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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.

Can’t Miss

Getting Around

By Bus
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.

Mexico City

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.

Valladolid July 9, 2012

Quirky Valladolid, Casa de Los Venados

Las Casa de Los Venados (The House of Deers) in Valladolid is owned by an American couple, John and Dorianne Venator. They bought this hacienda style house in ruins, spent 10 years renovating and filling it with the largest collection of Mexican folk art in a private collection.

Playa del Carmen June 19, 2012

Chaak Tun Cenote – One of Yucatan’s Best

We were feeling somewhat lukewarm about Playa del Carmen. Until we stumbled upon Chaak Tun cenote – it’s so awesome we can say it ‘made’ the Playa for us. For us, Chaak Tun is the best cenote in the whole Yucatan.

Like any awesome find, I want to keep this gem for ourselves. But just like any other awesome finds – I love sharing them as well.