>>1058344 I live in Mexico. Stay away from Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Michoacan, Guerrero(Acapulco is ok). You can find hiking and forests in the north, beautiful colonial-era (1600s) small towns (very rich in history and traditions) in mid mexico, and lots of aqua sports, great beaches and night life in southern mexico. I really recommend Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
>>1058344 I'm currently seeking for people who'd like to road trip northern Mexico with a city called Todos Santos as destination cause there's gonna be a music festival and am really excited to see Death Cab live (first time ever in Mexico I think) But most people have the misconception that roads here are death sentences. Anyone up for an adventure?
since im close by in california, yes. been to tj a few times and passed through a lot driving to san felipe a dozen or so times.
stayed a month in mexico city, month in morelia, and a month in some smaller towns on the east side of michaocan. spent a couple days in guanajuatos main city.
did some more touristy stuff in playa del carmen and cancun. was probbaly more fun than i wouldve had because we knew locals
mexico city imo, was too much to really take in... i think id have to live there. the small towns in michaocan were beautiful and relaxing... just enoying posadas and that small town vibe. morelia was pretty exciting and i always have fun in baja.
probably baja is your best bet if you want to unwind without any connections to the area. you can rent a house by the beach, grab some dirtbikes, go to some small clubs, get wasted blah blah or just relax.
Chinatown bus actually has buses from California all the way down to Guadalajara. The entire list of cities that go from California to Mexico is.
Tijuana Caborca Ciudad Obregon Culiacan Empalme Guadalajara Guasave Guaymas Hermosillo Ixtlan del Rio Los Mochis Mazatlan Mexicali Navojoa San Luis Rio Colorado Sonoyta Tepic
It looks interesting to go from Stockton, the closest California stop to me, all the way down to Mexico via bus. It would take 48 hours to go from Stockton to Guadalajara via this bus, which is something I don't have the patience for.
Central Eastern part is the best. Hit up San Luis Potosi, Xilitla, Las Pozas/Castillo de James Edwards, Jalapa, Popocatepetl, Pico de Orizaba, the mountains from the Gulf coast and further inland are super gorgeous. Also not in the area, but Oaxaca is a pretty charming town.
>>1059901 Same poster, are any of these places worth visiting? A lot of these places are small towns. It looks like the route taken is highway 150. Is the scenery impressive on that route or is it mostly just farms and desert?
>>1060047 If you dont know locals you arent gonna find much to do in smaller cities, but the scenery is nice in many places, ranging from flat and brown to mountainous and green.
There are many bus companies in mexico and getting around is easy. Just know they close the bathrooms a lot of the time and they will prob advertise wifi on bus but it almost never works. You will also most likely get stopped at 4am to get all your shit searched a few times
>>1058344 Yes. It was the shittiest awesome experience ever. Mexicans hate white people, target them and steel from them, and then go to the US and demand we change our laws to benefit them and give them free money, housing, and travel. The whole place smells like shit, they leave their trash on the side of the road where NOBODY picks it up, and none of them speak English, which I found ironic.
I've been to Baja and various places around Mexico City. Worse that happened was I got pick-pocketed when I got lost and ended up in a place the guidebook said not to go.
The people were very friendly and many parts were quite beautiful. I really liked Teotihuacan and the aztec ruins in Mexico City. Crossing the border into the US is ugly and a pain in the ass. Oh and it is not all Cancun, outside of tourist areas English is very uncommon.
>>1061271 Mate, why so many people stupid? Do no travel alone leas if you can not navigate withput GPS neither speak fluent spanish and attracting attention by being a dumbass. Take flights and buses like ADO or other big reliable companies. Anyway, if tou want to die just go ahead
Most of the south is relatively safe if you're not stupid. Funny thing is there are way more European than American backpackers because of all that fear the media is pushing. Don't get me wrong they are places in Mexico I would never go for a million pesos but then again nothing interesting in those places.
