Mexico Travel Guides for Backpackers

The best museums in Monterrey!

Monterrey is one of the most important cities in Mexico, next to Guadalajara and of course, Mexico City. If you’ve read some travel guides to my country, you’ll know that we are (thankfully) full of amazing museums. Monterrey is widely known for its modernity and progress, and also as a center for conventions, conferences and summits. But we’ve got our hands full of museums as well! I’ll proudly present to you some of the best places of cultural recreation in the north.  Upon arrival, the first thing that will pop into view is our beautiful mountains. In fact, Monterrey is […]
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A local's guide to Tulum: a jewel of Mexico's Riviera Maya

What the greatest moment of your life? It is not a difficult question, but to answer may not be easy. In my case, this is a moment that lasted 4 months, at 7 time zones away, in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. The Erasmus program and the desire to put myself to the test took me on a plane to the Mexican east coast, where Tulum stands out for its unparalleled beauty, with its important Mayan archaeological complex overlooking the sea. I spent 4 incredible months in Tulum, and during the day, as an archaeologist, I studied the ancient Mayan people of Tulum, […]
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8 places to visit in Monterrey, Mexico

In the northeast of Mexico, just below the Texas border, you can find Monterrey in the state of Nuevo León. Although it isn’t specifically known for its tourism, more and more foreigners are visiting Monterrey as multinational companies continue to settle in this industrial hub. Monterrey has many places that are worth visiting and that will provide you with a good time. From gorgeous mountain views all around to the colonial city center, there is something for everyone. So if you ever find yourself wondering what else to visit in Mexico besides Mexico City or Cancún, head north. These are […]
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Discover the sun, sand and surf of Mexico's beautiful Sayulita!

Never-ending sunshine, beautiful local people, and an endless supply of foraged mangos and coconuts. The longboarding paradise of Sayulita in the Nayarit region of Mexico offers an unforgettable experience for any lucky enough to find themselves there. My time in Sayulita was meant only to be brief. Though once I sat on my board in the stark blue water, looking back on the adorable little coastal village, I knew this wouldn’t be the case.   Waves of Sayulita As I’ve already alluded to, surfing is without a doubt Sayulita’s biggest drawcard. Mexican and international visitors alike come to its little […]
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Explore Mexico: Visit Puebla and its Surroundings

When I told my family I was going to study in Puebla, Mexico, most of them imagined a small “pueblo”. For some reason, in Italy and at least around Europe, not many people have heard of this wonderful Mexican gem. It is not even a small town, the city is the 4rth biggest in Mexico. Visit Puebla is being surrounded by colonial architecture, enclosed by the breath-taking view of the vulcano Popocatepetl, in one of the gastronomic centres of the tasty Mexican food culture. Having lived there, I can assure that visit Puebla, is definitely something you don't want to miss […]
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A day in Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico

Isla Mujeres is the perfect day trip from Cancun, Mexico. Besides from being a change of scenery from the gigantic resorts, is very easy to get there by yourself and very cheap in comparison with the other Cancun tours. Most people go in the morning and return at the end of the day, and one day is enough! How to get there You will need to take a ferry boat from Cancun (or Playa del Carmen), and the trip takes around 1 hour. The ports in Cancun are: Puerto Juárez, Playa Tortugas, El Embarcadero and Playa Caracol, the last three […]
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What is really worth doing in Cancun?

Cancun is a well-known destination in Mexico, famous for the white sand, blue ocean beaches, and big resorts. The city by the Caribbean Sea has so much entertainment that you can stay there for a very long time and don’t get bored. But if you don’t have that much time, what is really worth doing in Cancun? That really depends on your way of traveling, independently if you are a night or day person, if you like history or if you want to spend all day at the beach you will find plenty of things to do, here is my […]
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Cenotes – the Mayan treasure at Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

You may think that the Yucatán Peninsula, in Mexico, is a destination of only all-inclusive luxury hotels by the Caribbean Sea and pool parties all day, that’s not true. The Mayan Riviera has a very rich Maya Culture that is worth exploring, maybe the most famous are the archaeological sites, like Chichén Itzá and Tulum, but the real natural treasure is the Cenotes, deep pools of crystalline water flowing from underground rivers. Cenotes played a very important role in the Maya religious belief system, and to the survival of the people since it was the main water source around there. […]
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Top Five Attractions in Cholula, Mexico

