If you’re of an adventurous spirit and you don’t mind going without luxuries and comforts, then grab your backpack and get touring Mexico with only the very basics at hand. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience where you’ll come across the most diverse landscape and towns with quality, traditions and wonderful food that will make your “backpacking” vacation an opportunity to try it all without having to squeeze it into an itinerary. This is the real Mexico.
You can choose to spend the night on some remote Pacific beach or at an upbeat hostel in a city center or magical village where you can also meet travelers like yourself who have chosen Mexico as the place live out their big adventure. Share secrets about Mexico’s natural and cultural riches and advice on how they can be discovered on a budget.
One of the greatest pleasures that Mexico has to offer its visitors, and one which backpackers enjoy most, is the explosion of senses at its indoor and outdoor markets, where you can stand or sit down to authentic Mexican food and drink at really cheap prices. You will also get the chance to interact with the locals, farmers and artisans, who will share unique places and experiences with you. For example, if you’re travelling through the south-east of the country, be encouraged to take a rest in a hammock; ask a local to show you how to enjoy its sweet comfort to the full.
Camping out on Mexican beaches will give you the most intimate experiences of nature. In rural communities and magical villages you will also find remarkable places where you can set up camp and spend the night under the starts.
- If you need help finding your destination, ask a number of people for directions before setting off again to make sure that the information you are given is correct.
- Although the prices of items are fair, you might need to haggle a little, for example with taxi drivers without a meter who charge by the approximate distance of journeys.
- Be careful with Street numbers. Always ask for a nearby place or shop as a reference point.
- If you are visiting museums and archaeological zones, be aware that almost all of them have entrance fees, including on Sundays, and that opening hours tend to be between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- Bus prices vary depending on the class you travel in. First class buses will generally have air conditioning and will offer refreshments. Second class is similar, with air conditioning but not including a snack. Third class buses will normally be more crowded with not all passengers having a seat; you might need to stand for a few stops during the ride.
- Hostal Moneda: Calle Moneda No 8, two blocks from the Zocalo
- Hostal Cathedral: Republica de Guatemala 4
- Hostal Guadalupe: Av. Juarez 409
- Hostal Paulina: Trujano 321
- Hostal Lo Cosmico
- Hostal Lyoban
- Palapas las rockas
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
- Albergue la Casa de Gladys: Calle Cintalapa 6
- Hostal Backpackers: Real de Mexicanos 16
- Campamento El Pachan: Entrada al Parque Nacional de Palenque
- Hostal Mayabell: A 500 metros de la zona arqueológica
Tulum, Quintana Roo
- Cabañas El Mirador: Boca Paila Km. 0.7
- Cabañas Punta Piedra: Carretera Tulúm -Boca Paila Km. 4
Cancun, Quintana Roo
- Hostal México: Palmeras No 30
- Hostal Poc Na: Matamoros No 15
- Hotel Hidalgo: Madero 11 Poniente
- Albergue de la Juventud: Av. del Ejercito Eepublicano
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
- Hotel Alcatraz: Relox 54
- Hostal San Miguel: Organos 34
- Casa de huespedes: Mesones 150
- Casa Kloster: Alonso 32
- Hotel Marilu OrdazÑÑ Barranca 34
Nuevo Leon, Monterrey
- Albergue de la Juventud
Av. Madero Oriente, Parque Fundidora
- Hotel Posada
Juan Méndez 1515 Norte
- Hotel San Fernando
21 de marzo 926
- Hotel Lerma
- Hotel Vialta
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
- Youth Hostal
Av. de la juventud s/n. Cabo San Lucas
San José Del Cabo, Baja California Sur
- Camping y cabañas Brisa del Mar
Ruta 1, a 3 Km. del sudoeste de San Jose
Loreto, Baja California Sur
- Hotel Villa del Mar
Zaragoza, cerca del centro deportivo
La Paz, Baja California Sur
- Hotel Yeneca
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
- Hotel Azteca
- Hotel Cartagena de Indias: Madero 428
- Albergue de la juventud 1
Prolongacion Alcalde 1360
- Albergue de la juventud 2
Prolongacion federalismo y Lázaro cárdenas
Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca
- Hotel Mayflower