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02/08/2006

Travel to Mexico

Latin America » Mexico

We did only a small part of Mexico at the end of our Ruta Maya trip. The sites in Mexico like Chichen Itza, Palenque and Uxmal are fabulous. Merida is a nice city, especially on Sundays. However, it's much more expensive than Guatemala, and it also lacks the atmosphere of Guatemala. The Caribbean coast (Playa Del Carmen, Tulum) could definitely not seduce us: it's hypertouristic and quite expensive also.

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02/08/2006

Mexico - General info (Part I)

Latin America » Mexico

Since 7/99, Mexico now has an entry tax of 16 US$. You don't have to pay this immediately though, they'll give you a paper, you then go to a bank and they put some stamps on it. You'll need to produce this form with the appropriate stamps when you leave the country.

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02/08/2006

Mexico - General info (Part II)

Latin America » Mexico

At the Yucatan coast, accommodation can sometimes be hard to get and will usually be more expensive than inland. Inland, you can usually find good and clean double rooms with hot showers for a bit more then 100 P. Middle class hotels, sometimes with swimming pools can be had for around 400 P, the five stars are 1000 P and up.

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02/08/2006

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Latin America » Mexico

We didn't like Playa Del Carmen very much. It's expensive and hypertouristic. But if you like beaches, beers and discos, this is the place to be for you. Our first plan was (coming from Chetumal) to spend the night near Tulum. They have all kinds of accommodation there, from cheap huts with no facilities and only a hammock near the ruins to more expensive bungalows further away.

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02/08/2006

Merida, Mexico

Latin America » Mexico

We choose Merida as the last place of our first trip and we also took the plane back. I think it was a very good choice. The place was very nice and cosy, especially during weekends, and also the airport is very easy to reach, so no need to take an expensive taxi to get there like in Cancun. During the week, traffic is very heavy and polluting, but during the weekend the center is made traffic free, and everybody is walking and cycling in his best clothes.

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02/08/2006

Palenque, Mexico

Latin America » Mexico

To get to Palenque from Flores, have a look at the El Peten introduction chapter. From Merida there's a comfortable AC nightbus (170 Pesos 12/99). The trip takes 9 hours. There are also buses to San Cristobal (50 Pesos second class, 70 Pesos first class, but collectivos are faster). Palenque is also served by Aero Caribe. Check their site for schedules and prices.

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02/08/2006

Mexico - Yaxchilan/ Bonampak

Latin America » Mexico

We went to Yaxchilan coming from Tikal, Guatemala towards Bethel, and then the ferry to Corozal. See "El Peten" chapter for info. It's nowadays also easy to arrange this as a side trip from Palenque. You can either do it organised or on your own: The organised tours cost 395 Pesos (12/99) and include transportation Palenque-Corozal, then the boat to Yaxchilan and back to Corozal, and then the bus again to Bonampak, and return to Palenque (1 day trip). You can also do a 2 day trip where you spend 1 night at a village of Lacandon Indians. Price is 700 Pesos (12/99).

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02/08/2006

San Christobal, Mexico

Latin America » Mexico

Both from Palenque as from Tuxtla, it's best to take a collectivo since they go faster then the regular buses. A regular bus from Palenque takes 5 hours and costs between 50 and 70 Pesos depending on the class you take. When coming from Oaxaca, you can take a night bus, but make your reservation well ahead. Hotel We stayed at the Ciudad Real Residencia at Ben. Juarez 1.

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02/08/2006

Oaxaca, Mexico

Latin America » Mexico

Oaxaca has an airport connecting with Mexico City, Tuxtla, San Cristobal and others. Look at the general info 1 chapter for links to airlines. The busstation is quite out of theme town center (don't be misled by the old LP-map which puts the station near the city center).

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02/08/2006

Mexico - Mexico City

Latin America » Mexico

When arriving at the airport, there are numerous banks, most of them giving very good rates, just shop around a bit. Here also, banks give better rates then money changers. To get into town, you need to get a ticket for the taxi. A ticket to Zona Rosa costs 90 pesos (12/99).

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