Overview of Mexico

Once we arrived in Mexico City, we started driving. It was where we started our journey.

We landed at night and started driving to Tolantongo. From there we went on to Morelia, and then Uruapan.

From Uruapan, we drove back to Mexico City and caught a flight across to Cancun, where we started our long drive to Belize and Guatemala.

When we finished exploring those areas we returned to Cancun to explore the city. We started with a couple of nights in Tulum, then back up to Cancun, followed by Isla Mujeres and finally Rio Lagartos.

There was also a chance for us to have a couple of other short stops at Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Chetumal.

Initially, we planned for a visit to Playa Del Carmen but we ran out of time. Instead, we went to Playa Tortugas.

Accommodation

For Mexico, we found the most convenient and economical way to book accommodation was through Airbnb.

There was one town, at Tolantongo, where we found it easier to book directly with the hotel as we were able to see directly if the hotel check-in was open or not. At Tolantongo, they offered a better rate at the hotel.

There was another town called Uruapan where we had to book online with Expedia.

Initially, we were right outside the hotel, we tried to book directly with them, but they were unable to match or beat the online rate.

Most Airbnbs were decent, as we paid extra attention to reading the reviews and used them to book a place.

But on the first night when we arrived in Mexico straight out of the plane and after driving up to the accommodation, the host did not respond to us or communicate any instructions even though they had long check-in hours.

This led to a less than desirable start to the holiday as we were circling outside the accommodation area and the town for a place to crash for the night.

Our time in Mexico was short and we used a rental car to get around and see the places that we wanted to see.

Useful phrases

  • Hola – Hello
  • Buenos Dias – Good morning
  • ¿Cómo estás? – How are you?
  • Soy bueno – I’m good
  • Hombres / Caballeros – Men / Gentlemen
  • Mujeres /Damas – Women / Ladies
  • ¿Cuento? – How much?
  • Muchos Gracias – Many thanks
  • Adiós – Goodbye

Food to start you off

  • Chilaquiles
  • Empanada
  • Fajita
  • Taco
  • Tamale
  • Tostadas
Tolantongo
Grutas Tolantongo, Hidalgo, Mexico

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Morelia
Morelia Cathedral Statue in Michoacan, Mexico

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Uruapan
Paricutin Church, Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico

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Tulum
Palm tree in Tulum Beach, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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