Mexico People & Culture

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People in Mexico 
Mexico City, Mexico City & Surrounds, Mexico
Everybody says Mexico City is an extremly dangerous city, but from my experience I can tell you, that as long as you don't run around in expensive clothes and shoes without any jewelry, noboy will do you any harm. Actually it's the opposite: Mexicans are warm hearted people how are very proud of their country, and especially of Mexico City, and like to share their knowledge of it with everybody!

Very important to see, besides the usual things you can read in every guide, are the different markets in different parts of the town (especially the "TEPITO" market. Also very interesting are the little Taco Bars in the streets. Don't think about what to eat. Just eat and then ask!
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Mexico City, Mexico City & Surrounds, Mexico
buldog cafe the coolest place in town- young people, live rock bands. expensive cover (27us$)- but cool drinks
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Punta Maroma, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
I just got back from this place! wow, what a nice spot. The people in this part of the Mexico were just the friendliest, most sincere people I've ever met, and they just couldn't do enough for us. And although English is widely spoken, some knowledge of Spanish goes a long way.

The ruins were beautiful, and although I had a mild interest in swimming in the cenotes (underwater limestone caves), I HIGHLY recommend one cenote in particular: Dos Ojos (two eyes). And make sure you take/buy an underwater camera with you. The colour of the water as the sun streams through the cave opening and into the water is STUNNING.

We rented a car through the resort where we were staying (70$ US/day) - unlimited mileage, but make sure you can drive a car with standard transmission.
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Chichen-Itza, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Hi! If you don't care much for crowds or if it's not imperative for you to take a tour. I suggest that you rent a car and drive to Chichen-Itza. For about 40-60$ a day, you can bank in the Chichen-Itza and the Coba ruins in a day. My friend and I rented a car early in the morning at 7:30, were on en route to Chichen Itza and arrived there at about 10am. The drive was safe and we got to drive through little towns scoping out arts and crafts. When we got to Chichen Itza, the entrance fee was 101 Mx Pesos which is about 10$. There are guides that will give you the tour of the place for about $50. But we didn't really see the point of that. We were able to catch some of what the guides were saying to other groups while we were scoping the different ruins. In reality, the site is so spectacular that you don't really want to pay attention to anyone talking. If you know what I mean. Make sure to leave Chichen Itza by 1:30 if you want to make it to Coba with Ample time to see the Coba Pyramid (the highest in all of the peninsula)and go up on it. Yes, at Coba you can still go on the ruins during your visit. The entrance to Coba was 51 Mx Pesos about 5$. Make sure to rent a bike unless you want to hike in the heat like we did with my friend. Over all, during our whole day we spent $95 for a trip to Chichen Itza and Coba, including gas for two people... a real bargain.
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Puerto Vallarta, Central Pacific Coast, Mexico
Very friendly people, great resorts. Beaches tend to be small. Lots of activities to do such as quading.
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Mexico Culture 
Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca State, Mexico
There is a really fantastic new organization called Fundacion En Via (www.envia.org) that is running microfinance tours to help women living around Oaxaca get out of poverty. You meet with local women who are applying for their loans and then En Via uses 100% of the groups' tour fee to give them women interest-free microloans. It is a phenomenal way to get to connect with local women and get a very inside look at life in Oaxaca, and also a concrete way to give back. The best thing I've done in Mexico!
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Mexico City, Mexico City & Surrounds, Mexico
If you are a woman traveling to Mexico be prepared to endure attention from men. Remember that you will be functioning in a "machismo" culture. Have a few choice phrases prepared in Spanish to use on the street. Always let folks know where you are traveling within the country side.
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Mexico City, Mexico City & Surrounds, Mexico
It is the centre of Mexico. The top in art, culture, economy, and everything you can imagine lives here. Unfortunately, pollution and public safety problems undermine it's awesome touristic potential.
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Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
steeped in history, look into this place if you are interested in mayan culture. nice sea views too
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Coyoacan, Mexico City & Surrounds, Mexico
Coyoacan is a beautiful place where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's blue house is located. It is also home to many artists, tourists and bohemians who are interested in displaying, selling or buying jewelry, art pieces, and incense. It's a great place to visit outdoor cafes and talk politics or simply enjoy yourself.
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Mexico Arts & Recreation 
Puerto Vallarta, Central Pacific Coast, Mexico
A very nice city to stay on vacations. Excent food and drinks at Resorts.
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Veracruz, Central Gulf Coast, Mexico
If you want to have a tipical diner in Veracruz go to Boca del Rio, a town a few kilometers south following the sea road. There are typical restaurants where you can enjoy the local music while having your food.
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Guanajuato, Northern Central Highlands, Mexico
The best time to visit Guanajuato is during the Festival Cervantino, sometime in September. The town is full of students and musical groups giving it a unique atmosphere
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Veracruz, Central Gulf Coast, Mexico
Veracruz one of the greatest Historic Horbour of Mexico has a great Gastronomy, you can't stay at Veracruz and don't forget trying with the Fish a la Veracruzana great dish with Tomatoe, olive, Chile Ancho, Onion basically, then you need to go to the jetty and drink a Coffe in "La Parroquia" it's delicious, well and don't forget the night life it's great to dance caribbean music
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Isla Mujeres, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
You can arrive to this island easily from Cancun. The hotel's organize one-day trips. I reccomand you to have this trip with mexican people (there are also trips just for strangers). You arrive there with a big boat, with music margarita drinks (in the morning!). There it will be the possibility to take a picture with a small shark and to enjoy in a beautiful beach with a wonderful sea. In the trip is included an abundant mexican lunch
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Mexico Sports 
Isla Mujeres, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
the funnest way to see this island is to rent a golf cart for the day and zip around. dont miss out on el garafon and its zipline and snorkeling!
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Chichen-Itza, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Hi! If you don't care much for crowds or if it's not imperative for you to take a tour. I suggest that you rent a car and drive to Chichen-Itza. For about 40-60$ a day, you can bank in the Chichen-Itza and the Coba ruins in a day. My friend and I rented a car early in the morning at 7:30, were on en route to Chichen Itza and arrived there at about 10am. The drive was safe and we got to drive through little towns scoping out arts and crafts. When we got to Chichen Itza, the entrance fee was 101 Mx Pesos which is about 10$. There are guides that will give you the tour of the place for about $50. But we didn't really see the point of that. We were able to catch some of what the guides were saying to other groups while we were scoping the different ruins. In reality, the site is so spectacular that you don't really want to pay attention to anyone talking. If you know what I mean. Make sure to leave Chichen Itza by 1:30 if you want to make it to Coba with Ample time to see the Coba Pyramid (the highest in all of the peninsula)and go up on it. Yes, at Coba you can still go on the ruins during your visit. The entrance to Coba was 51 Mx Pesos about 5$. Make sure to rent a bike unless you want to hike in the heat like we did with my friend. Over all, during our whole day we spent $95 for a trip to Chichen Itza and Coba, including gas for two people... a real bargain.
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Isla Mujeres, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
La Isla Mujeres, or the Isle of Women, is a fun little island for a day-trip while you're in Cancun. It's not nearly as crowded or loud as downtown Cancun is. There are also and abundance of hand carved and painted wooden animals, fish, turtles and people which make great, yet inexpensive, gifts.
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Bahia de los Angeles, Baja California, Mexico
South of Ensenada, you'll find this quiet fishing village on the Sea of Cortez. It's a great beach for fishing, kayaking, or just sleeping under the stars. You can also go to see the 10,000 year old Indias de Montevideo rock paintings, but make sure to bring plenty of water for your hike! You can get a good meal at Guillermo's.

