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There’s so much more to Mexico than all-inclusive resorts. Start planning your next trip now with this Mexico travel guide.
Complete Guide to Mexico
Just the Basics
How to Buy ADO Bus Tickets Online With an American Credit Card
Learn more about why ADO is the best bus company in Mexico and how easy and comfortable it is to travel by bus. Then use this simple tip to pay with an American credit card in advance to save you time and aggravation.
A Day in the Life of a Spanish Language Student
Studying Spanish in Mexico is one of the most popular activities because it’s affordable and there are many reputable schools to choose from. If you’re curious about what it’s like to join one, follow this look at a typical day as a Spanish student.
7 Tips to Turn Mexico City from "Meh" to Amazing
Find out how to ensure you have a fabulous time on your trip to Mexico City. These easy tips will turn your trip up a notch!
Once Is Enough for Mexico City
Although I love Mexico, I think you can see the highlights of the capital in a single trip. Make sure you don’t miss some of the best things to do, like Xochimilco, Lucha Libre, and even the metro!
Where to Stay in Mexico City: The Best Hotels in Each District for Any Budget
Check out this guide to neighborhoods, since where you should stay depends on how you travel and which things to do in Mexico City you want to do. Get the scoop on downtown and the zocalo, Polanco, Condesa, and Zona Rosa. I have hotel recommendations for each area and budget – my favorite is a Condesa spot less than $100.
Hotel Umbral Mexico City Review
Want to stay in the Centro Historico? Check out my full review of the Hotel Umbral, a Hilton-affiliated property in the heart of things with comfortable rooms.
Where to Go After Mexico City: 8 Fabulous Side Trips
If you've got extra time, add one (or all!) of these side trips to your vacation. Some destinations make great day trips whereas others need an overnight (or more).
How to Visit Teotihuacan Without a Tour
Travel to the pyramids of Teotihuacan without a tour! This popular day trip from Mexico City brings great history and culture at a low price when you DIY. Get step by step bus directions to get there cheaply. If you’re still not convinced, I have a tour recommendation just in case.
Teotihuacan at Night: Is Experiencia Nocturna Tactful or Tacky?
For an entirely different experience, visit Teotihuacan after dark to see the pyramids lit up. You'll walk the Avenue of the Dead and then watch a light and sound projection on the Pyramid of the Sun.
Estado de Mexico
Climbing Iztaccihuatl & the Rugged Wilderness of Popocatepetl Volcano
I know, when you think of Mexico, you don’t think of volcanoes! This high altitude day trip (accessible from Mexico City or Puebla) is a gorgeous change of pace from city life and an extraordinary chance to watch volcanic activity.
Piedra Herrada, the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary You've Never Heard Of
Every winter, millions of butterflies migrate to central Mexico. You can see them by visiting Piedra Herrada monarch sanctuary in Valle de Bravo. Get the scoop on hikes, horseback rides, and what else to do in town.
3 Puebla Travel Tips I Learned the Hard Way
Visiting Puebla Mexico isn’t like going to Cancun. You have to act like a local and think on your feet. I learned a few things the hard way, but hopefully these Puebla travel tips will help you stay ahead of the curve.
A Puebla Itinerary: You Need More Than a Puebla Day Trip to Do it Right
he secret to doing Puebla right is to spend more than just a day trip from Mexico City (although that’s better than nothing). Find out what to do, where to stay, and what to eat!
Cancun & the Riviera Maya
I Love Cancun and I'm Not Afraid to Admit It
Other travelers claim Cancun is too touristy. It totally is, but you can get off the beaten path and/or just enjoy it for what is is: a chance to have fun. I’ve done both and think it’s worth visiting at least once.
Is Xcaret Mexico Espectacular Worth the Extra Money?
Xcaret is the original “eco-archaeological park” in the Riviera Maya and the best way I can describe it is a Mexican Epcot. I only had a few hours, so I focused in on my invitation to their nighttime Xcaret Mexico Espectacular, a dinner show that tells the story of Mexico’s history and then showcases music, dance, and traditional clothing from different regions of Mexico. I expected a standard theme park performance, something haphazard and semi-interesting, but instead I was on the edge of my seat for the entire show.
