End of 2020 I decided to travel to Mexico again and I had my mind set to visit some off the beaten path places. After spending 3 months in Yucatan in 2019, I figured it was time to visit some other tourist destinations in Mexico.
In total I spent almost 2 months driving around Mexico in a rental car before I flew to Chiapas and crossed the border into Guatemala. More than 5,000 kilometer (3,500 miles) on the road brought me to almost 20 different States around the country.
Don’t waste money on expensive roaming costs, buy a local sim card upon arrival in Mexico City. Staying online makes traveling so much easier: use Google Maps to find thing, translate Spanish to English, stay up to date with the latest travel restrictions, etc. For a couple dollar and within just a couple minutes you are all set with a prepaid Mexico sim card for tourists at Mexico City Airport.
Mexico was one of the first countries to open for international travelers without any restrictions and therefore it was an easy decision for me to travel to Mexico in September 2020. What are the restrictions? The rules regarding the Corona virus and how much did it change… read it all in this Mexico travel blog based on my own experiences.
Traveling to Cancun any time soon? Don't forget to put Isla Mujeres on your things to do list. This gorgeous little island just off the coast from Cancun is a popular day trip destination in the Riviera Maya, but there is more. You can easily spend a couple days on Isla Mujeres and discover more of this beautiful island. In this complete guide I will you all the best things to do and places to see in Isla Mujeres.
One of the most laid-back cities in the Yucatan Peninsula is Valladolid. A small and charming city right in the heart of the peninsula. This is a complete guide for traveling to Valladolid with things to do, places to see, where to eat, rooftop bars, where to stay and everything else.
Valladolid was one of my stops on my Yucatan road trip and with Ek Balam cenote only about 30 minutes drive from Valladolid I had to visit this one too. There are so many cenotes near Valladolid: Zaci, Suytun, Ik Kil, etc. but some locals told me that visiting cenote Xcanche was more than good fun and that is why I went.
While most people flock to cenote Suytun, cenote Ik Kil or cenote Xcanche when they travel to Valladolid there are a couple less popular cenotes that are equally stunning. Off the beaten path in Yucatan, not touristy yet very unique is Sac Aua. One of the 12 cenotes around Valladolid worth visiting.
During my 2 months backpacking in Yucatan I visited Valladolid Mexico 3 times. The laid back vibe of this sleepy town is contagious and on top of that it has some of the most beautiful Yucatan cenotes around. Cenote Suytun is one of them and in this blog I will tell you all about it. I visited cenote Suytun two times and these are all my tips. In this blog you will also find a Suytun vlog.
On my Yucatan Peninsula road trip I decided to visit all the cenotes near Valladolid and found some hidden gems you won’t often see in other Valladolid travel guides. With Cenote Suytun and Ik Kil being so immense popular people are forgetting about those cenotes a little off the beaten track, but these ones are just as gorgeous.
Throughout all my Yucatan travel blogs I have constantly been preaching that traveling the Yucatan Peninsula does not have to be expensive. It just comes down to how much budget you have! Prices in Yucatan and traveling around the peninsula are probably only a fraction of what things cost in your hometown, but please refrain yourself from saying the Yucatan is cheap.
The more you explain the locals how cheap it is to travel to Yucatan Peninsula the more expensive it becomes. Keep in mind that for locals the tourist prices in the Yucatan are expensive!
On my Yucatan itinerary I saved some days for visiting Valladolid, Mexico and NOT for its nearby world wonder Chichen Itza. It are actually the cenotes around Valladolid that make this city one of the best places to visit in Yucatan Peninsula. After you read this travel blog about the Valladolid cenotes I am sure you get itchy feet visiting this city in the center of the Yucatan Peninsula.
When I decided to travel to Merida Mexico I had no intention staying 2 weeks in this chaotic city. But day by day I started to like the city more and more. I got to know some off the beaten path places where only locals go and made some local friends. Im sure my almost 50 Merida Mexico travel tips will help you out a lot, check it out in the link. On top of that I stayed in a super lovely and charming boutique hotel: Kuka y Naranjo. In this review you will find out why I think this is one of the best places to stay in Merida Mexico.
Traveling to Valladolid and looking for a cool cenote? Cenote Zaci is right in the heart of Valladolid, only a couple blocks away from the main square. Read in this Cenote Zaci guide everything you need to know before visiting Cenote Zaci: price, opening hours, cliff diving, restaurant and much more.
There are more than 10 cenotes around Valladolid in Yucatan Peninsula and I visited all of them. Last but not least on my bucketlist was Cenote Ik Kil. In this travel blog you will find everything you need to know when you visit Ik Kil. The opening times, how to get there, prices, facilities and even how to get the cenote all to yourself! Also find a vlog below of my adventures visiting Cenote Ik Kil.
In Mayan language Ik Kil means: The Place of The Winds!
By connecting all the amazing places to visit in Yucatan Peninsula I created the ultimate itinerary. Of course the capital of the Yucatan state was part of this big trip and that is how I ended up staying in this lovely city for 10 days. In this Merida Mexico travel blog I listed all travel tips I could find while eating, drinking, living, sleeping and day tripping around this authentic Mexican city.