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Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Do go cave snorkeling Don't go with EDventures...you will get killed on the mexican highway trying to drive to tulum
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Food in Mexico 
Mexico City, Mexico City & Surrounds, Mexico
Everybody says Mexico City is an extremly dangerous city, but from my experience I can tell you, that as long as you don't run around in expensive clothes and shoes without any jewelry, noboy will do you any harm. Actually it's the opposite: Mexicans are warm hearted people how are very proud of their country, and especially of Mexico City, and like to share their knowledge of it with everybody!

Very important to see, besides the usual things you can read in every guide, are the different markets in different parts of the town (especially the "TEPITO" market. Also very interesting are the little Taco Bars in the streets. Don't think about what to eat. Just eat and then ask!
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Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Go visit Tijuana..it is such a very different place when compared to cities in the United States.
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Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
don't accept invites to "a show" cash only - leave everything $100 in the hotel safe when you venture out
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Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca State, Mexico
There is a really fantastic new organization called Fundacion En Via (www.envia.org) that is running microfinance tours to help women living around Oaxaca get out of poverty. You meet with local women who are applying for their loans and then En Via uses 100% of the groups' tour fee to give them women interest-free microloans. It is a phenomenal way to get to connect with local women and get a very inside look at life in Oaxaca, and also a concrete way to give back. The best thing I've done in Mexico!
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Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
One of the best beaches ever !!
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Mexico Government 
Mazatlan, Central Pacific Coast, Mexico
The last time I was in Mazatlan, I was visiting during Spring Break. I wasn't Spring Breaking... in fact, I was there on business. After speaking with the locals, it became apparent that the local government was trying to turn Mazatlan from a tourist party town to a quiet tourist vacation spot. The city is clearly suffering. Between that and new passport requirements for U.S. citizens, the town is lacking in it's typical student Spring Break cash infusion. There weren't many people there at all.
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Mexico Economy 
Mexico City, Mexico City & Surrounds, Mexico
It is the centre of Mexico. The top in art, culture, economy, and everything you can imagine lives here. Unfortunately, pollution and public safety problems undermine it's awesome touristic potential.
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Isla Cancun, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
When riding the bus on the strip, don't get off after the tourist spots. LOL.. I made that mistake, I was just going to walk back as it was only 1 stop..
But the bus driver would not let me get off the bus and turned it around to drop me off at the clubs and stuff. He said he didn't want me to encounter trouble. I assured him I could hold my own, but he was pretty adamant about my not getting off, he said hurt or dead tourists is bad for their economy. So I will advise you to get off on time.. LOL.... Tks to the bus driver...
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Taxco el Viejo, Central Pacific Coast, Mexico
Taxco is known for it's history, and for it's silver. It is easy to access, I recommend taking a 1st Class bus though, it's only $3-4 more than the economy bus. Start with the Mining Museum, and then wonder along the streets, lined with shops selling silver. Some silver items have price tags and others are weighed in front of you for the price. Don't worry, the price of sterling silver is extremely resonable. The restaurants were great, especially the ones on the plaza. Don't miss Santa Prisca, the main church in town. The Alexander von Humboldt Museum, is very informative. If you are not staying the night, make sure to make it back to the bus station on time.
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