Mexico City – Walk around & practice your Español
Disclaimer: Mexico City sometimes gets a bad rep but you’d be silly to skip this destination. It’s safer than a lot of places in Chicago or Paris. Just keep you wits about you – Just bought a new Louis V bag? Maybe don’t go to the markets with it… Use the subway during daytime and don’t leave you SLR on the table while you go to the bathroom and you’ll be fine. Oh and that unmarked taxi offering you a discounted ride to the hotel? GTFO!
Mexico City has many wonderful sites to visit including the Palacio de Belas Artes (pictured above) and the National Museum of Anthropology host to an immense collection of artifacts from pre-hispanic times. Brush up on you Espanol and walk the streets, it’s the best way to discover any city, you’ll find the locals to be friendly and very keen to show you why their city is great.
Teotihuacan – Pre-Columbian Pyramids
This ancient Mesoamerican city is close enough to make it a day-trip from Mexico City. Construction of this city started 2 millennia ago in 100BCE and was burned down in 500CE. You can climb a 230ft (70m) high pyramid that towers over the rest of the per-columbian site. Pack water and your camera.
Baja California & Cabo San Lucas- Leave the resorts
We stayed in the Riu – And this was a while back in 2010 – It was my 1st time at an all inclusive and I absolutely hated it – There are only so many 60 Oz bubba’s I can see at once and this definitely was too much for me –
So after 3 night we rented a Jeep and got out of the Riu.
And MY OH MY, Baja is incredible. I mean really, it’s got it all. Whether you are into adventure, Beaches, Hiking, Racing buggies, Surfing, Food, Culture.
Oh and it’s beautiful too. The sea of Cortez side of Baja is great for marine life watching and sport-fishing. Be sure to check out the town of Todos Santos and visit some art galleries.
San Miguel De Allende
This stunning colonial city with it’s fortified walls, narrow streets and unique charm has attracted artists for around the world. It’s not a UNESCO world heritage site for nothing. You will find it soothing to be away from the classic tourist destinations. Check out Mercado de Artesanias for to find local artisans showcasing their talents.
Land in Cancun Airport and, whatever you do, don’t go to Cancun. Instead take a 1.5h ride into Tulum. Picture white sandy beaches and no major resorts – that’s Tulum.
You’ll find it very easy to unwind here – there’s not much else to do. Relax at the beach at Ziggy’s Beach Club (get the ceviche, any of them they’re great) then in the evening go for dinner at Hartwood. Then just do the same thing over and over until you have to leave to catch you flight.
Plan it. Book it. Live it. Repeat.