try to speak spanish, even if rudimentary; the people do appreciate it, tho many mexicans speak english. be extremely polite, and SMILE A LOT. people from the USA should refer to themselves as "norteamericanos," not simply "americanos."
to say, "my name is X," say "me llamo X" (may yahm-oh).
greet people with "hola" (oh-lah, with just the barest more emphasis on the second syllable, this is the equivalent of "hi"), "buenos dias" (bway-nohs dee-ahs) in the morning, "buenas tardes" (bway-nahs tar-dezz) from noon to slightly before sundown, and "buenas noches" (bway-nahs no-chezz) after dark.
if you ask people to speak spanish VERY SLOWLY ("muy lentamente" -- mooey len-ta-men-tay), they will do so. practically all waiters, shopkeepers, etc., are happy to teach you individual words or phrases. a berlitz book on latin-american spanish (not spain) is helpful, because it has phonetic pronunciation, latin-american slang, and phrases that you are likely to want to know (thank you, i'm sorry, my spanish is not good, where is the bus stop?, etc.).
As for me, the most interesting places and sightseeing are ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, sacred Cenotes, Coba city, ecoparks, and of course - necessarily!!! you should visit Tulum. It one of the best- preserved coastal Mayan cities (the beach of Tulum are very beautiful and it is included in seven of the best beaches in the world).
I would not recommend the island of Mujeres, in my view, there is not anything interesting.
And if you want to see an authentic Mexico, this is best done with a knowledgeble person, because it can be very dangerous. In the touristic zone safely, but outside possibly everything.
Fondest memory: I think that Mexico is another civilization. Frandly people, incredible beautiful beaches, tasty food and of course its own special atmosphere. Most part of the population speak Spanish, except hotel staff, restaurant staff who know and speak English.
If you go to Mexico with big company, better place that Cancun or Play del Carmen (it is 40 min. nearby Cancun), you will not find. Very fun, noisy and lively, many young people. There are a lot of nightclubs, cafes and restaurants for different tastes.
As for restaurans, I can say that I have never tried such dillicious oysters like in Cart Charlie's restaurant in my life before! (it is located in the centr of Cancun, Blvr. Kukulkan Km. 5.5 hotel zone, Cancun).
About nightclubs - I have never forgot a Coco Bongo) it is not just a nightclub, this is interesting and unforgettable show (style show Las-Vegas). It's worth seeing!
agua azul falls, palenque (chiapas)
rose flamingo reserve (celestun, yucatan)
Ruta Puuc pyramids (yucatan)
zipolite, mazunte, puerto escondido (beaches of oaxaca)
cancun, playa del carmen (quintana roo)
veracruz rio filobobos (rafting )
skydive (cuautla, morelos).
Campeche ( calakmul )
Fondest memory: www.mexicodesconocido.com.mx
Fondest memory: Codice Moctezuma , Palacio de Cortes, Cuernavaca , Mexico
Codice Mendoza, Univ Oxford, UK.
Codice Fejervary-Mayer, Liverpool muesum, Uk
Codice Cospi, Biblioteca Univ. di Bolognia, Italy
Codice Magliabechiano, Biblioteca Nacionale Laurenziana, Firenze, Italy
Codice Florentino , Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Firenze, Italy
Codice Aubin, British museum,London
Codice Tepetlaoztoc, British museum,London
Codice Doctrina cristina, British museum,London
Codice Azcatitlan, Biblioteque nationale de France, Paris
Codice Dresde, Germany
Codice Vaticano , Italy
COMPLETE LIST of MEXICO LINKS
Fondest memory: www.cultura.df.gob.mx
Mexico city Tourist information
the national Anthem:
Mexicanos al grito de guerra, el acero aprestad y el bridon, y retiemble su centro la tierra, al sonoro ruguir del canon, mas si osare un extraño enemigo profanar con sus plantas tu suelo, piensa o patria querida que el cielo un soldado en cada hijo te dio, un soldado en cada hijo te dio...........
the more impressive Pyramids for me are...
Teotihuacan, edo mex
Chichen Itza, yucatan
Monte Alban, oaxaca
Tulum, quintana roo
Templo mayor, mexico DF
la venta, Tabasco
Fondest memory: www.MEXICODESCONOCIDO.COM.MX
careful when you go up/ down with the pyramids stairs..
careful with snakes and iguanas
PYRAMIDS MAPS IN MEXICO
PYRAMIDS HERITAGE MEXICO
the Best beaches for me are....
Tulum, quintana roo
Isla Mujeres , playa norte quintana roo
Playa del Carmen, quintana roo
Majahual, quintana roo
cozumel, quintana roo
la ticla, michoacan
punta mita, nayarit
cancun, quintana roo
isla mujeres, quintana roo
Puerto Escondido, oaxaca
Monte Pio, veracruz
barra de navidad, colima
puerto vallarta, jalisco
Bahia Concepcion, BCS
Cabo san lucas , BCS
Los cabos , BCS
todos los santos, BCS
san pedrito , BCS
puerto vallarta, jalisco
playa ventura - La Caracola - Don Gencho
Fondest memory: MEXICODESCONOCIDO.COM.MX
Please tourist that smoke!!!!!!... dont leave the cigarretes in the beach... its not nice find the beaches dirty....
