If you could only take one trip, where would you go Alaska or Mexico?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by damasovi, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    Hi, I want to ask your opinion about a thing I have, by summer of 2010 I would like to travel one more time, I was almost all set up for Alaska, but after seeing several reports on Mexico I wonder if I should go and visit MY own country before I continue discovering the rest of the world.

    I have being to Europe several times, the West cost and <st1:country-region w:st="on">Canada</st1:country-region> several times, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Mexico</st1:country-region></st1:place>? only <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Mexico City</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Oaxaca</st1:State></st1:place> and a little of Baja, so there is a very big unbalance here between local and foreign travel...

    I could come up with 5 weeks and that is good time to spend around <st1:country-region w:st="on">Mexico</st1:country-region>, at a good pace, 5 weeks for doing <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Alaska</st1:place></st1:State>? a little more tight but still good time.

    So what would you do? I know is like apples and oranges, but there are still fruits, right?


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  2. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    Very different, both great.

    Maybe choose a good weather window for AK and do it.

    MX is a different mindset, IMO.

    In 2010, just down the road a bit, I'll be.........
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  3. akrider

    akrider mild adventurer

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    But of course I live there.

    No language barrier.
    More scenic
    Less bandidos
    Great roads-paved and unpaved
    The arctic circle
    Denali
    Nice local riders
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  4. banshee

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    man, what a tough decision. both are on my short list. If I had to pick one - Alaska.
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  5. Exurban

    Exurban Been here awhile

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    I haven't been to either yet so obviously I'm well qualified to respond. Just from what I read and pictures I've seen, little, just about anywhere on earth, compares to the epic wild grandeur of Alaska. So, that's where I'm heading.
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  6. repo

    repo no mans land

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    Alaska...already on the table for 2009
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  7. QUICKSILVER

    QUICKSILVER Native Arizonan

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    I live quite close to Mex on the AZ side, it would take all of 45 minutes to ride there. I would LOVE to see Alaska. There is SO many things there that are like a new land, a foreign country, a new world...it will be a short list for me. ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE IN BAJA... mexico is a dangerous, dirty, currupt country; alaska is beautiful.
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  8. disconnected

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    Tell you what, Alaska is top on my list...... I would love to able to get up there..

    greg
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  9. tlgreen

    tlgreen Dirty adventurer

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    I'm sick of this winter cold crap & I can see snow capped mountains & bush
    just by looking out my window...:bluduh
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  10. screwit

    screwit One more time

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    First of all think of it as "where am I going to go FIRST" and try to get to both. I have to disagee with quicksilver in his opinion of Mexico as a dirty, corrupt Country. I have been on rides to Copper Canyon, Baja (Many times) and into the interior. I have always had positive experiences especially with the local people. The farther you get from the border the better it gets. It's not better or worse than Alaska just different. Alaska has a wealth of natural beauty no arguement there (the kenai pennisula is awesome) but camp on the beach at Bahia de Kino or Bay of LA and watch the sunrise over the water and it's a coin flip. Ride a two track to Urique in the bottom of Copper Canyon and you'll remember it for life. Anyway my .02, try to do both, life is short.
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  11. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    I've been to Mexico, this past summer. (I've got an ongoing trip report being posted) I've wanted to visit Alaska, too.

    After my trip to Mexico, I've started to reconsider my idea of going to Alaska. I just may go back to Mexico and see more. That's how great I thought it was.

    As for Quicksilvers assertion that Mexico is dangerous and dirty... well, he lives near (and probably has only visited) the border towns. Did you know Alaska is ranked in the top ten states for violent crime?

    I'll probably eventually end up in Alaska, at least once... but for now, Mexico still has me captivated and the next long ride I take will probably be to return to Mexico to see those places I missed the first time.

    My suggestion: Flip a coin the day before you go.

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  12. Exurban

    Exurban Been here awhile

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    Maybe, but I'll bet it's all in Anchorage with a high percentage of domestics.
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  13. ppuga

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    Hey Damaso, IMHO go to Alaska. I'm planning that trip to may be 2009 or 10. You are in Baja, you can take the ferry and start discovering México in short trips. From today to 2010 you have several holidays, weekends and short vacations to start traveling inside México.

    Read you in MotoAventuras :evil
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  14. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    Thanks to everyone for giving your 2 cents, they are both great trips if the making.

    Quicksilver I guess you have not been around that much and it's ok, maybe you just know Juarez.

    Mr P.Puga tienes razon. I will do more of it in short trips even if they come in a form of fly,car so I can take the family.

    Keep it coming.

    Damasovi
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  15. FotoTEX

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    Alaska, Alaska, Alaska. Done the ride, go do it. It is ALL good. No regrets. Which I had taken longer than a month. It is BIG place. Not an ugly mile the whole route. Awesome Ride. Grizzly bears or Bandidos???
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  16. SFmax

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    Seeing as you're already in Baja. I'd vote for Mexico. You'll get more interesting miles in that way. Its a long ride up to Alaska, and highway 1 isn't the most culturally rich highway in the world.

    You could ship the bike up to Anchorage and start there. In that case I think it would boil down to how much time you have to travel. There arn't allot of road options in Alaska. So unless you're into camping and backpacking as side trips I think Mexico would provide a much wider array of destinations.

    I'd break it down to this.
    Mexico-if you don't want to ship the bike to Anchorage.
    Anchorage- if you can ship and only have 2-3 weeks to see some beautiful scenery.
    Mexico- if you have a month or longer.
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  17. ExDesertDog

    ExDesertDog Been here awhile

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    :ear I would start in Alaska and ride through Mexico. If I had only one place I would choose Mexico.:ear
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  18. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    Don't you know that bears eat people??? Bandidos only robe you, LOL

    this are 2 very good trips, only wish I had more time to ride from Baja to Alakas and then to Cancun and back
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  19. fataldata

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    Both of these were possibilities for me this summer and it came down to..... I live in cold snowy mountains and I want to go somewhere warm this spring. I'll will probably go to Alaska in another year but because family and friends were planning a trip to Belize this spring, it's just too easy.
    So I'm scouring the forums looking for stops, specifically on the gulf coastline. Hoping to camp some in scary Mexico.
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  20. hosertp

    hosertp Adnauseam Adventurer

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    Done the AK thing. No regrets for sure. Mexico can either be great or a disaster. I agree that you have to do both, eventually. But if I had to make the choice, AK. Just make sure that you reserve enough time to do it all especially if you don't expect to go back anytime soon. It's expensive, but at least it's safe. paul
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