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Trip to Mexico. 16-day travel guide through the south of the country

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To end the stories of 16-day trip through southern Mexico, I would like to make a brief summary with information for all those who are thinking about going and so that those who had never had an interest in this country encourage you and visit it.

Itinerary 15-day trip through southern Mexico

Day 1: Arrival in Cancun (night in Cancun)
Day 2: Cenote Ik-kil and the caves of Balankanché (night in Chichen Itza)
Day 3: Chichen Itza and Merida (night in Merida)
Day 4: Uxmal and Celestún (night by night bus to Palenque)
Day 5: Palenque, Misol Ha and Agua azul (night in Palenque)
Day 6: Yaxchilan and Bonampak (night in Palenque)
Day 7 and 8: San Cristóbal de las Casas (night in San Cristóbal)
Day 9: San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán (night in San Cristóbal)
Day 10: Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa del Corzo (night in San Cristóbal)
Day 11: San Cristóbal de las Casas (night by night bus to Tulum)
Day 12: Tulum (Tulum night)
Day 13: Valladolid and Ek-Balam (night in Tulum)
Day 14: Ruins of Tulum and the Great Cenote (night in Tulum)
Day 15: Playa del Carmen (night in Playa del Carmen)
Day 16: Back home.

Vaccinations

There is no mandatory vaccine, but it is essential to have the basics up to date: tetanus, typhus, hepatitis A + B. On the border with Guatemala, we found several advertisements to raise public awareness about dengue, although they told me at the vaccination center that it was eradicated. To combat mosquito bites, it is best to wear long sleeves and long pants or use repellent. For any questions you can contact your nearest international vaccination center.

Electrolit, to recover electrolytes in case of diarrhea

Money

The Official currency in Mexico is the peso, more or less 10 pesos are € 0.60. Dollars, especially in the Riviera Maya, are also accepted. Even so, it is more expensive to pay in foreign currency, since rounding is a bit confusing. We carry some money in euros and exchange currency there. The change there is not very good, especially at the Cancun airport, so in the end instead of changing the euros we end up getting money from the ATMs as we were needing it. There is no problem to find ATMs, in all cities we find no problem.

How to get around Mexico by public transport

Mexico has a very good bus network and that is basically almost the only means of transport to move around the country, since the rail network is almost non-existent. There are second class, first, luxury and luxury buses, and depending on the route it is worth spending a little more to gain some comfort. ADO is the main company. My only advice is that on night trips you take a travel blanket and a fleece, because the air conditioning is very strong and one freezes.

Another option is rent a car. The roads are not bad for the areas in which we travel, although it is advisable not to drive at night because they are very poorly lit and you can find people walking on the road or by bike in the middle of the night, drunk drivers and cars without back lighting. Renting a car in the Riviera Maya is quite expensive (about 800 pesos per day). My recommendation is that if you want to rent one, you better do it in Yucatan where you can find rental cars for 200 pesos a day. Although if only two travel, the bus, in my opinion, is still the best method.

Another option is the plane. Mexicana has internal flights in Mexico, but the problem is that most of the routes make stops in Mexico D.F. and also this month has presented suspension of payments.

To move around the cities we used buses (public transport vans) that used to leave for about 10 pesos per person (€ 0.60) or taxis if there were no buses. Above all, whenever you use a taxi you have to agree or haggle the price first so as not to get a surprise later.

To make the excursions, we used to hire transportation in the hotels we were in. The prices were quite tight and time was very useful, since in what areas of the country there is not a bus every hour.

Hotels in Mexico

Once again, we have booked the hotels taking into account Tripadvisor reviews and we have not failed. We have stayed in hostels, city hotels, B&B, jungle cabins and beach hotels. All very well and with very affordable prices: the average we have paid has been 40/50 euros per night (except for the Tulum hotel that was much more expensive), but if one has a more limited budget, both in Yucatan and Chiapas You can find very decent rooms for less money.

Quetzal Hostel. Our first night was spent in this hostel in Cancun which is a 10 minute walk from the bus station. Very basic and a bit shabby. We paid about 50 euros for a double room with breakfast and dinner. The next day there was no water to shower and the tank truck did not arrive until 8 am.

Hotel Dolores Alba Chichen Itza. This hotel is pretty good, it has a pool that we do not use because it is a few meters from the Ik-kil cenote. The room had two double beds and a bathroom. Maybe the bathroom was a little dusty, but it wasn't dirty. For 600 pesos (36 euros) included breakfast, but not transfers to the ruins that are a couple of kilometers away.

Hotel Luz in Yucatán. This old colonial house two stables of the historic center of Merida we loved it. The totally new room and bathroom and all the facilities maintained to the smallest detail. To highlight the pool that, with the heat that was there, was a salvation. The 50 dollars per night did not include breakfast.

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