Most of the travelers follow the next route in the north center of Mexico:
Chihuhua- Creel- Divisadero (cooper canyon)
Guerrero negro, baja (see whales)
Zacatecas (barroque architecture)
Durango ( silence zone )
Paquime (ancient ruins)
el potrero (rock climbing)
la laguna (horse riding)
coast of Baja (surfing)
mar de cortes (diving ,Jaque Cousteau discovers)
Huasteca (San Luis Potosi waterfalls, rainforest)
americans from south usa fly to mexico becouse they have more contact with mexicans in usa
they knwo more of mexico
people from NY, boston also travel to mexico becosue they are more educated and more globalized
charter flights to cancun and the price make them flight to cancun
people from south have properties in opuerto vallarta, sayulita, puerto peñasco, san miguel allende etc
Fondest memory: www.mexicodesconocido.com.mx
It just really depends. If you want caribbean beautiful beaches then go to Either Cozumel, Playa or Cancun.
Cancun is like a mini Miami
Cozumel is an island and Its busy during the day but very quite at night (good for relaxing)
IF Playa del carmen choose a hotel near the 5th Ave. Be aware that Playa is busy and party city.
Puerto Vallarta is very colonial mountain small city. Very romantic I would say.
Fondest memory: Carribean Ocean is the best ever. I went to snorkel to Punta Venado and it was one of the best places in Rivera Maya and El Cielo in Cozumel.
Just letting you know that weather can be rather difficult to guess. It is the rainy season indeed which means that you can even get hurricanes (there was one in Puerto Vallarta beginning of last october) but you can get sunshine too. I'd be ready for both situations.
On another thought, you might want to download this free Mexico guide I spotted- will certainly help you out http://www.maitravelsite.com/travel-guides/
Oh! As for safety, there is nothing in particular you should do other than what you do back home.
Fondest memory: Chiapas is the palce to see, where you will mingle with indigenous cultures and enter what I think is Mexico's most interesting state. Use San Cristobal as a base camp and explore the area.
MORELOS STATE CARNAVALS
Jiutepec, 17-21 feb
Tlaltizapan, 31 ene - 5 feb
Emiliano Zapata, 2 - 5 feb
Tepoztlan, 2- 5 feb
Tlayacapan, 2 - 5 feb
Yautepec, 8 - 11 feb
Xoxhitepec 15 - 17 feb
LOCAL DIAL NUMBERS , MEXICO PHONE CODES ( ALL MEXICO )
Fondest memory: ...Guanajuato located in the center of mexico one of my favorites cities...
Among the things I do like about Mexico, a few stick out more in mind than others. Firstly, Mexicans are a talkative and friendly people, willing to start up conversations and get to know travelers. I've several times been invited to visit their homes and families only after 30 minutes.
Secondly, while they may not have much in the means of wealth, but they are open with what they have, don't complain about what life gave them and take pride in their clothes despite the occasional tears and lack of designer labels.
The last thing that may not typically be mentioned would be the colors. Homes, cars, building facades, artwork, etc. all have brilliant colors. It is uplifting to the spirit to see vibrant colors instead of the drab ones that you come across in other places of the world.
yeah, any atm that has a visa logo should take your card. b of a is not going to charge you any less though if you do find one there in mexico.
i read online that they are charging 1% of the withdraw amt. for all transactions so that's even better than the $4-5 i stated earlier, depending on how much you're taking out. i have to stress the point though....and i used to have a money "pouch" under my shirt. then i had to reach into my pouch to get the money, and it was obvious...
i KNOW lots of people have money belts, but imo, that just makes you stand out more as a tourist (more than we already do.. we ARE tourists haha). i would just keep some money in your backpack/luggage, locked up at the hostel, and take some in your wallet when you go out. just you know the deal... take common sense precaution with pickpocketers and crows and all that.
but take it or leave the advice. it's just my opinion.
Puerto Vallarta is a small city of about 300,000 inhabitants located on Banderas Bay. (Banderas Bay is one of the largest bays in the world, stretching 26 miles [42 kilometers] from north to south). Puerto Vallarta consists of a pleasant old town situated at the mouth of the Río Cuale, and a modern resort area along the northern beaches. Jungle-clad mountains surround the city, and white beaches stretch around the bay. Nowadays, Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular destinations on the Mexican Riviera.
In the nineteenth century, the site where Puerto Vallarta now sits was established as a point where supplies for silver mines at Cuale and San Sebastian (located inland amid the Sierra Madre Mountains) were loaded and unloaded. At the time, the tiny settlement near the loading docks was called Las Peñas. In addition to the docks, a small fishing industry evolved as part of the town's economy. In 1885, the small port was officially opened to national maritime traffic. And in 1918 it was granted the title of municipality. At the same time, the town's name was changed to Puerto Vallarta, in honor of Don Ignacio L. Vallarta, the governor of Jalisco state.
Up until the early 1960s, Puerto Vallarta was a sleepy fishing village that was virtually unknown to the outside world. That changed almost overnight when the John Huston movie, Night of the Iguana, starring Ava Gardner and Richard Burton, was filmed just south of Puerto Vallarta in Mismaloya.
Because Puerto Vallarta is on the Pacific coast, spectacular sunsets over the ocean are common. In the evenings before finding a restaurant, many people sit along the Malecón, or sea wall, watching the sun set over the water.
If you are there over the weekend, do forget to check-out the rate. We paid about US$165 excl tax...more
Our travel agent told described the accomdations here as luxury but they were a bit less impressive...more
Clean well maintained and on a very nice private beach setting. Several restaurants on the property....more
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