Mexico Off The Beaten Path

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Mexico Off The Beaten Path

  • Isla Mujeres

    Cancún Off The Beaten Path

    It's very possible that 1 of 10 locals will give you a good deal. In our case, we took a recent trip to cancun and went to Isla de las Mujeres, and although fun at first, we quickly found out we were victims of groping and then money snatchers. When you head to Juarez on the R1 get off the first exit where the big boats take off. The second stop...

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  • Cenotes

    Playa del Carmen Off The Beaten Path

    This cenote is in Puerto Aventuras not far south of Playa and can be easily accessed by colectivo, see my tip re transport. It's a beautiful crystal clear cenote, one part is open like a lake, the other is partly covered like a cave. The water is cool about 25' and very refreshing. It's a nice change from the beach, and usually there are very few...

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  • Nearby Towns

    Puerto Vallarta Off The Beaten Path

    As we were driving from our hotel to the restaurant for dinner, I sincerely enjoyed the transition from crowded city to thick foliage and quaint villages. At one point, I said, to noone in particular, "This reminds me of The night of the Iguana." The taxi driver responded, "We are about to enter the village where most of The Night of the Iguana was...

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  • Other Towns

    Cabo San Lucas Off The Beaten Path

    When you are tired of the fast paced Cabo San Lucas, rent a car and head north about 45 minutes to Todos Santos. About 5,000 people live here and is one of only 15 cities in Mexico with the destinctive label of "Pueblo Magico". This "magic town" is filled with great artisans, wonderful jewelry, mouth watering foods and of course many friendly...

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  • Residential Areas

    Tijuana Off The Beaten Path

    "La mona" or "La mujer casa" (the doll or The house women) She looks as the statue of liberty, but is a home. The home of Armando Mu?os and Family. Mu?oz was a dreamer, and made of his dream a house. People from all the world came and offered him money to buy it, but he didn't want them to move it to another country, his dream was made it a kind...

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  • Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island)

    Mazatlán Off The Beaten Path

    When we take the local ferry to Stone Island, we leave from the fishing docks where the local fishermen keep the fishing & shrimping boats. It's quite interesting seeing the area because it probably hasn't changed in recades. You see all the rusted out boats & the local fish market that's on the pier. Hundreds of pelicans are pirched all over...

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  • Beaches

    Acapulco Off The Beaten Path

    Isla de Roqueta. The secluded beach was gorgeous but apparently in the last 2-3yrs the restaurant that you have to pass by to get to that gorgeous beach (a bit rocky, so watch your step and beware of the waves pushing you into waves, but it was quite incredible, totally isolated, etc).Unfortunately, when my friend and i had almost made it back to...

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  • Grutas de García

    Monterrey Off The Beaten Path

    Outside of the city you can find more interesting places Grottos de García (like Caverns): they are at about 40 km. from the city of Monterrey, in the municipality of Garza García. You are arrive to them by a cable car and that travel the 16 rooms of underground formations. Cascada cola de Caballo: is at about 36 km. from Monterrey in the...

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  • Hierve el Agua

    Oaxaca de Juárez Off The Beaten Path

    Hierve el Aqua is a natural sight to see and visit. The scenery is breathtaking to say the least. Surrounded by mountains and valley. The main attraction is the waterfalls, which is not really a waterfall but calcified waterfall, nevertheless from the distance it looks real. At the site there are collections of natural pools and springs water. You...

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  • Cenotes

    Cancún Off The Beaten Path

    We visited Ik Kil after a tour of Chichen Itza. If you have the option to do this (sometimes your tour will offer the stop), go for it! It was one of the highlights of our entire trip. I think entry was only $7 or $10. A pleasant cool freshwater swim after sweating like crazy and climbing around the dusty ruins was perfect. You decend to the...

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  • Sian Ka'an

    Playa del Carmen Off The Beaten Path

    Si'an Kaan is a national park to the south from Tulum, where you can see lots of wildlife. A boat will take you around a huge bay with mostly fresh water. You'll see lots of birds in mangrove brush. Then the boats will take you out to the open sea, and, if you are lucky, you'll see dolphins or turtles or both. After lunch you'll go to coral reefs...

