Two shiny new Ford transporter vans stop along the side of a white cement road and nearly 30 passengers pile out and reformulate into the small groups everyone came with. Dani and I stand off to the side and observe with some shock the other tourists in the group. A group of Brazilians (both female and male) in tank-tops, short-shorts and movie-star sunglasses and several girls in short-ish skirts. Before you start thinking Dani and I to be very prude (standing there in our long pants, closed toe shoes and jackets), we should explain that our tour was taking place in traditional Mayan villages outside of San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico. The agency had mentioned that we should wear appropriate clothes out of respect to the villagers – advice apparently very few of us chose to heed.
Isla Mujeres – this little Caribbean island near Cancun is my little Mexican paradise, complete with picture-perfect palm-fringed sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise water!
Without fail, every single person we told warned us against a trip to Mexico. Don’t you know how dangerous it is there, they would warn, speaking of killings, kidnappings and drug crime. Don’t believe the hype – Go to Mexico!!!
This year has been a total beach for the two of us. Having spent over five months on the coast around the world, we share our top five beaches of the year in this post.
The sleepy colonial town in the center of the Yucatan peninsula has a classic, authentic feel, the kind of place which is somehow still devoid of major tourism despite its proximity to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and several beautiful cenotes.
This Yucatan road trip offers a great taste of Mexico: A mix of Caribbean beaches, Maya ruins, cenotes, jungle, delicious food and authentic Mexican villages.
October 30th marked our 6-month travel anniversary, and the six-month marker seemed the right time to take a look at our expenses so far – including how much we have spent, where the money went, and what our average per day spend has been in each country.
This week’s Polaroid features some colorful calacas in Mexico – decorated skeletons which are used to celebrate the dead and can be found all over the country.
I finally visited the Riviera Nayarit to see how it compared to my favorite region in Mexico, the Riviera Maya. I beach hopped from San Pancho to Sayulita to Puerto Vallarta…