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As a little girl growing up in Ohio, I dreamed about traveling the world. I finally made it to Europe when I was 15 and have been hopping around the globe ever since! I have now visited 123 countries and all 7 continents and have lived in Hong Kong, Delhi/Mumbai, New York, Auckland (New Zealand), and Prague. After many years working in the tourism industry, I founded Notripophobia as a platform to promote lesser known destinations and am a huge proponent of the power of tourism to promote education and international development. I recently finished a two contract working for a sustainable tourism company in India. I now live in Mexico and am amazed at how much this country has to offer! Besides travel, my passions are history, beer and Broadway musicals. I am a lifelong learner and have a Master's degree in geopolitical studies and teaching certification in US/world history, a New York City tour guide license and was even a beer tour guide in Prague (best job ever!)....

Three Weeks in Central and Southern Mexico Starting from Mexico City

Three Weeks in Central and Southern Mexico Starting from Mexico City

Mexico22 days / October 2020

22 Days of Central and Southern Mexico including cosmopolitan Mexico City, the colonial cities of Puebla, Oaxaca, Taxco and Cuernavaca and the beaches of Acapulco and Puerto Escondido

Highs & Lows

The colonial charm of Taxco, the laidback atmosphere of Puerto Escondido and the soaring cliffs of Acapulco

The bus ride between Oaxaca and Puerto Escondido is very curvy!

Itinerary Overview

I started this trip  with a rough itinerary in mind which I ended up changing throughout the trip.  If you have a flexible schedule, I highly recommend planning your trip step by step - Mexico has many amazing things to see and you never know what place you will fall in love with!

  • Mexico City - 3 days
  • Puebla, including Cholula - 2 days
  • Oaxaca - 1.5 days
  • Puerto Escondido - 7 days
  • Acapulco - 2.5 days
  • Taxco - 2 days
  • Cuernavaca - 2 days
  • Mexico City - 2 days
  • 3 Nights: Mexico City
    museums, nightlife, culture
  • 2 Nights: Puebla
    Colonial architecture and churches
  • 2 Nights: Oaxaca
    Colonial architecture, churches, squares
  • 7 Nights: Puerto Escondido
    Beaches, surfing, laid back atmosphere, nature
  • 2 Nights: Acapulco
    beaches, nightlife
  • 2 Nights: Taxco
    colonial architecture, churches
  • 2 Nights: Cuernavaca
    museums, colonial architecture, churches
  • 2 Nights: Mexico City
    parks, museums, ruins, nightlife, restaurants
  • Q & A

    • What would you have changed?

      Nothing - it was a great trip.

    • Anything go wrong during the trip?

      I got a bit sick after eating at a restaurant in Acapulco that made me travel a bit slower than normal.

    • What tips would you give a friend?

      As long as you stay in touristy areas, Mexico is a very safe country to travel in. Never, ever do drugs as you may get involved with the wrong people. I prefer to stay in hostels when traveling since you can make new friends and I often find them a bit safer than staying in a hotel room alone (safety in numbers!)

    • Packing tips?

      Mexico City is at a high elevation and can get surprisingly cold at night. Make sure to pack layers and travel as lightly as possible.

    • Transportation Tips?

      The long distance buses in Mexico are extremely comfortable with spacious seats. They are also very safe. You can book online or directly at the bus station.

    • Any surprises?

      I was very pleasantly surprised by both Acapulco and Cuernavaca. I was a bit disappointed in Oaxaca though.

    • Booking details?

      I booked all of my hotels on and booked some of my buses online using Rome2Rio as a guide. There are many different bus companies in Mexico servicing different parts of the country and I have found that Rome2Rio is the best source for finding different options.


    • Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

      Hostel - Casa MX Alameda - This hostel was in a residential neighborhood located a short walk from the historic center. The dorm rooms were laid out very strangely and it was pretty loud. The rooftop was very nice with lots of seating.

    • Puebla, Mexico

      OYO Hotel Casona Poblana - This colonial style hotel has rebranded as an OYO which is not necessarily a good thing. My room was very small and the bathroom felt like it was in the closet. The location was great though and it was cheap so I would still recommend it for budget travelers.

    • Oaxaca, Mexico

      Andaina Youth Hostel - This humongous hostel is more like a budget hotel than a hostel. The wifi is really slow and unstable but the single room I booked was spacious and only $6 per night.

    • Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico

      Villa Mango Hostel - I absolutely loved this hostel. Set in a big villa, the hostel has lots of common areas and the host Marco has created a relaxed, welcoming environment. Although it is not located directly at a beach, it is about a 20 minute walk from the only consistently safe swimming beach. There are good restaurants nearby and the hostel even has a bar onsite.

    • Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

      Hotel Mision y SPA Acapulco - This cute, colonial style hotel offers some of the cheapest rooms in Acapulco and is located a few minutes from the main square. The staff were really nice but didn't speak English.

    • Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico

      Casa Luna - This one room guest house is a great place to stay. The room is huge with two double beds. Set back from the main street, it is also very quiet. The owner is very friendly and they have very friendly cats and the smallest chihuahua I have ever seen!