long. In general the Quitana Roo/Yucatan area is in my opinion to touristy, expensive and not authentic, so i traveled fast in this region. Bacalar is one of the few places i did like in that  area. It has a beautiful lake with clear bleu water and white sand simular as the maldives.

From Chiapas i really started to like Mexico and apriciate it more. It is much more authentic, cheap and has beautiful nature. In palenque we stayed in de jungle always surrounded with howler monkey's and visited the mayan ruins. In San Cristobal de las casas i learnt Spanish and explored the city and the nature around. 

In Oaxaca (state) i traveled for 2 months. In the city you find beautiful churches and buildings, a big market and the best (street) food i ate in Mexico. Before moving to the beach i stopped in san Matteo a town surrounded with mountains. After a few hours on a windy road you are at the beach. Next only sun, beach, friends and fun!

 

  • 25 Nights: San Cristóbal de las Casas
    Cheap and good veggie/vegan food. Beautiful nature around (El Arcotete, Don Lauro). Culture in Chamula.
  • 4 Nights: Bacalar
    Beautiful lake. Not so touristy. Kayak.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would'nt do Valladoid and Quintana Roo again.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    no

  • How was the food?

    local food

  • Packing tips?

    Only the necesarry clothes for warm weather.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Long distance with ADO. For shorter trips you can take a colectivo, much cheaper but also less comfort.

  • Any surprises?

    no

  • Booking details?

    airbnb

Lodging

  • Lipi house a hostel in the center of San Cristobal De Las Casas. It is a fun hostel that feels like a home away from home. It is a big house with lots of indoor and outdoor common spaces. In the house you have a big kitchen with a living room, this is the heart of the hostel where you always can meet with people. There is a movie room, pingpong table and reading place. Outdoor you have a gardin and 3 terraces with a view over the city and the mountains.

  • Hostel Guarumbo. It is a small hostel located 10min walking from the lake. There are 2 bunk beds in each room. It has a small garden and a rooftop with hammocks and a nice sunset view. They offer a good breakfast (not included in the price) and very tasty cakes and desserts.