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 you and within just a couple minutes you are all set with a prepaid Mexico sim card for tourists.
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.
My last stop on my 9 weeks Yucatan Itinerary brought me to the enticing little island of Isla Mujeres. A lovely quiet island with amazing white sand beaches just about 8 miles northeast of Cancun. On my first trip to Yucatan in 2008 I already thought the island was too touristy so last May 2019 I couldn’t be bothered to visit Isla Mujeres again. Eventually it was because I really wanted to try wing diving, one of the best things to do in Isla Mujeres, that convinced me to go.
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. A landlocked quiet and hot town, that stole my heart. For many reasons I visited Valladolid 3 times on my 9 weeks trip to Yucatan. In total I spent 2 weeks here and these are all my Valladolid Mexico travel tips.
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.
While traveling in Yucatan Peninsula for almost two months in the beginning of 2019 I stranded in Valladolid twice. On my first trip to this city I fell in love with the laid-back vibe and it made me come back a couple weeks later. This city is not only about the Valladolid cenotes! Also the many new coffee places, boutique shops, the slow paced life, the friendly people and the beautiful haciendas are reasons to travel to Valladolid.
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.
In March 2019 I visited Yucatan for more than 2 months and saw all the Yucatan Peninsula highlights. But don’t worry this Yucatan itinerary is not gonna last 2 months! To tick off the best things to do you in Yucatan Peninsula will need at least two weeks, but even if you have less time making a road trip is a great idea. You will just have to pick your favorite tourist destinations. With all the tips and links to more Yucatan travel blogs Im sure I can help you.
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.
March 2019 I decided to go backpacking in Yucatan Mexico and of course I bought a sim card to avoid high roaming costs. That is what I would recommend every tourist to do when traveling to Mexico. Buying a sim card in Mexico is easy and straight forward and can save you a lot of money. In this guide I will compare all the available Mexico prepaid sim cards and point out the best one for traveling. UPDATED January 2021!
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.
Beginning of March 2019 I traveled to Yucatan, Mexico for the first time in 11 years. After my first world trip in 2008 I never made it back to this part of the world. Upon arrival I wanted to buy a prepaid Mexico sim card at Cancun Airport, but it was such a mess that I decided to wait and find a Mexico sim card in Playa del Carmen.