Traveling to Mexico, any advice ;)

  • sleaver

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    Oct 15, 2015 8:43 AM GMT
    I am going to Mexico for 3 weeks...

    Can you guys help suggest 2 or 3 places to visit ... I was thinking this time round
    Puerto Vallarta/Guadalajara/Mexico City.. Any recommendations?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 15, 2015 11:25 AM GMT
    Avoid Ciudad Juarez at all times and you should be pretty safe.

    Get in touch with realjocker Ivaniri who lives in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico and he should be able to help you. Manzanillo is located very close to the Pacific coast and it is supposed to be a beautiful, quiet city.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 15, 2015 11:49 AM GMT
    I don't know for fact but Manzanillo is located near Puerto Vallarta. I think both cities are in the State of Colima.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 15, 2015 12:06 PM GMT
    Visit the Yucatan Peninsula and see the ancient Mayan ruins, lush rain forest, the colonial city of Merida and the popular resorts of Cozumal and Cancun. At the rate the global climatic patterns are going with these rising sea levels, Yucatan will end up like Florida and Louisiana, largely underwater since it is a low laying peninsula. So enjoy it while it is here.icon_razz.gif
  • offshore

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    Oct 15, 2015 12:18 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidVisit the Yucatan Peninsula and see the ancient Mayan ruins, lush rain forest, the colonial city of Merida and the popular resorts of Cozumal and Cancun. At the rate the global climatic patterns are going with these rising sea levels, Yucatan will end up like Florida and Louisiana, largely underwater since it is a low laying peninsula. So enjoy it while it is here.icon_razz.gif


    Second, avoid tourist trap like chichen itza and explore a little further to sites like uxmal, coba, palenque, etc, or if you really feel like exploring, calakamul
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    Oct 15, 2015 1:25 PM GMT
    When you land in Puerto Vallarta, stay away from the throngs of sales folks waiting outside the Mexican Customs who will offer you all kinds of free stuff--like free limo service, free dinners, free tours, cash, etc.--they're there to sell you condos and timeshares. Don't be misled--nothing is free.
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    Oct 15, 2015 3:07 PM GMT
    I live near Guadalajara and I'm in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City frequently so feel free to PM me for information.
    You'll find it best to travel by bus between these areas and I think you'll find traveling here both safe and comfortable.
    As mentioned above, there are unsafe areas of Mexico but you'll also be nowhere near them. Enjoy.
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    Oct 15, 2015 5:05 PM GMT
    robbaker saidYes carry a gun


    Guns are illegal in MX unless a special permit is obtained - and they're very hard to get. Don't get on the wrong side of Los Federales.
  • FRE0

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    Oct 15, 2015 8:41 PM GMT
    Here's my advice about traveling to Mexico: Don't!
  • ARTISTAJYMR

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    Oct 15, 2015 8:49 PM GMT
    sleaver saidI am going to Mexico for 3 weeks...

    Can you guys help suggest 2 or 3 places to visit ... I was thinking this time round
    Puerto Vallarta/Guadalajara/Mexico City.. Any recommendations?


    Stop the drama you yankees! México is not dangerous as your media says, i lived here and i had the opportunity to visit a lot of wonderful places here and nothing bad happened!
    Anyway i recommend you to visit Veracruz,Chiapas and Oaxaca theres wonderful places there! They are pretty affordable, a lot of beautiful and calm towns, i fell in love with that places! Specially San Cristobal de Las Casas in Veracruz, its a calm tourist town theres a lot of places around downtown, bars, restaurants, galleries, etc. A lot of activities to do.
    Also visit El Puerto de Veracruz, that place is beautiful specially the central park in the afternoon, theres a lot of people reunited there, a lot of tourists go there too!
    Hope this info its helpful to you!

    Greetings!
  • ARTISTAJYMR

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    Oct 15, 2015 8:50 PM GMT
    robbaker saidYes carry a gun

    Dont be dramatic! Thats not neccesary! I bet you never been here before!
  • sleaver

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    Oct 15, 2015 8:55 PM GMT
    ARTISTA said
    sleaver saidI am going to Mexico for 3 weeks...

    Can you guys help suggest 2 or 3 places to visit ... I was thinking this time round
    Puerto Vallarta/Guadalajara/Mexico City.. Any recommendations?


