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Oaxaca de Juárez (Oaxaca City)

After arriving in Mexico City the night before we caught the bus from the Mexico City TAPO bus terminal to the mountain city Oaxaca City. Oaxaca sits at an elevation of 1550 metres above sea level and is the capital of the region of the same name.

We immediately liked Oaxaca, despite the fact our Airbnb left a lot to be desired the city itself is a bright lively city with lovely architecture, good food, friendly people and a number of interesting things to see and do. Oh and the weather was perfect.

Each morning we would wander off to a cafe for our morning coffee (and cake). Lunch time would find us squeezed in among the locals at either the market or in a cafeteria eating mole and drinking fresh fruit juice. At night we would cook our dinner from fresh produce we purchased from the local market.

We visited the museum which is housed in an old convent, unfortunately due to covid restictions there was only one of 23 exhibitions open, but it was still nice to wander around such a lovely building.

Another day we took a mini bus up to the ancient archaeological site of Monte Alban. What an amazing historical site and well worth a visit.

Merida

We flew from Oaxaca to Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula and checked into our AirBnb. The property we stayed in was delightful, a lovely fully refurbished Mexican casa with an “western” kitchen and best of all a fabulous pool.

Merida is a large busy city, very popular with expats and is considered one of the ‘safest’ towns in Mexico. For us it was a little too big and too busy to enjoy fully, we also found the climate far too hot to comfortably explore the city. It is also extremely spread out so it really is necessary to get a taxi or Uber to get anywhere.

We took a day trip to the archeological site of Uxmal which was exceptional. We got there early and pretty much had the place to ourselves. Uxmal was recommended to us by locals as a better option than Chichen Itza which I think was a good recommendation. Uxmal is a large and incredibly interesting site but avoids the extreme tourism that is found at Chichen Itza.

We stayed in Merida for a month, we enjoyed the house we stayed in very much but I doubt we will return to the city.

San Cristobal de las Casas

After a month in Merida we jumped on a bus for an 18 hour trip to San Cristobal de las Cases. After the extreme heat of Merida we were looking forward to cooler weather in the mountains. The large Mexican bus companies do not take the direct route via Palenque to San Cristobal as it is too dangerous with bandits operating in the area, rather they take a circuitous route which takes much longer. We eventually arrived in San Cristobal and checked into our Airbnb, a lovely apartment with views across the town.

We loved San Crisobal de las Casas, the climate is great, we ate authentic Indian, French, Lebanese and of course Mexican. The fresh produce markets and supermarkets are excellent which is perfect if you like to cook at home as we do.

San Cristobal centre is quite small and it is very easy to walk everywhere. We enjoyed our time there very much and will definitely return.

San Miguel de Allende

After our time in San Cristobal it was time to head to our next stop of San Miguel de Allende which is 4 hours north of Mexico City. We caught a bus to Mexico City which took 16 hours. On this leg of the journey we were stopped many many times by immigration checking passengers documents, we were also stopped by the national guard and forced to pay a bribe. It is a reminder just how corrupt Mexico can be, with a fairly high level of risk.

After what turned into an 18 hour bus journey we arrived at the Mexico City bus station we changed buses heading to our final destination of San Miguel de Allende. We had spent nearly 24 hours on a bus and we were shatttered.

We arrived at our Aibnb, a nice modern house in a quiet neighbourhood, dumpd our bags went to a local restaurant for lunch before heading back to the house and crashing for nealy 20 hours.

If you read any blog or article about where to visit in Mexico San Miguel de Allende will be on the list, for me it was like visiting a town in the USA. The main plaza has a Starbucks on the corner and the main supermarket is in a shopping ‘mall’ that could be anywhere in suburban America. A total disappointment for me, but if you want a total  western experience San Miguel is the place for you.

We were in SMA for over a month, the house we stayed in was very comfortable and about half an hour walk to the centre of town however I will not be going back to San Miguel de Allende again.

Mexico City

A quick 4 hour bus ride saw us back in Mexico City for 2 nights before heading to the airport for our flight back to Spain. We didn’t do much in Mexico City. We stayed in the leafy suburb of Condessa, ate a little too many churros and had some tasty Japanese.

Summary

We enjoyed Mexcio, like anywhere there wre some areas we liked more than others. We were blown away by the ancients sites, found the people incredibly helpful and friendly and enjoyed the colouful colonial towns.

We will retun.

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