If you want to dive deep into Mexican culture, and history, visit Cholula, —a small town which has gained the esteemed title of pueblo magico— located in the region that was once home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations. Cholula reflects an indigenous legacy, while also containing a rich colonial heritage. This picturesque town stands out as an important cultural center of Mexico for its puzzling Mesoamerican architectural remains, awe-inspiring pyramid, delicious Poblano dishes and drinks, and a strong sense of mestizo culture identity. Located at only 7 kilometers west of the state’s capital, the lesser-known pueblo contains enormous […]
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Best Places To Go Walking Around Tepoztlan, Mexico

If you think it’s hard to find exotic Mexican food like the one you watched on TV, let me tell you the place is just an hour from Mexico City. The mystic energy that came from the mountain that gives its name to the town, it’s vegetarian prehispanic cuisine, and the vast offer of rites to purify one´s soul, are seductive traits for an unconventional traveler. The picturesque of the “Place of the copper ax”, which is what Tepoztlan means, seems to charmingly embrace three dimensions in time: the life of native Mexicans, the architecture of Spaniards during the conquer, […]
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Top 3 Cafes in Oaxaca City

Coffee is a rich part of the gastronomy of Oaxaca and Mexico. A frappe or a shot of espresso can be found almost as easily as a taco or juice stand on almost every busy corner. Here’s a list of my favourite spots that offer a mixture of an excellent brew, absolutely yummy offerings, relaxing atmosphere, great prices and excellent wi-fi! A.M. Siempre Cafe First on the list is A.M. Siempre Café. Popular with locals and expats alike, this café is definitely a must-visit-at-least twice in all of Oaxaca. The promise of 100% organic ingredients is evident in the first […]
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The best local travel guide for Guadalajara Mexico.

Guadalajara is the third biggest city in Mexico and is no wonder every Mexican wants to move to this city. It has so many beautiful places, amazingly delicious food, many great Mariachis, a lot of job opportunities and oh gosh don’t even get me started on the exquisite Tequila and Mezcal.  It’s very simple to move around the city and even though it doesn’t have an excellent metro system it is always easy to access a bus or a cab that can take you to whatever is the place you want to go, but I’ll get into all the details further on. Main […]
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A Mexican Travel Guide – The Unexpected Delights of Mexico City

I will be honest, Mexico City was never at the top of my bucket list. We have done Cabo, been to Cancun, but never ventured into the real Mexico with the assumption that it was a dirty, dangerous dump. How wrong I was! Mexico City quickly became one of my favourite places in the world. Where to Stay in Mexico City: Picking a place to stay can make or break any trip. Mexico City has an abundance of hotels scattered around the city with unique areas filled with character and charm and beautiful in their own quirky ways. Public transport […]
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Mexico´s Famous Wine & Cheese Route

If you are looking forward to traveling to Mexico for more than a week, make sure to check this out of your list. Queretaro’s Wine & Cheese Route, it’s most known for couples who look for a romantic-weekend-getaway. Have some wine and cheese, shop around, and do some sightseeing. Queretaro City is filled with culture, history, and delicious food. Now, I will tell my personal experience as I went with my boyfriend on a planned trip, our favorite places and monuments, along with recommended activities. Planning the Route We verified our budget to go to Queretaro´s famous Wine & Cheese […]
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The Ultimate Chilango Eating Guide

Sight-seeing is exciting but also requires a great deal of energy! So what better way to take a break than in a selection of places that will make you feel like a real chilango*, experience some of the local cuisine and forget all about the Nacho-Burrito-Fajita Combo and the tourist trap places.  Ready? Then follow this Chilango Eating Guide around some of the most important neighborhoods in my beloved Mexico City. Centro This is normally the place where every visit starts because let´s face it, it´s an amazing and never-ending place to be! The Zocalo with its visible historical layers overlapping astonishes you every […]
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What to do in Downtown Cancun

I know those images on your head when you listen to the word, Cancun. The white sand, a sea with those shades of blue so characteristic of the Caribbean, those Miami-like resorts, the shopping malls, and party party party! But Cancun is more than the hotel zone. Taking a walking tour in downtown Cancun is an interesting way of really understanding the place that you are in. In the downtown dynamics, local people (from Mayan roots, Mexicans, international residents) and some tourists converge and everyday life just happens. Markets I personally love visiting markets, where you can see all the exotic fruits […]
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Get to know Monterrey, Mexico

