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A 2,5 week itinerary to Mexico

A 2,5 week itinerary to Mexico

Day 1 - Arrived in Cancun

What? Arrived 21.00 PM and slept at the Amarte Marona Hotel (21/10)https://www.amartemaroma.com/

Accomodation: Amarte Marona Hotel
Price:Cost around 50 euros
Positive: Nice rooms, beautiful garden
Negative: Bad wifi, outside of Cancun, bad breakfast, no views
Good to know: It's a 60 USD cab ride from the airport
Advice: Better take a hotel/hostel in the hotel region near the coast, Cancun center or Isla Mujeres

Day 2 & Day 3 - Isla Mujeres

What? Took white public transport van for 21 pesos & then booked the Ultramar to Isla Mujeres.The second day I stayed at the hostel and did some diving. (100 USD)

Accomodation: Poc na hostel
Price:230 MXN
Positive: Good value for money, nice atmosphere (hammocks on the beach) & breakfast
Negative: Don't go diving with the hostel, there are better options
Advice: Recommend this hostel, good vibes

Day 4 - Valladolid + Chichen Izta

What? Took the Ultramar back to Cancun & went to pick up rental car from Adocar (local company - good prices & service). Drove to Valladolid. Great little town. Drove onto Chichzen Itza.

Accomodation: Okaan Hotel
Price:1632 MXN
Positive: We loved this hotel. LOVED. Middle of the jungle with an amazing rooftop. Amazing breakfast.
Negative: Very difficult to find in the dark
Good to know: Extremely close to Chichzen Itza & nice swimming pool
Advice: Recommend this hotel so much.

Day 5 - Il Kil, Chichzen Itza & Merida

What? We went to cenote Il Kil, Chichzen Itza & Merida.

Accomodation: Nomade Hostel
Price:300 MXN
Positive: Very nice hostel. Middle of the center. Lots of extra activities. Good swimming pool.
Negative: A lot of noise & mediocre breakfast
Good to know: Il Kil is a tourist trap. Don't go there. I liked Chichen Itza, but it is also a tourist trap. Bring water inside & go very early or near 4 in the afternoon. Merida is well worth a longer stay.
Advice: Palenque is nicer than chichen itza and much less crowdy

Day 6 - Celestun + Campeche

What? Went to the nature reserve of Celestun, booked a local kayak tour en drove on to campeche

Accomodation: Viatger Inn
Price:300 MXN
Positive: Nice hostel, but quiet hostel. Middle of the center. Campeche is a treat & Celestun is also worthwhile. In the right season you can see flamingoes and crocs.
Negative: It a bumpy ride to celestun & does slow you down quite a bit.
Advice: Booked a local kayak tour with Manglares de Dzinitun - Recommend 800 MXN

Day 7 - Ride to Palenque

What? In the morning visited the beautiful Campeche, with a its colourful houses.

Accomodation: Yaxkin Hostel
Price:300 MXN
Positive: Nice hostel with a good breakfast. Close to the center
Negative: The rooms could be cleaner.
Good to know: The Palenque ruins are great and Palenque is a great starting point to visit the Misol Ha waterfalls, the Agua Azules and the Roberto Barrios waterfalls.
Advice: Stay in Palenque as long a possible. It's a great place.

Day 8 - Palenque

What? Visit to the Misol Ha waterfalls & the Roberto Barrio Waterfalls

Accomodation: Yaxkin Hostel
Advice: Skip the Agua Azules & just visit Roberto Barrios

Day 9 - San Cristobal

What? Visit to the Misol Ha waterfalls & the Roberto Barrio Waterfalls

Accomodation: Hostalito 14
Price:400 MXN
Positive: Nice hostel, right in the centre. Best location ever.
Negative: It's too quiet & not easy to park the car.
Good to know: San Cristobal is a lot more touristy.
Advice: Go out in the evenings. Many great bars. VIsit el canon del sumidero. Go to the local mercado. There is a touristy one with sweaters & gifts, but also visit the local one with all the food.

Day 10 - San Cristobal

What? Had breakfast at a nice place, went to the mercado, cooked some gambas

Accomodation: Planet hostel
Positive: Nice hostel, amazing pancake breakfast.
Negative: Too mich noise, not in the centre.
Advice: Book some tours in nature. Walks or mountain biking trips

Day 11 - Chekumal

What? Long, long drive from San Cristobal

Accomodation: Valentin Natural
Positive: Nice, quiet camping
Negative: a lot of mosquitoes & not toomuch luxury
Advice: Get up really early to visit the ruins or don't stop at this place at all.

Day 12 - Bacalar

What? Nice day at the lake, and some bar hopping in the evening. Bacalar is only around 3 hours from Tulum, but it is a world of difference. Much less touristy.

Accomodation: Yak lake hostel
Positive: Great hostel. Nice rooms, decent breakfast. A little hipster & a little more expensive
Negative: More expensive at 500 MXN
Advice: Hang out. Don't do too much at Bacalar. Party a little. Swim a little. Relax.

Day 13 - Bacalar

Accomodation: Yak lake hostel

Went to the eco camping for some more exclusive swimming, a nice thing to do. Had a nice dinner at the Nao bar. (Sushi)

Day 14 & 15 - Tulum

What? Drive to Tulum & some chilling at the swimming pool.

Accomodation: Aluna Beach hotel
Price: 96 USD
Positive: Beautiful hotel. Luxury.
Negative: A bit expensive & away from the center
Good to know: Rent a bike to get around. The center & the beach are the only two hot spots
Advice: Go out to the cenote Dos Ojos. AMAZING. Or other cenotes nearby. Tulum is very hipster, very American & more luxury. Take this time to rest. It's all touristy up from here.

Day 16 - Playa del Carmen

What? Drive to Playa & walked around.

Accomodation: Beach House hostel
Price: 360 MXN
Positive: Nice relax hostel in the centre
Negative: Breakfast is just a croissant. Nice kitchen for some cooking.
Good to know: You can catch a ultramar to different islands
Advice: Don't go to playa del carmen. Tourist trap. Nothing authentic.

My best advice?

Try to avoid the east coast of Mexico. Touristy and bland. Go straight for the heart of beautiful Mexico.

Lovies,
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Top tips for a holiday in Mexico

Top tips for a holiday in Mexico