Explore a natural world wonder in one of the most beautiful underground river systems in Quintana Roo. Rio Secreto is a beautifully preserved cenote in the Yucatan Peninsula full of dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. This mysterious system of caves and underground rivers can be explored with a professional guide on a great adventure in the dark.
Recently I visited Yucatan for more than 2 months and visited all the Yucatan Peninsula highlights. Don’t worry this Yucatan itinerary is not gonna last 2 months! To tick off the best things to do in Yucatan Peninsula you will need at least two weeks, but even if you have less time, making a road trip in the Yucatan peninsula is a great idea. Just pick your favorite places to visit from the list below.
While traveling around Yucatan Peninsula for two months I also stumbled upon the lovely beach village Mahahual in Costa Maya. I was happy I added it to my Yucatan itinerary as more than anything I loved the super laid-back vibe at this fishing village transformed into a popular tourist destination in Yucatan. In this Costa Maya travel guide I will tell you all the best things to do in Costa Maya and secret travel tips I found out about Mahahual.
After my Tulum and Coba tour I was often asked what I liked the most and therefore decided to write an article about it. In this Coba vs Tulum travel blog I will explain both Maya sites and which one I would recommend you to visit if you have to choose one.
If you haven't been to Mexico before you’re likely to stay in a large resort or perhaps somewhere in Cancun or Playa del Carmen, both cities are drawing many tourists. Obviously, there are also other places to visit which are less known by the large audience. Puerto Morelos is one of those little Caribbean towns with a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. Read all about it in my Puerto Morelos travel blog.
Where to stay in Cozumel that doesn’t break the bank? A central place not too far away from the hustle and bustle on the beach with a pool... I found a Cozumel hotel for you! Have a look at this El Cantil Cozumel review and I show you what the place is like from the inside and around.
A great day out in the Jungle and one of the best day trips from Cancun or Playa del Carmen! Quintana Roo is full of adventure theme parks, but the Selvatica Extreme Canopy adventure was one of the highlights of my trip to Quintana Roo. When traveling to Yucatan Peninsula and looking for adventure put this one on your bucketlist!
Welcome to a sleepy little beach town in and between two of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico! Sounds like a great plan to get a little away from the tourist trail and off the beaten track in Quintana Roo, right? The coastline down from Cancun all the way South to Mahahual surely has loads of undiscovered places and Puerto Morelos is one of them. On my Yucatan itinerary I reserved two days to get to know this lovely beach town. Read all about my experiences in this Puerto Morelos travel blog, with tips for restaurants and things to do.
During my time traveling in Quintana Roo I wanted to get a slice of Mayan culture. I had so many adventures on my Yucatan Peninsula itinerary but nothing included any Maya ruins and that is one thing that definitely can’t be missed on your trip to Quintana Roo. There are a couple beautiful Maya sites and first I looked up the difference between Coba vs. Tulum, but in the end found a tour that was perfectly tailored to me: Tulum and Coba including a Maya Village Tour.
Choosing where to stay in Playa Del Carmen can be difficult as there are many options and you can get easily lost in all tips that are offered to stay in this area. If you are looking for a Playa del Carmen boutique hotel which is located downtown in Playa del Carmen please be invited to read below review of Hotel Morgana.
After walking around for like 30 minutes I immediately got the fuzz about traveling to Isla Holbox. Wow what a little paradise up on the north coast of Yucatan peninsula! The sandy roads, the laid-back vibe, the Caribbean sea, the beautiful beaches and all the backpackers. This was totally my place to live my islandlife! I was happy I decided to visit Isla Holbox for the first time in my life.
Flying to Mexico soon and preparing for your trip? Don't get stuck with high roaming costs or slow overseas data roaming, they limit the internet speed! Get yourself a local sim card. It is cheap and you get the best network, high speed internet and big data bundle packages. This is a complete guide for buying a sim card in Mexico with where to buy a sim card, the best network in Mexico, up to date prices as per March 2021 and everything else you need to know.
Welcome to the sleepy fishing town on the North shores of the Yucatan Peninsula. Life is slow, but life is good at Rio Lagartos. Last March 2019 I traveled to Rio Lagartos to see Las Coloradas Pink Lake, but I ended up staying here two nights as I fell in love with its vibe. In this Rio Lagartos travel blog I will give you all the travel tips I collected while exploring the village.
In March 2019 a trip to Cozumel was one of the first things I did on my big Yucatan Peninsula trip. The first two nights I got stuck in Playa del Carmen and when I wanted to escape the hustle and bustle I decided to take a ferry to Cozumel and rent an amazing condo at El Cantil Cozumel. After some snorkel trips I decided to rent a scooter on Cozumel to explore the island in search for deserted beaches.
Traveling to Playa del Carmen soon and preparing for your Mexico holiday? Don't get stuck with high roaming costs and or slow overseas data roaming! Get yourself a sim card on arrival? How and where? It is very easy! This is your complete guide for buying a sim card in Playa del Carmen with up to date prices as per March 2021, where to buy one, the best network and everything else you need to know.
I flew in to Cancun Airport and wanted to buy a sim card for Mexico there, but it was such a mess that I decided to wait and find a Mexico sim card in Playa del Carmen.