I live in Mexico City and I can assure you that it is very safe. Here´s some places Ive been to that i would like to share: If you want to go to tropical places then I would recommend Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Acapulco (kinda dangerous for now), Cancun (a lot of american lifestyle), Puerto Vallarta, Los cabos, Huatulco, Playa del Carmen, Veracruz, and Oaxaca. If you want to go to colder places, there`s Mexico City (HUGE CITY with lots of fun stuff to do), Guadalajara (lovely place to be!), Aguas Calientes, EDO. MEX(bunch of natural habitats and culture), Guanajuato, and Zacatecas. Some pyramids and their locations: Chichen Itza (Yucatan, around 4 hours from Cancun) Teotihuacan (EDO. MEX, around 2-3 hours from Mexico city) Edzna (Campeche) Becan (Campeche) Tulum (Quintana Roo, around 3-4 hours from cancun) There's honestly a lot of places you can visit in Mexico however, not all of them are safe. Have fun!
>>1058344 Yep, I'm going again in two weeks and staying for a month or two. Mostly travelling around the south and I have done it before. The people are super nice and I like the food. I travel alone too and that way make new friends everywhere. I avoid going to ruins... I figure its a way Mexicans have figured out how to make money from old abandoned buildings
Besides me drunkenly intimidating a police officer, always felt safe and nothing bad really happened. The cartels will literally kill anyone that gets caught fucking with tourists in Quintana Roo because they make so much money off of us.
>>1062547 [email protected] is my throwaway. Hit me up and we'll figure something out. Anyone else who wants to meet up is welcome to - I've always wanted to meet someone from /trv/
If you guys had 3 weeks to spend in Mexico, where would you go? I've started reading a lonely planet (sorry real /trv/lers) and I'm overwhelmed 'cause this country looks amazing. I hate travelling countries half-assed but it seems like Baja alone would need like 2 weeks. And Mexico city could easily take 1. But I also want to go south to Oaxaca and area + maybe Belize.
Also, how's the hostel culture? I usually CS but I sort of can't be fucked to write requests right now.
>>1062819 Every city has a different hostel culture. But generally you can probably expect to stay with lots of Aussies and lots of Argentinians. Just do some research beforehand and check out their reviews. I always booked thru hostelworld out of familiarity but Hola Hostels is the Latin American hostel network. Just like any time I've stayed in a hostel, 1. It's what you make of it 2. Sometimes you get stuck with cunts
>>1062819 In 3 weeks you can easily visit Mexico City, then take a bus to Oaxaca, check out nearby sites like Mitla, Monte Alban, Hierve el Agua and try out the local cuisine, then move further south to Chiapas, which also has a ton to offer (Palenque and other Mayan sites, San Cristobal) and you could travel from there to Guatemala or Belize or into the Yucatan
>>1063599 Yes. People here steal everything they can even electricity counters of houses along cupper tubes for water and gas. Put padlocks in your bag to reduce the chance of pickpocket. Are you a tard ir just a naive dude?
>>1063599 Generally speaking, you'll only get fucked with if you're alone at night, and especially if you're drunk. Mexicans aren't very big people so most average Westerners tower over them. That said, always lock your shit up. Put something down, and expect it to be stolen. I had my phone and shirt stolen my last day in Mexico because I went for a swim and expected my mates to watch my stuff, they didn't.
>>1061359 This >Dont travel alone >Dont tavel at night >Keep in touch with family / friends >Try not to look too touristy >DO NOT HAVE ANY DRUGS WITH YOU. Specially on the road, that is why the surfers got killed probably. Also: If you get pulled over by authorities (Military or police) and try to get extorted just give them some money. It happens to us mexicans too.
>>1063599 Yes take precautions to diminish risk of being robbed. Unless you behave like a stupid tourist like yellibg ROB ME u could be fine. Its just dont be tard naive like those omega japanese tourits
>>1063803 You can also get struck by lightning stepping out your front door... You're far less likely to be robbed during the day. I spent half of last month in Quintana Roo, Mexico, and every single bad thing that happened to everyone I met happened at night... I bet you've never even left your country you homebody
>>1063682 Honestly, I've travelled quite a lot but I've never been Mexico/South/Central America. I'm pretty aware of my situation but I'm trying to figure out if it's a whole different beast as I'm doing South/Central America later on this year.