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  • Local Places

    Puerto Vallarta Off The Beaten Path

    be sure to go to BOTH sides of the river (the "rio cuale") and UNDER the two overpasses that cross the river on opposite sides of downtown. a sidewalk between the overpasses has stalls and some things that you may not be able to find elsewhere.

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  • Arts & Crafts

    Cabo San Lucas Off The Beaten Path

    Apparently it's easy to get here if you are with a tour. We weren't. It took us a couple of DAYS (not all day, we tried for an hour and gave up, tried the next day) to find this factory. Finally we took a wrong turn and there it was. They have great stuff and every place you go for dinner has their glasses and plates. It isn't cheap. But for a tip,...

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  • Flags / Monuments

    Tijuana Off The Beaten Path

    This photo shows a south view of Tijuana and includes the giant Mexican flag which flies above the city for all to see. It is about 86 feet wide and 150 feet long and can be seen from the USA side as well as all over Tijuana. Bandera Monumental Plaza is located between La Cetto and Torre de Tijuana. This is not the best photo I've taken, it was...

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  • Siteseeing

    Mazatlán Off The Beaten Path

    At the Cerritos end of the Cerritos/Juarez bus route is a lovely, fairly undeveloped (as of yet!) beach area, Bruja's, with a nice restaurant down one of the side roads, and down another side road are a number of beach palapa restaurants where one can get a nice cold beer for about 15 pesos, roughly $1.30 with a lovely view of the ocean. We haven't...

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  • Cola de Caballo

    Monterrey Off The Beaten Path

    Waterfall Cola de Caballo Buses leave at the central bus station and go about an hour, then a mini bus will take you up to waterfall. To get in without paying the fee walk up the street a bit and take one of the trails leading down on the right hand side.

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  • Mitla

    Oaxaca de Juárez Off The Beaten Path

    Mictlan or it is known Mitla in Spanish is located outside Oaxaca. It is important archeological site of Zapotec culture. The Spanish destroyed Mitla and used it to built Catholic Church of San Pedro, which is standing next to Mitla ruins.

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  • Chichen Itza

    Cancún Off The Beaten Path

    Stoped in a small town on the outskirts of Merida and stayed in a Hacienda. Very different from the usual hotels etc but very interesting and cozy. Took the local transportation. Cost 10 pesos and very efficient for narrow streets. Lots of fun and worth a try. Unforgettable adventure...

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  • Akumal

    Playa del Carmen Off The Beaten Path

    The further south you drive, the less popuated it becomes. Yet you would hardly know this due to the huge facades on the highway announcing that you have reached another sprawling development. In Akumal there are a lot of houses, a few hotels and one of the nicest beaches between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. The water was warm, the people were all...

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  • Festivals/Customs

    Puerto Vallarta Off The Beaten Path

    I wish more people would include the "good" prices they negotiate! I started at the top of the Malecon and worked my way down to the Romantic Zone. The prices were cheaper at the starting end, but I chose a company near the pier. We negotiated a price of 500 pesos (I detest when people give prices in US dollars ~ you are in MEXICO people!), but as...

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  • Beach Activities

    Cabo San Lucas Off The Beaten Path

    Cerritos Beach is (was) an off the beaten path kind of beach but now everyone knows!! About an hour north of Cabo, just before you get to Todos Santos. They have now built a restaurant/beach club there which is nice. You can surf here but as always be cautious! See my Todos Santos tips.

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  • Rosarito Beach

    Tijuana Off The Beaten Path

    Rosarito Beach is not far from Tijuana, about a half hour's drive along the toll road. Once a sleepy seaside village, it has grown over the years with many hotels and restaurants to attract tourists, still it is a small town compared to Tijuana and offers a different perspective. The Rosarito Beach Hotel was the big draw for the rich and famous...

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  • Day Trips

    Mazatlán Off The Beaten Path

    This picture was taken at a Tequila Factory. This site was not ready for tourists yet. Our guide knew the owner, so he took us there. Love the colors. This place will soon (if not already) be part of the Rancho Las Moras trip. UPDATE: Visit Sinaloa's only tequila distillery—La Vinata! Before your tour, stop in the charming rural town of La Noria,...