Alright, I know, México is a land of traditions and vivid loud parties (takes one to know one) but believe me when I say that there are these quiet calm moments where you can see the other side of the coin and fall deeper in love with the land beneath your feet. Getting to know an entirely new country takes time, which is exactly why we will be getting to know one single city: Monterrey. Being one of the biggest cities in Mexico, Monterrey prides itself on being an industrialized city working every minute of the day. But, do not let […]
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What you can do in Guadalajara

  You probably wonder what you can do in Guadalajara in a short time, and I´m here to try to help you with some places that you need to know when you go to one part of the country of Mexico Guadalajara is a big city known for the tequila, mariachis and squares and colonial monuments and you will be fascinated. I´ve been in Guadalajara for a short time (only 5 days) for my birthday but I think I need more days for know more about this city because is to big, that in 5 days you will miss places […]
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How to do Pachuca, Mexico, like a local.

Pachuca de Soto Pachuca de Soto, commonly known as Pachuca, is the capital of Hidalgo, a state in central Mexico. With a sprawling population of roughly 250,000, Pachuca has both a big-city feel and tiny-town hospitality. Locals are friendly, street food abounds, and the soft 5’o’clock sun turns the city gold. While not as famous as Mexico City or Cancun, Pachuca holds its own when it comes to sights to see, things to do, and experiences to live. I lived in Pachuca for one year and am very excited to share a little with you about the city that became my […]
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Via Ferrata, Ruta Vertigo in Monterrey

What is Via Ferrata? For those who do not know what Via Ferrata is, it is a protected climbing route that includes several features like steel cables, ladders, suspended bridges, etc. All of these additions, make the entire route easier and more friendly even for new climbers. Via Ferrata can be located in many parts of the world and fortunately, there is one in the beautiful great city of Monterrey, Mexico, which is a city surrounded by canyons and mountains, in the ones you can do several activities. Monterrey is known for being an industrial city but it also well […]
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Michoacan, Mexico: is it safe to visit?

Mexico Travel Advisory According to, “travelstate.gov.” certain areas of Mexico are given a range of levels to determine if its safe to travel for Americans. The list is from 1-4; 1 being the lower end( nothing to worry about) to 4(ye who enters here abandon all hope).  We all see it in the news, anything bad happens whether it be here, Mexico or any other country; bad news sells best. We are drawn to it, we look away but we still listen or peek at the horror. Is that all Mexico is though? Is it just drugs, theft and murder? Or are we looking through a lens of what the […]
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A historic walk through Guanajuato, México

If you are looking for a place to travel full of history, colorful streets and so many things to do: The city is your perfect place. Guanajuato is a city in the state of Guanajuato. I believe that’s one of the reasons this city is so famous; you hear the name once, then the second time it has to get stuck in your head. Even though this city is not the capital of this beautiful state, it is definitely a city you have to visit when you come to Mexico. It is situated in the north center of Mexico and […]
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Taxco de Alarcon: Enchanting Mexican Town Near Mexico City

Taxco de Alarcon is the perfect pueblo mágico in Mexico to fall in love with. Its enchanting streets filled with small-town Mexican culture, food, music and vibes will seduce you and make you want to set up your own little shop and never leave. What Is A “Pueblo Mágico”? I’ve been to quite a few pueblos mágicos (literal translation: “magical towns”) in Mexico. This term was introduced by the Mexican government to define Mexican small towns that give visitors a seemingly magical experience due to their rich cultural aspects, — whether it be the food, colonial-style architecture, historical importance, beauty, or […]
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The best of the Mayan Ruins near Playa del Carmen

Now there is plenty to do in Playa del Carmen itself, but you can’t come to Mexico without exploring at least one of the nearby Mayan ruins. There are three ruins easily accessible from Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum and, my advice? See them all! Each one offers a unique experience and atmosphere, almost a different filter through which you can look back in time. Of course, you may not have time to see them all and so you’ll need to choose. I could tell you my favorite (it’s Coba, definitely Coba) but that may not be […]
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