    Stop the drama you yankees! México is not dangerous as your media says, i lived here and i had the opportunity to visit a lot of wonderful places here and nothing bad happened!
    Anyway i recommend you to visit Veracruz,Chiapas and Oaxaca theres wonderful places there! They are pretty affordable, a lot of beautiful and calm towns, i fell in love with that places! Specially San Cristobal de Las Casas in Veracruz, its a calm tourist town theres a lot of places around downtown, bars, restaurants, galleries, etc. A lot of activities to do.
    Also visit El Puerto de Veracruz, that place is beautiful specially the central park in the afternoon, theres a lot of people reunited there, a lot of tourists go there too!
    Hope this info its helpful to you!

    Greetings!


    Thank you for your insightful suggestions!!

    I am planning a separate trip sometime in the future to Oaxaca and neighboring cities, as I heard great things about it!

    Looking forward to exploring your country!

    A
  • Joeyphx444

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    Oct 15, 2015 9:45 PM GMT
    ARTISTA said
    sleaver saidI am going to Mexico for 3 weeks...

    Can you guys help suggest 2 or 3 places to visit ... I was thinking this time round
    Puerto Vallarta/Guadalajara/Mexico City.. Any recommendations?


    Stop the drama you yankees! México is not dangerous as your media says, i lived here and i had the opportunity to visit a lot of wonderful places here and nothing bad happened!
    Anyway i recommend you to visit Veracruz,Chiapas and Oaxaca theres wonderful places there! They are pretty affordable, a lot of beautiful and calm towns, i fell in love with that places! Specially San Cristobal de Las Casas in Veracruz, its a calm tourist town theres a lot of places around downtown, bars, restaurants, galleries, etc. A lot of activities to do.
    Also visit El Puerto de Veracruz, that place is beautiful specially the central park in the afternoon, theres a lot of people reunited there, a lot of tourists go there too!
    Hope this info its helpful to you!

    Greetings!


    Ironic cuz all the places you named are tourist traps

    BTW, I'd avoid anything off the main roads in any foreign country, it's not just Mexico
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    Oct 15, 2015 11:52 PM GMT
    Joeyphx444 said
    ARTISTA said
    sleaver saidI am going to Mexico for 3 weeks...

    Can you guys help suggest 2 or 3 places to visit ... I was thinking this time round
    Puerto Vallarta/Guadalajara/Mexico City.. Any recommendations?


    Stop the drama you yankees! México is not dangerous as your media says, i lived here and i had the opportunity to visit a lot of wonderful places here and nothing bad happened!
    Anyway i recommend you to visit Veracruz,Chiapas and Oaxaca theres wonderful places there! They are pretty affordable, a lot of beautiful and calm towns, i fell in love with that places! Specially San Cristobal de Las Casas in Veracruz, its a calm tourist town theres a lot of places around downtown, bars, restaurants, galleries, etc. A lot of activities to do.
    Also visit El Puerto de Veracruz, that place is beautiful specially the central park in the afternoon, theres a lot of people reunited there, a lot of tourists go there too!
    Hope this info its helpful to you!

    Greetings!


    Ironic cuz all the places you named are tourist traps

    BTW, I'd avoid anything off the main roads in any foreign country, it's not just Mexico


    Mexico is a beautiful country. I was born and raised in Mexico so I should know.
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    Oct 16, 2015 1:06 AM GMT
    Although I've been to Cancun and other touristy areas of Mexico, my most memorable times have been in the small villages.

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    MORELIA - At the top of a beautiful mountain lies a magnificent lake with a small island in the center. (I have done some very dirty things at the top of that statue....VERY dirty things!) icon_twisted.gif

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    PÁTZCUARO - A very charming town. The people can be a bit suspicious but friendly once they get to know you.

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    SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE - A bit too American for my tastes but still very enjoyable. Big art community where a lot of American artists go to retire. Nice square where people sell their wares and artwork. I was astounded at the old rusty gas pumps that were still in use! And people smoking while gassing up.

