Hierve el Agua and its petrified waterfalls is an easy daytrip from Oaxaca City and totally worth the trip. Here are 3 ways you can visit it.
Mexico is one of my favorite countries! It’s a good thing that it’s one of the cheapest destinations from my home airport (SFO). I’ve been to Mexico a few times, each visit focused on different regions. This country has it all: great food, lively modern culture, fascinating indigenous history, beautiful architecture, and great outdoors.
- Swimming with whale sharks – such a privilege to get so close to these gentle giants. You can do this in Isla Mujeres during the season.
- Exploring the cenotes in Yucatan – these sink holes are so much fun to explore. Yucatan region has hundreds of these cenotes, each is slightly different but all are beautiful in their own way.
- Celebrating Dia de Los Muertos in Oaxaca – without a doubt the most beautiful cultural event I’ve ever been to.
To travel between cities, I usually take the bus. Buses in Mexico is far superior than Greyhound buses here in the States.
There are various bus companies covering different parts of Mexico. Whenever available, I take ADO Buses. Their cheapest class is comfortable enough, however I tend to splurge on ADO GL or Platinum because it really doesn’t cost that much more. You get plusher seats and snacks.
Bus terminals in Mexico, at least the ones I’ve been to, tend to be quite comfortable with clean bathrooms, with visible presence of security guards. Still, keep an eye on your belongings.
You can buy bus tickets for Mexico in advance from BusBud.
The capital is vibrant, chaotic, and gritty. The zocalo with its imposing cathedral sits in the center of historical district among all the other historical landmark buildings. Templo Mayor is the ruin of the pre-Hispanic Aztec pyramids of Tenochtitlan, located near the zocalo. It’s a reminder that the current Mexico City sits on top of a thriving pre-Hispanic capital.
Ciudadela crafts market is where you go if you’re looking for handmade souvenirs.
Do not miss the excellent National Museum of Anthropology – I don’t like museums in general, but this one is an exception especially if you have even the most passing interest in pre-Colombian cultures.
Food: you can get any type of food in Mexico City. El Moro Churreria specializes in churros and Mexican hot chocolate. Whenever you have a craving for sugary fried pastry and hot drinks, regardless of time, head here. It’s open 24 hours.