Gearing up for this year’s Cinco de Mayo festivities? With the popular May 5th holiday just around the corner, many are dusting off sombreros and planning which parade, festival or bar to drink at this year. But decades before the margaritas and fajitas, there was the Battle of Puebla and Mexico’s unlikely victory: the real meaning behind Cinco de Mayo.
As hungry and excited as you might be to eat your way through Mexico, sometimes the hardest part is knowing what to order. I’ve spent 6 months researching (read: eating) Mexican foods and wanted to share a bit more about the food culture with a beginner’s list of the best foods to try in Mexico and tips on where to find them and when to order them.
I had first read about Isla Holbox, Mexico in a travel magazine that listed the island as ‘this year’s paradise‘. One Google search later and I was convinced: I have to find a way to add Holbox to our itinerary. Wes and I were travelling in Mexico for a total of 6 months and, since we were flying out of Cancun, I thought the island would be a great little treat before heading back to Canada. Funny enough, after reading that article, I kept hearing about Holbox over and over again. It was either from a backpacker in our hostel dorm or a local tour guide or through people’s photos on Instagram. After enjoying a week of basking in the sunshine, swimming in the shallow teal green waters and living the ultimate beach bum life, I can now see why Isla Holbox is rumoured to be the next Tulum. I’m just not sure if that’s such a good thing after all…
Travelling the world on a budget is tough! And I’m not even being sarcastic. Sure, it’s easy in small towns and budget-friendly cities but it can be a challenge the second you arrive at a popular tourist hot spot. It’s a challenge we experienced a lot in Mexico especially visiting places like Cabo, Cancun and even Puerto Vallarta. We try not to let this stop us from exploring these cities because we enjoy the task of finding cheap (and even free!) things to do so that we can share what we learn with other travellers. And since we’ve come to know this resort town quite well, here are 20 cheap things to do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
If you’re looking for a unique experience that really embodies the spirit of Mexico, may we suggest Xochimilco? A visit to these canals makes for a great day trip from Mexico City and can be done on the cheap without a tour. But like most major tourist attractions in Mexico, you run the risk of getting ripped off. To help with that, here’s everything we learned after visiting Xochimilco without a tour.
Visiting popular beach destinations while on a tight budget can be challenging at times and we found this to be especially true in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The coastal town of Tulum may have been a tropical hippie getaway at one point but it’s beautiful blue beaches are a secret no more. The tourists have arrived. After a beautiful week in this former Mayan port, we’re sharing money-saving tips in our budget guide to Tulum for the beach lovers that ought to add this hotspot to the list.