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Traveling through central Mexico

On the road to the Maya in Mexico

by géraldinelatteurAtlasGuru Contributor

North AmericaMexico13 days / June 2019

Highs & Lows

Besides paradise beaches, Mexico has such a rich cultural experience to offer

It can be cold in the country due to the altitude of somes cities

Itinerary Overview

I had the chance to travel for 3 weeks in Mexico, starting my trip in Mexico City. What an incredible city! I attended a free walking tour, it was very funny and very local. I stayed in the Roma district, the bohemian neighbourhood  of the city, I loved it! I recommend you to visit the National Museum of Anthropology and to take a Food Tour to discover more of the local Mexican specialties. Don't forget to try the mezcal! I also recommend attending a Lucha Libre match, super local and quite a fun experience. About 1.5 hours drive (bus) from Mexico City is the historic Mayan site of Teotihuacan. The ruins are all that's left of what was once a thriving Mesoamerican metropolis.

I then took a plane to Oaxaca, a beautiful city with a thousand colors and filled with culture. What is also wonderful is to take an authentic cooking class, learning how to cook chilaquiles or enfrijoladas and tortillas by hand. I loved having breakfast at El Milenario (Santa María del Tule-home to the Árbol del Tule, the widest tree on Earth).  You should visit the former convent of Santo Domingo, and also the San Pablo cultural center. The botanical garden is worth the detour to learn more about Mexican plants.
I also took the bus one day from Oaxaca to see Hierve el Agua, a petrified waterfalls nestled between the mountains of the Sierra Mixe and the Oaxacan Sierra Norte. I also visited the archaeological site of Monte Alban.

I then took a night bus, very comfortable and easy, to reach San Cristobal de las Casas. I recommend the free walking tour, which allows you to immerse yourself in the history of the city and to learn a lot of things! It is a perfect city to walk around, to get lost in the small streets, to admire the street art, to visit the churches and the markets. San Cristobal is a vegan and vegetarian food paradise. I had the opportunity to try different restaurants: Bek' Semilla de Vida, Te Quiero Verde, Kukulpan. I also did a lot of activities in the surroundings: the Sumidero canyon, the ruins of Agua Azul and Palenque, a day in Chamula,... The chiapas region is diverse and very rich, it's a must in Mexico in my opinion!

  • 5 Nights: Mexico City
  • 3 Nights: Oaxaca
  • 5 Nights: San Cristobal de las Casas

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    If I would have time enough, I would have spent more nights and days in each city. There’s so much so see, and to live.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    We rent a car at one point, it was really great to have more freedom and discover some Mayan ruins and remote cenotes. Just be careful with the police controls on the road, don’t laugh with it.

  • Transportation Tips?

    The night buses are working perfectly and it’s a perfect way to travel, and to save a night (time and money).