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1 month in Mexico, where to and how

By Traveller January 10, 2019
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1 month in Mexico, where to and how

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By Rita Traveller January 10, 2019

Hello everyone! In 2020 i'm taking the year off to travel to central and south america. one of the countrys that i want to visit is definitly Mexico. My idea is to spend a month there and I wanted to visit Los Cabos, Ensenada, Barrancas del Cobre / Sierra Tarahumara, Teotihuacán, Mineral del Monte, Punta de Mita, Santiago, Cancún, Aquismón, Puerto Peñasco ( Rocky Point ), Coscomatepec, Chichén Itzá. So basically all around. Is it possible to star in Baja California Sur and finish at Yucatan by bus?
Any place that you consider a secret must do, I'm opened to all sugestions.
THANKS!!

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You have a very accurate idea of important places to be at.
Let me please tell you my point of view.
Los Cabos, there is nothing to do there except fishing and golf. BUT, you really have to take a Yatch and travel around de Cortes sea, it is amazing!!!!
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Barrancas del Cobre is a beautiful trip by train, it goes from Chihuahua to Los Mochis, it will take you about 3 or 4 days, you can sleep in some small towns in the middle of Barrancas del Cobre, like Divisadero or Creel, from there you take the excursions to see the Taraumaras.
Teotihuacan is important and magnificent, you go there from Mexico city. In the same city (Mexico), I would try to go to Xochimilco one day (half day, in the morning, preferente not saturado or sunday, it is very crowded) On saturado I recommend you Bazar del Sábado in San Angel.
Can Cun is really nice but no so a Mexico representative place. but to the south of Cancun is the Riviera Maya where yo have to go!! do not miss Xcaret, Tulum and Playa del Carmen.
Very nice places are in Oaxaca (city and surroundings, maybe 4 days) and in Chiapas San Cristobal de las Casas, Lagunas de Montebello, Cañon del sumidero and San Juan Chamula)
Guanajuato city and San Miguel de Allende are beautiful places to spend 2 or tree days.
If need something around Mexico city, (where I live, let me know,)
Local January 10, 2019
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Yes, I always do a intensive research, ahah!
Los cabos - oh really? I thought it would be a nice place to see whales, swim with skarks, and see baby turtles leaving the beaches (i really love animals :)) Is there anywhere else i can do that in mexico? I'll visit other countrys, probably its possible to that in another.
The yatch is expensive? i'm trying to keep my costs as low as possible (without losing the main experiences, of course)
I'm also going to have a look at the places your mention, nothing better to have a local tell you the best things!
Thanks so much for the tips and the help!!

Rita Traveller January 10, 2019
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Route number 2 could be: Los Cabos (ferry to Los Mochis), from Los Mochis you can take El Chepe (a train that takes you around Barrancas del Cobre, Sierra Tarahumara... all the way to Creel and ends in Chihuahua city). From Chihuahua I will try to see if there are flights to fly out to either Zacatecas or to San Luis Potosí (I would not travel by land between Chihuahua and SLP... roads around Coahuila state are not safe). In San Luis Potosí I would go to la Huasteca Potosina (Aquismón), then Xilitla, back to SLP city and on to Guanajuato city - Querétaro - Mexico city - Teotihuacán, fly to Mérida, bus to Chichen Itzá - Playa del Carmen - Majahual - Bacalar and then Belize. Route number 2 would be I think more costly and more vexing because there are long roads (between Chihuahua or SLP and the next place) with nothing in between. If you are traveling solo I would not go to Tamaulipas or Veracruz (not via small roads at least, not safe) the rest is fine. If you want to get an idea of the distances, Google Maps is pretty reliable here (usually very accurate to calculate times and distances). That might help you plan your trip. And finally, some places in Guatemala and Honduras are not safe at the moment (still a lot of time to 2020 but it is worth to keep that in mind). Whatever you choose, it will be spectacular!
Local January 10, 2019
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Thanks you so much for your fast answer!! Very detailed, so great!
I'm going to see in detail the route you suggested (since i'm working now, ahaha)!!
In google maps, i couldn't see a way out of Baja, but the ferry sounds usefull!
Thanks!!
Rita Traveller January 10, 2019
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... If I had 1 month to stay in Mexico I would opt for one of two routes. Route 1: Mexico city - Teotihuacán - Puebla/Cholula - Oaxaca city and villages around it (Hierve el Agua, Teotitlán) from there you can go to the beach to Zipolite or Huatulco Bay or to Chiapas state (or both) - Cañón del Sumidero, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Cascadas de Aguazul, Ocosingo - Palenque (when in Palenque you are really close to Guatemala, I believe you can get to Guatemala by boat but if you want to stay in Mexico... I would go from Palenque to Campeche - Celestún - Mérida (from there you can either go north to Chelem and then east to Las Coloradas and from there to Valladolid) OR from Mérida go east to Izamal - Valladolid - Chichen Itzá - Cobá (a must stop!), Playa del Carmen - Majahual - Bacalar and from there you can go to Chetumal that is right next to the border with Belize. That alone would take a month and rushing it.
Local January 10, 2019
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Hi Rita! Your trip sounds incredible! Looking at the list of places you would like to visit here, I would tell you to consider that Mexico is bigger than you would normally expect and some of the places you mention are very far out from each other. To give you an example it takes around 20 hours to get from Ensenada to La Paz (nearest destination to Los Cabos), from La Paz to Los Cabos you will need to take another bus that takes 2-3 hours more. The buses in Mexico pretty much connect you everywhere... but in some areas (between small towns and not so frequent routes) the quality of the bus might not be as good as in other places (and with a more standart to low quality, you will have to add more hours to your trip). We also have cheap airlines and so sometimes getting an airplane is cheaper and faster, especially when in the road there is nothing to see. Interjet, Volaris and Vivaerobus are the budget airlines. Out of the places that you mention I would personally skip a few and add others.
Local January 10, 2019
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Thanks you so much for your fast answer!! Very detailed, so great!
I'm going to see in detail the route you suggested (since i'm working now, ahaha)!!
In google maps, i couldn't see a way out of Baja, but the ferry sounds usefull!
Thanks!!
Traveller January 10, 2019
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Hi Rita. We hoping to also travel to Mexico for a month in late 2020. Id love to know your experience and suggestions after your trip. We a family of 5, so it will be a bit more challenging than a solo trip so any advise would be a great help if you dont mind. All the best with your travels.
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MS Traveller September 25, 2019
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Hi! I'm creating a blog where i'll track all me expenses, write about my experiences, etc. When it's done, i'll share it with you. But you can always send me an email with your questions!
Rita Traveller September 25, 2019
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Thx. I look forward to the blog
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MS Traveller September 26, 2019
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