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    GUANAJUATO - Another beautiful city. I was told how friendly people were here, however it's the one town I felt the most danger. My friends and I saw these crude handmade posters all over town for a Lucha Libre match at a local gymnasium. We had to walk a very long way to get there but it wasn't hard to find because it seemed like the entire town was walking there too. The wrestler take on characters much like our own fake wrestling matches. One guy walked out in a black leotard with a big red pair of lips stitched on his ass. We had no idea but apparently he was the gay one (the bad guy.) Well, half way through the match he goes running into the crowd trying to kiss the audience but everyone ran from him as if he had a bomb. He ran over to me and sat on my lap. Instead of running I had my friend snap a photo of me with him on my lap. The crowd started booing very loudly and throwing cups. My friends and I looked at each other wondering if we were going to be okay. I wanted to run but they said that would only make things worse. Luckily the other wrestler attacked the gay guy and we were able to sneak out. As we crossed the train tracks we saw a train coming. We decided to run in front of the train which was a good idea because as we looked back we saw a mob following us. But I still recommend Guanajuato! icon_lol.gif


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    Oct 16, 2015 3:26 AM GMT
    I'm currently planning a bicycle trip across Mexico, so this conversation is helpful for me as well. I'm especially curious about ferries from Cabo San Lucas to Mazatlán or Puerto Vallarta, and from Cancún to Cuba, and then back to the U.S.
    Thanks
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 16, 2015 11:16 AM GMT
    robbaker saidWhy don't you avoid mexico at all costs? You want to come to mexico just come to nyc there's tons of illegal mexicans there .especially in Spanish harlem.
    Why don't you shut up since you have nothing factual or intelligent to contribute to the conversation. Your generalizations about Mexico are highly repugnant.
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    Oct 16, 2015 12:02 PM GMT
    Learn 10 words and phrases in Spanish.
    Your experience of Mexico will be so much better if you learn a few of the basics, especially relating to kindness and appreciation.
    Say "Gracias"-Thank You a lot. And when the cook or server asks or gives you sign language to ask if you like the food, say "Que Rico!" or "Delicioso!"
    And learn to greet strangers with "Buenos Dias" during the day and "Buenas Tardes" late afternoon and "Buenos Noches" in the evening.
    You will be amazed at how the very little things that show you are trying with their language and that you want to be polite, will make all the difference.
    Mexicans value politeness and they acknowledge each other.
    Practice smiling more than you would ever do at home.
  • jeepguySD

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    Oct 16, 2015 2:56 PM GMT
    Do not eat any sour cream or other raw dairy products. They don't pasteurize in Mexico (at least not in Tijuana).
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    Oct 16, 2015 4:08 PM GMT
    Don't drink the water. icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 16, 2015 7:12 PM GMT
    FYI: There's a very good possibility you will get sick in Mexico. American stomachs are not equipped to handle the type of bacteria they have there.

    WATER:

    This bacteria is present in the water and since most food is prepared with local water, it's difficult to avoid unless you're eating at five star hotels.

    Start taking probiotics a week or two before you arrive in Mexico. This will help your stomach deal with any bacteria that it comes in contact with and will lessen (but not eliminate) the chances of diarrhea. Taking the probiotics once diarrhea has set in will not help you. You must take it before, during and even a few days after your trip.

    Take some masking tape with you for your shower or baths. (Don't laugh) Put a strip of masking tape over your mouth before stepping into the shower so you don't get water in your mouth. Each time I feel like I can remember not to do this on my own but then I catch myself doing it....and this can make you very sick!

    Use bottled water for brushing your teeth as well as drinking. Even the locals in many towns south of Cancun won't drink the water which is why you'll find bottled water everywhere.

    RAW FOODS & VEGGIES

    Don't eat any raw fruits or vegetables there as they are often fertilized with feces, including human feces and they don't always wash them before preparing. You can get some nasty illnesses this way, so as temping as it may be, don't eat the salsa or guacamole while you're there unless you know the source. Also, most of the cafes seating will be outdoors. Salsa is normally kept on the tables outside with no cover. As you approach the tables the salsa will appear black from all the flies on it. DO NOT EAT THIS! They also sell chilled fruit on a stick that is also exposed to flies. DO NOT EAT THIS EITHER!

    And above all, if you have diarrhea for more than 24 hours or see blood in your stool, get to the hospital quick. You could have Dysentery, which can kill you if not treated in time.

    SAFETY

    If you go to Guadalajara or Mexico City, beware of pickpockets. If you carry a backpack, wear it on your chest....not your back. It's not uncommon for thieves to carry razor blades to slice into your backpack and steal your belongings without you even feeling it. I always carry my cash in my socks or shoes.