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  • Bioparque Estrella

    Monterrey Off The Beaten Path

    Bioparque Estrella (Star Biopark) is an atractive free zoo, where people can see african spices in this huge park. Many others activities let to know regional flora and fauna. It is 40 Km south of Monterrey by National higway.

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  • Yagul

    Oaxaca de Juárez Off The Beaten Path

    Getting to Yagul without a tour can take some time, patience, and some walking. The bus the plies the road between Oaxaca City and Mitla and onwards passes within 1.5 kilometers from the archeological sight. The walk uphill is not that bad, but it can be dangerous due to the dreaded heat. Take some water with you!

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  • Xel-Ha

    Cancún Off The Beaten Path

    A wonderful, breath taking experience. If you don't like going in the big ocean to see tropical fish this is the place to go. I is like a large pool just off the ocean where you can go without fighting the ocean swells and seeing some very nice fish at your leasure. It is just south on Cancun. No worry of sharks. Go early in the morning for less...

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  • Beach

    Playa del Carmen Off The Beaten Path

    paraiso beach club is a great place to have happy hr. starts at 3:00 also try their amberjack slightly breaded, delicious & I'm not much of a fish eater, went back twice last trip. when sitting on beach or going to little cantinas we always use Skintastic on our ft. & lower legs. it deters the sand fleas. located calle 14 norte on the beach.sorry I...

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  • Flores Magon (Orphanage)

    Puerto Vallarta Off The Beaten Path

    There is an orphanage that is completely run on donations located 5 minutes outside Vallarta. This is a feel good must for the people out there who truly enjoy making a difference in other peoples lives. The children who live there for all intensive purposes have been abandond by their parents and left to fend for themselves. Before I went there...

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  • Tours

    Cabo San Lucas Off The Beaten Path

    I just returned from Cabo, Mexico and I had a wonderful trip. We stayed at the Fiesta American Grand, which I will have to tell you is a true 5 star experience. It is not just beautiful but the staff, food, pools, spa & service is amazing. While we were there we experienced a once-in-a-lifetime day at Cabo-Dolphins. This is a pretty new attraction...

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  • Food / Drink

    Tijuana Off The Beaten Path

    Avenida Revolucion is the main tourist street of Tijuana. Several blocks to the east is a section called 'Zona Rio.' This was once the path of the Tijuana River that every year, flooded out the shacks and shanties of Tijuana's poorest citizens. Finally, proper--basic--housing was developed and all these people were moved out of the path of the...

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  • Cultural/Historical

    Mazatlán Off The Beaten Path

    Desde los tiempos en que las oficinas aduanales fueron cambiadas del poblado de Villa Unión al Puerto de Mazatlán en el año de 1828, se hizo evidente que se requería de un edificio apropiado que estuviera bien ubicado. Por esas razones y con el apoyo y autorización estatal y federal se construyo este imponente edificio. Inaugurado en el año 1842...

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  • Cuilapan

    Oaxaca de Juárez Off The Beaten Path

    Dusty little one-stop town about 12 kms southwest of Oaxaca. Only reason to come here is to see the magnificent Ex-Convento de Santaio de Apostol, a beautiful historic Dominican monastery. Begun in approx 1555, work stopped in 1560 and never continued! Beyond it is a church, with wonderful 16th & 17th century murals in the cloisters. It's an...

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  • Jungle Tour

    Cancún Off The Beaten Path

    It's a little too far, about 150 KM from Cancun, but it's something I would recommend. Not only you will see the beauty of hundreds of flamingos flying over the waters, but you will face a sanctuary of wild life and marvelous sights. And it will be easy to add the visit to the mandatory trip to Chichen Itza.

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  • Ensenada

    Tijuana Off The Beaten Path

    It takes about an hour driving from Tijuana to Ensenada and you'll pass three toll booths on Ensenada Cuota, each about two dollars. Much of the road hugs the edge of the cliffs and the Pacific Ocean is just below, the scenery is spectacular! Along the way you'll pass many villages but I've only stopped at a few so can't really recommend them....

