Mexico offers some of the world’s best beaches, ancient ruins, food, and in my opinion, beer (as someone who doesn’t’ drink beer too often I could easily sink a few Coronas- especially when they’re $1USD). In December 2016 I embarked on my first trip to Latin America with my partner, Darcy. We left for a 10-week backpacking adventure and began by flying into in Mexico City.
Our adventure began by flying into Mexico city, where we supposed to spend 2 full days, but thanks to my flight from LA to Mexico being cancelled, we only had half a day if we wanted to stick to our original plans. Luckily that was enough time to visit the main attraction that we wanted to see in Mexico city: the pyramid of the sun (Teotihuacan). We caught a metro from our hotel to the Autobuses de Norte bus terminal, where we then caught a 1.5-hour bus to Teotihuacan. Teotihuacan gave us our first insight into life for the ancient Mayans, and the best thing about this temple is that it’s one of the few that you can still climb to the top- and the views are well worth it.
Just 4 hours drive from Mexico City amidst the mountain ranges of Hidalgo lies the hidden oasis of Tolantongo. This was definitely a highlight of our time in Mexico. Tolantongo is a resort that has been built to utilize the thermal water systems that lie within the mountains- but don’t worry, for a resort it’s still very cheap. Tolantongo features a large thermal river, thermal pools, and warm waterfalls and natural springs. It also has caves, suspension bridges, swimming pools, and hiking trails, which all visitors are welcome to explore.
We flew from Mexico City to Cancucn for 5 days, just in time for Christmas. During our 5 days there we managed to squeeze a lot in, with day trips to the Tulum Ruins, Xel-Ha, Chitchen Itza, and a cenote tour.