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!
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!)
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.
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.
I was very pleasantly surprised by both Acapulco and Cuernavaca. I was a bit disappointed in Oaxaca though.
I booked all of my hotels on Booking.com 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!