Celebrate El Grito (Mexican Independence Day): Isla Mujeres
El Grito de Mexico, better known as Mexican Independence Day on September 16, is celebrated nationwide. Festivities for El Grito Isla Mujeres include a reenactment, music, dancing, food, and fireworks.
What You Should Know About Traveling to Oaxaca for the First Time
Oaxaca is a love-it-or-hate-it town. Get a quick overview of this colonial town best known for its food and art and then decide whether or not it’s right for your next trip to Mexico.
Is Oaxaca Safe? A Solo Female Traveler's First-Hand Look
One of the questions I get most often is whether or not Oaxaca is safe for travelers. I get it -- it's not usually one of the first places someone visits in Mexico and the mystery means you don't know what to expect. I share the reality here and how to prepare if you decide to go.
Mexico's Unusual, Spectacular Hierve El Agua
An hour and a half outside of Oaxaca, Hierve el Agua is one of two petrified “waterfalls” in the world. Over thousands of years, calcium carbonate and other minerals from flowing springs built up and hardened, creating tall white rock formations that tower over the surrounding valley. The real draw is the natural pools overlooking these cliffs that you can swim in, believed to have healing properties.
What to Do in San Cristobal Mexico: Chiapas' Delightful Town
This two day itinerary to San Cristobal de las Casas will help you plan and organize what to do in San Cristobal Mexico (plus restaurant and hotel recommendations!). This beautiful colonial city in Chiapas is the perfect place to explore, relax, and enjoy a few day trips within the region.
Plan a Day Trip to Cascadas el Chiflon to See Magnificent Waterfalls
Get out of town from Comitan or San Cristobal de las Casas! A day trip to El Chiflon waterfalls is a gorgeous way to spend a day in Mexico. Hiking trails, picnic, swimming, and a zipline! Find out how to get there and how to plan your day.
Sumidero Canyon: Amazing Beauty with One Downside
Without a doubt, Chiapas isn’t given credit for being the incredible destination it is. It gained a bit more awareness in 2009 when Sumidero Canyon National Park was a candidate for the Seven New Natural Wonders of the World. I loved this boat ride through gorgeous scenery and past wildlife like monkeys and crocodiles.
The Small, Unexplored Town of Comitan Mexico
This town that you’ve never heard of is about as far south as you can get in Mexico before heading to the Guatemalan border. I went on a whim, and ended up enjoying the look at “real” Mexican life in this untouched town that still has plenty of things to do. Take a peek at how beautiful it is.
Taxco Guerrero Has a Level 4 Safety Warning. I Went Anyway.
I ignored the US State Department travel advisory for travel to Taxco in the state of Guerrero. How stupid was that? And what happened while I was there?
Taxco's Pozas Azules, My Little Slice of Paradise
This park outside of Taxco is a series of gorgeous blue pools, each more beautiful than the last. It's not great for hiking but it might be just the side trip you need, especially on a hot day when you can swim!
Additional Mexico Travel Planning Resources
Avoid Being Pickpocketed with this Easy Solution: My sister was pickpocketed in Mexico City but you can keep your wallet secure and avoid the situation…or find out what to do if it happens.
Why Every Traveler Should Get a Charles Schwab ATM Card: Withdraw cash — in the form of Mexican pesos — at a fair market exchange rate without any fees!
WARNING: You’re Losing Money By Not Using Credit Cards Effectively: A credit card without foreign transaction fees is essential in Mexico.
Do You Need Travel Insurance?: Be prepared in case of illness, injury, or emergency.
How to Avoid Tourist Traps: You can choose between the comforts of home or a truly local experience if you want it.
How Much Do Travel Vaccines Cost?: As an extra precaution, look into getting travel vaccines prior to your trip.
Read More: EVERYTHING You Need to Plan, Prepare, Pack, and Take a Trip!
2 thoughts on “Mexico Travel Guide”
I am really enjoying your blog. You provide a lot of helpful information. Just curious, look like you have traveled all around San Miguel De Allende. Have you ever traveled there and what did you think of the city?
@Vonda, I haven’t been to San Miguel de Allende yet but it’s beautiful in photos.