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  • Monte Alban

    Oaxaca de Juárez Off The Beaten Path

    monte alban is a zapotec ruins outside of oaxaca city. it is beautiful. there are many buildings and original carvings. there is a cave that used to be used as a burial tomb for multiple bodies; you can go inside it. the most magnificent part is the ballfield, which is a huge green expanse. it is positively spooky. the silence surrounds you like a...

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  • Coba.

    Cancún Off The Beaten Path

    Coba has the second largest pyramid in the peninsula. Coba is definitely a nice site with unique buildings among the Yucatan jungle. From the top of the huge pyramid one can see miles and miles of beautiful vegetation and ruins. Check my Coba page for more details.

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  • Tree of Tule

    Oaxaca de Juárez Off The Beaten Path

    Arbol Del Tule nickname tree of life is one of the oldest Cypress trees in the world approximately 1200 to 3000 years old but according to the based on growth rates is 1,433-1,600 years (Wiki). If it can talk what great story can it tell? What amazing tree it has survived all these time. It is beautiful to look at and to me it doesn’t look old....

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  • Tulum

    Cancún Off The Beaten Path

    Monday, January 24, 2005. Hans and I took local buses to TULUM. After making a stop in Play Del Carmen, it was another 39 miles, or 63 Km south. Tulum is Mayan for "WALL" and dates to the period A.D. 900. The seaside archeological site of Tulum was once known as the "City of the Dawn". It is the only Mayan port city ever discovered and features...

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  • Zócalo&Streets

    Oaxaca de Juárez Off The Beaten Path

    In the zocalo it is quite common to be approached by young men, these are the "zocalo boys". They will usually approach a tourist and begin to strike up a conversation. It could even be as simple as "do you speak english?". This allows them to begin to talk and eventually gain the person's trust. This is the way that these people prey on tourists,...

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  • Playa Del Carmen

    Cancún Off The Beaten Path

    After more than a month visiting the beautiful sights of Mexico, I venture into the beach bump county :). I started my beach escapade in the Mayan Riviera, at Playa del Carmen (Playa for short). The Caribbean coast at Playa is definitely the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen in my life, even better then the hyper-commercialized beach of Cancun....

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  • Xcaret

    Cancún Off The Beaten Path

    XCARET is about a 1 hour drive south of Cancun. I was dissapointed with the snorkel tour, but we especially enjoyed floating along the underground river. Note that the water of the river is a bit cold at first, but you soon get used to it. The evening shows are also great featuring a Myan ball game and folkloric dances, however it is important to...

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  • Fishing

    Cancún Off The Beaten Path

    We never went fishing but, we meet some people that caught some huge fish! I bet it would be very fun to go on the Deep Sea fishing charters that Cancun has. Fishing link

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  • LUIS BARRAGAN in mexico city

    this is amazing architect work and life.. LUIS BARRAGANgeneral francisco ramirez 12 col appliacion daniel garza 11840 mexico df 55154908convento de las capuchinas sacramentarias miguel hidalgo 43 tlalpan 55732395IGLESIA CORPUS CHRISTI arboledas edo mexBEBEDEROS arboledas edo mexMUSEO MAQUETAS arboledas edo de mexTORRES DE SATELITE naucalpan edo de...

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  • ERNESTO che GUEVARA in mexico city

    ERNESTO che GUEVARA DE LA SERNA lived in mexico city and met Fidel Castro in the area of downtown of Mexico DF. The book & biography "Ernesto Guevara, también conocido como el Che" of Paco Ignacio Taibo II Pachuca 108 CondesaRio Rhin 43 con su noviaEmparan 49 - C con FidelReg Civil de Tepoztlan ( boda )Napoles 40- 16 depa parejarevillagigedo 47...

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  • CODICE MOCTEZUMA ... great discover

    when you are in elemntary school in Mexico you recive general education about ancient mexican civilizations, when you get older you still feel facinated about our ancestors... other Mexico other people..same land....Recently I discovered in a hidden place of the Palacio de Cortes Museum in Cuernavaca city, one of the greatest pieces, even the...

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