Do I have to be one of those guys that wears the hidden wallets under my shirt and all of that crap? I mean, I'm pretty good of staying out of trouble, don't dress flashy and I'm not white (I can pass for a lot of ethnicities).
I travel alone for the most part and like doing it and don't mind doing it on the cheap (in transit) so I can spend more when I get to the destination.
I am a US citizen taking a sailboat to the Panama canal and up to the east coast. I am currently just in Cabo, but I have visited almost everywhere on the west coast of Baja, in addition to La Paz.
I entered the country in Ensenada. What a great city.
Bahia Tortugas is a halfway point between Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas that is little more than a fuel dump. I spent about 3 weeks there on the hook doing boat repairs. It's a shanty town, but the locals are very nice. The bay comes alive with drug smugglers at night though. Businesses are usually closed from 12-4 due to ciesta. It's been devastated by a hurricane several decades ago but never rebuilt.
I spent two days in Man O' War cove in Magdalena Bay to take a break from the crazy Baja rollers and winds. It's irregular according to everyone I've spoken to. This is a town of about 50 with one restaurant that is never open.
Cabo San Lucas is a fucking tourist zoo. It's basically Vegas. San Jose Del Cabo is much nicer and quieter. La Paz is also a nice, quiet beach community.
I will be leaving for Puerto Vallarta in a week or so.
so I'm planning to go to Mexico City and then to Cancun for abut a week
the only problem is that my timing sort of only allows me to go there around the beginning of September...
so I've done a basic check on weather trends on wikipedia and it doesn't look too good (pic related)
do I have any chance of sunny weather while there or is it full rain every day during autumn? I honestly don't know how it works over there, was hoping someone passed by during September and could share
>>1060645 What? Mexicans are typically kind as fuck. Really warm and welcoming folks. The only issue I have with them is their massive fucking staring problem. Google 'Mexican staring problem' and you'll get some results. It's a thing
Old thread, but I figure I should post here before starting a new one.
I'm going to visit Durango for a couple of weeks this summer. I'll be staying in the city, with a lovely senorita I met a year or two ago as a language partner.
I already know of a few things I want to do while I'm there, but I was wondering if anyone here knew of any cool shit an American might like inside of, or around, Durango. She has a car too, so we aren't strictly limited to the immediate area.
>>1065971 Durango is where she lives, but I already know we're going as far as Mazatlán, and maybe even Mexico City, so it's not like I'll be trapped in the city the whole time. Cars and motel rooms are a thing.
I just don't know much about what's actually in that part of Mexico. I've mostly only heard about Cancun the Yucatan area, and closer to the US border.
Are Mexican women promiscuous? Like, generally speaking, I guess. Is it frowned upon to make a move on them, for example? I've always found them gorgeous and I tend to somehow end up hooking up with my hosts but wouldn't want to overstep if it's taboo.
My friend and I are thinking of traveling to Real de Catorce to look for peyote in the nearby desert. I've never been to Mexico and although I'm sure a lot of the danger is overplayed in US culture, I'm still a little worried. Getting robbed wouldn't be the end of the world but I'd rather make it back home in one piece.
Any suggestions about Mexico/Real de Catorce/peyote picking?
Bundle up - Catorce is 8000ft up in the mountains. Shit gets cold. I went a couple months ago for 3 days - it's a kinda spooky lost in the mist mountain village. Slow pace of life. Steep and rough to walk on, all cobblestone streets. Be in good shape, good shoes, etc. No idea about peyote. I'm sure if the price is right somebody will have a few horses and an afternoon to spare to go searching. One guy offered to show me "fantomas del deserto" when I walked by his horses. I passed on it. Probably dudes in sheets popping out of cactuses.
Instead of the horsemen you might have better luck asking people from the indigenous tribes there, since peyote is their thing. There is a hill outside of town that has great ceremonial value to lots of the local groups. Peyote or not, the 1 mile donkey cart ride through a sketchy-looking mining tunnel just to get into town is totally worth it.
Oh, and there is only 1 ATM in Catorce and it always seemed to be out of order - bring extra cash.
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