Cheap One Man Trip to Mexico

Dec 15th, 2014, 06:27 PM
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Cheap One Man Trip to Mexico

I'd like to plan a short trip to Mexico alone. I just finished college and have some money saved up and I'd like to make a trip to Mexico in under $5000. I would really appreciate any suggestions for hotels, transportation, cities to visit, and what to do during the days. Thank you for your input!! Airfare and all has gotta be in the $5000 and its just me traveling alone.
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Dec 15th, 2014, 06:59 PM
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Short trip means how long? 4 days? 2 weeks? $5,000: Dollars? Pounds? Pesos? Beaches? Ruins? Colonial cities? Hotels? Hostels? Do you know any Spanish? Help us out. Mexico is a BIG country.
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Dec 15th, 2014, 07:56 PM
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You might want to look at the Moon Guide and/or the Rough Guide.
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Dec 16th, 2014, 08:25 AM
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Also, where are you coming FROM? Are you (or do you want to become) a diver?
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Dec 16th, 2014, 10:35 AM
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The budget is no problem. But how long do you want to go for? Are you interested in major cities, small towns, colonial cities, beaches, what?

Your idea is completely do-able and relatively easy to plan but you don't give us enough to even get you started.
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Dec 17th, 2014, 05:25 AM
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I spend less then that in a 3 month visit.
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Dec 17th, 2014, 03:20 PM
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Hi all, sorry for the lack of information, I created this posting in a rush.

Im living in Albany, New York and I'd like to fly into Cancun and I'm looking for a trip in April? Unless someone can suggest a better time of year to visit, I'm pretty flexible.
I was thinking the trip could be anywhere from 6-10 days.
My budget is 5000 US Dollars
I'd like a clean hotel thats in a central part of town and/or close to the beach if possible.

Im interested in colonial cities and historic sites. Museums and ruins would also be interesting. I'm not a skilled diver but scuba diving sounds fun. I can always book the small things like that once I'm there though. And of course, I would spend a couple days on the beach.

Let me know if there is any other information I have to plan out
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Dec 17th, 2014, 03:21 PM
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In Mexican Dollars, my budget is 68,090
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Dec 17th, 2014, 03:30 PM
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Instead of staying in Cancun, I suggest you look at smaller (more interesting) towns along that coast... Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, etc.

www.locogringo.com is a good website to use for planning in this area.

Again, your budget is huge for the trip you describe.

As a point of reference I recently went for two weeks in Puerto Vallarta and my total cost was $2500USD (that was $72/day pocket money, plus a roundtrip nonstop flight from Seattle, and a very nice studio condo.
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Dec 17th, 2014, 06:39 PM
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Sounds like you are living pretty high Suze. LOL
I average under $30 a day after plane/housing.
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Dec 17th, 2014, 06:40 PM
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I think you would be hard-pressed to see all of the kinds of things you hope to see from a single base, but with 6 to 10 days you can see a lot if you select 2 or 3 different bases. Again, I urge you to consult some good guidebooks.
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Dec 17th, 2014, 08:08 PM
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Colonial Cities: The big one is Merida, beautiful and historic, and also quite lively on weekends, when they shut the downtown to traffic and music fills the air.

Next is probably Valladolid. Much smaller and quieter, but offers easy access to Chichen Itza and Ek Balam, as well as a cenote.

Ruins: Apart from the two mentioned, you can easily visit Uxmal and the Puuc cities from Merida.
If you decide to stay on the beach, you can still visit the ruins at Coba and Tulum, and take a rather long bus ride to Chichen Itza.

I'm not a diver, but the snorkeling is good at Playa and Akumal.

With your budget you could easily extend your stay to two weeks and see most of these sights.
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Dec 17th, 2014, 08:43 PM
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Good summary, Fra_Diavolo! I'd add that snorkeling from Puerto Morelos might be worth considering.
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Dec 17th, 2014, 11:11 PM
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I'd go for at least 10 days if you can - the more, the merrier! I'd head to Tulúm for some beach plus the Tulúm and Cobá Maya sites (try to hit them each 1st thing in the morning); we stayed in town and loved walking to restaurants and produce stands. I dove the reef and cenotes from Tulúm - very cool - and we snorkeled more cenotes and with sea turtles at Akumal.

Then Valladolid - cute and closer than Mérida for a quick trip; visit Chichén Itzá 1st thing in the morning and don't miss Ek Balám, a favorite of ours. Straight north in San Felipe there are 1000s of flamingos and great tarpon fishing. If you still have time, Isla Mujeres is a nice stop.

My photos with blog, travelogue, and review links on the main page of each collection are below in case you're interested - all my recommendations are embedded there.
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Stewbear, Of course it can be done cheaper than my nice Puerto Vallarta vacations. But I only have 1-2 weeks, not months to travel, so a shoe-string budget is not necessary.

My point is that his $5000 budget is HUGE for the type of trip he's asking about.
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Dec 18th, 2014, 03:37 PM
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I might suggest a little different itinerary: If you are interested in colonial cities, museums & historic sites, consider flying into (or out of) Mexico City. Maybe spend 3 days before moving on to Cancun, if you took your full 10 days. Volaris flies direct for a little over $100 US. April begins the hot season in Mexico, and a few days in the DF would be cooler than the colonial cities of inland Yucatan.
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Dec 20th, 2014, 05:46 PM
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We are going to Oaxaca for a week in January. We will spend about $2,400 everything included and we are not particularly looking to go on the cheap. In other words you can either live very well or spend a whole lot less. Note April will be very hot but may a good time to find bargains. With your budget you could do the beach and fly somewhere else, maybe Oaxaca City, for a colonial city and still have cash left over. I would check out good travel guides and hone in on what you want to do and where you would like to go.
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