Recommendations For Places To Visit In Mexico

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by GoodMoGo, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. GoodMoGo

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    Decided to take 2 weeks off and drive to southern Mexico. I've only managed to get 2 places to visit in between my origin and final destinations and would welcome other suggestions. Have no interest in night life or crowds and would love to climb an active volcano, if it helps get an idea of what to suggest (the Pyramid of the Sun is about as touristy as I can handle - I think - because of its enormous significance).

    Attached is my draft route with the 2 spots I've picked so far.[​IMG] The Guatemalan leg is highly improbable as it would be mostly for the passport stamp -I researched zip on what's to see close to the Mexican border.

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  2. bmwarabia

    bmwarabia Harvey in Antigua

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    Real de catorce if you like a more adventurous location.

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  3. Catracho

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    With only two weeks I wouldn't bother with the Guatamala border run, as you'd also have to cancel and renew your Mexico paperwork. Oaxaca is incredible, but with only 2 weeks i'd do your Mexico City/Puebla jaunt and maybe a week in Morelia/Guanjuato/San Luis Potosi/Queretaro/Aguas/Zacatecas/Durango area.
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  4. bmwarabia

    bmwarabia Harvey in Antigua

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    Yes, Guanajuato and Oaxaca are excellent.

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    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Only the FMM (tourist visa). You can keep your bike permit (TVIP) open.
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    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    It is a must to include Xilitia and see Edward James place. One of my favorite places in all of Ole Mexico.
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  7. Bubwheat

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    From Oaxaca, forget the southern leg, and head over to San Cristobal de las Casas, my new favorite city in Mexico! Then you can head north to Veracruz, and complete your trip north!
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  8. kantuckid

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    For my taste, much of the border to Tampico run is not the better route. I suggest a more central route, that does spots already suggested. I agree that skipping Guatemala makes for a better trip. I would include Palenque area and turn the corner toward San Cristobal. The central mountain ridge routes and runs to and from the Pacific are well worth doing, even when it's not logical in the progression of the overall trip.
    Oaxaca city and the state are among my favorites. Michoacan-Morelia, Patzcuaro and the Mariposa preserve are special too.
    I found San Cristobal interesting but maybe more so were it not such a haven for the "rasta man wanna be backpacker crowd" that is everywhere you look. Kind of like too many of them like the place? Chiapas overall is the better place.
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    2 weeks round trip?

    Has anyone told you about Mexican miles?
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  10. alexdf

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    I agree with @kantuckid. Try to enter Mexico by Laredo /Colombia pass early in the morning and direct to Monterrey. To stop with a tent to make camping at "Laguna de la media luna", Rio Verde, San Luis Potosi could be a good place to cross "Sierra Gorda de Queretaro" (villages to visit; Pinal de Amoles & Jalpan de la Sierra). If you are not interested in Mexico City, go from Piramids to Puebla, Cholula to climb volcanos. If you come from Puebla, a trail to the starting point where to starting hike the volcanos; this is a trail with no asphalt but could be done in 1 hour or 2.
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    At Puerto Escondido and Mazunte you will find same "rasta man wanna be backpacker crowd" comming from San Cristobal de las Casas :-) , but is a nice beach!
    I didn´t rode from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido by the short route, 4 years ago we took the long route to Salina Cruz and the road was amazing!!!

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    Every road that routes from the Pacific to the highlands in every area up and down the coast is well worth doing!
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    I'm a fan of soaking...

    Grutas Tolantongo
    San Cristóbal, 42370 Cardonal, Hgo., Mexico
    +52 772 165 3019
    https://goo.gl/maps/N3FYhGMgKcp

    La Gruta Spa
    Carr. Dolores Hidalgo km 10, Guadalupe, 37893 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
    +52 415 185 2162
    https://goo.gl/maps/bY7NpLpCrvx

    And hiking...

    Puente De Dios
    Carretera San Juan del Río Xilitla Km 179.8, Centro, 76340 Jalpan de Serra, Qro., Mexico
    https://goo.gl/maps/rzU9Tkfk2By

    And ancient cultures...

    Zona Arqueológica Palenque
    Carretera a Palenque- Zona Archaeologica Km. 8, 29960 Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico
    +52 916 345 2721
    https://goo.gl/maps/jVCLtsRCyzt

    And all things Mole...

    Oaxaca
    Oaxaca, Mexico
    https://goo.gl/maps/MUd1sYnbbT12
    Hotel Típico
    20 de Noviembre 612, Zona Lunes Feb 09, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico
    +52 951 516 4111
    https://goo.gl/maps/8Qv2A1pkxEB2
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    A must visit town!!!

    Hotel Ogarrio
    Constitucion 38, Real de Catorce, 78550 Real de Catorce, S.L.P., Mexico
    +52 488 887 5039
    https://goo.gl/maps/Spk63aikyyo

    Add to that Zacatecas too!

    Meson de la merced Zacatecas
    Calle Juárez, Zacatecas Centro, 98000 Víctor Rosales, Zac., Mexico
    +52 800 715 2165
    https://goo.gl/maps/imbPSpv1omn
    Mina El Eden
    Antonio Dovali Jaime s/n, Colonia Centro, Caminera, 98000 Zacatecas, Zac., Mexico
    +52 492 922 3002
    https://goo.gl/maps/sKSTA2PgUuD2
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    Posts #12 -#15 above-these belong among the better Mexico travel advice posts on ADV?:-)
    I have not ridden MX80 or several others from Guada to the coast, only route to Pacific there I've done is through Tequilla, Mexico on MX150,etc., towards PV, MX. Next time?
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    Great thread, where's the OP? In post #1 it's a ride to the GT/MX border & back event given the time frame.
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    Is there no way around closing the FMM? I live near the border and if I get a six month FMM I'd rather not close it as I'll only be in guatamala about 5 days. I may use the FMM for 2-3 more baha trips!
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  19. Gustavo

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    Doesn't MX80 go south to Barra de Navidad? That's not quite in the right direction if you want to go to PV. I've done the route through Mascota, before and after the bridge was done. Much more traffic now that you don't have to worry about the river level, but still a good ride.

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  20. kantuckid

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    Yes it does. My brain was wrapped around places to ride more so than ways to do an "A to B" trip. So my point was the back and forth routes from coast to interior. I last rode as only mentioned above from Guada to near the coast and turned south on the cutoff toward PV.
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