Hey, everyone! Since Brie has been hard at work posting the day-to-day, it’s time that I do something for the blog. So, I will be posting travel tips and things I thought were interesting about each country.
If you go to Mexico City, make sure to go to Xochimilco. It is off the beaten path, but is definitely a must-do. Watch out for price gougers though. A typical fare is $750 pesos and it is regulated by the government, so there shouldn’t be much variation in the price. Also, if you haven’t had a Michelada (a Bloody Mary with beer instead of vodka) yet the best I have had — in Mexico or otherwise — was on the boat in Xochimilco.
Don’t bother paying for a transport and tour package at Chichén Itzá. Check the ADO website and take a coach bus to and from the ruins and then explore the site on your own.
While we weren’t wild about Cancun, one redeeming quality was the Rooster Cafe. It is a nice little hole in the wall place but the coffee and food were great and moderately priced.
As far as getting around Mexican cities, it is always a good idea to check to see if Uber has made it to the area. Same as in the states, Uber is an easier and cheaper way to take a “taxi.” But we weren’t able to find Uber outside of Mexico City and Mérida. On the topic of driving, one of the first things I noticed in Mexico City was the organized chaos of the driving. In the states there are rules that you have to follow. In Latin America, they are more guidelines than rules. Smaller street intersections have no stop signs and rely on a just go-for-it basis. I saw maybe two stop signs in Mexico City (which I found suprising) but absolutely no one decided to stop. While larger streets have stoplights, the most common method to make people slow down are speed bumps. If I could describe the style of driving in a word it would be fluid.
Unless you need to make a lot of phone calls or really think you need to have a data plan, I wouldn’t bother with buying an international phone plan. The What’s App app allows you to call and text while you are connected to Wi-Fi. We have found that most restaurants, cafes and hostels have Wi-Fi that you can connect to and will pretty much keep you connected on the majority of your travels.
If you flew into México and you’re traveling to another country after spending time there, you likely already payed the tourism tax for Mexico in your airline ticket. Be sure to print out the itemized airline receipt before you cross the border so you don’t get double charged. Brie thought she could just show the receipt on her iPhone and they made her pay the fee (more than $20 USD) again at the immigration office.