The Best of the Best
Pueblos Magicos, Beaches, Food, and Indigenous Culture
After spending 7-weeks in Mexico, we wanted to share our top 10 adventures with you. Most of them we did. Others we could not fit in, but wished we had the time.
Being a foodie in Mexico has been easy. We’ve loved the local food throughout Mexico, but particularly the Chiapan and Oaxacan restaurants which we found to be good or better and less expensive than those in more popularly visited destinations.
Some restaurants to check out: El Peruano in Parque La Huasteca in Nuevo León (for some unreal Peruvian ceviche) and Cocoliche (Mixtos), La Peregrina (Yucatecan) and Nostalgia ‘Sabor Istmeño’ (Oaxacan) in San Cristobal De Las Casas, Chiapas.
The cross country and enduro mountain biking in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range is awesome, even compared to places like Colorado and Utah where we typically ride.
The paragliding in Valle de Bravo is world class, making it a destination for paragliders from all over the world, even if you fly tandem with an instructor.
We aren’t nudists, but we nevertheless loved the hippie vibe of relatively undiscovered Zipolite Beach which is also great base from which to explore the wilder parts of the Oaxaca Coast.
We loved the beautiful colonial buildings and streets, friendly people, great food and slow pace oof the pueblos magicos including Oaxaca, San Cristóbal de Las Casas and Valle de Bravo. We’ve also heard good things about San Miguel de Allende and Taxco.
The dives in the cenotes of the Yucatan are amazing. You’ll need a PADI Open Water certification to do these dives. Some are deeper (requiring deep diving experience) or more technical (requiring good buoyancy). Our favorites include the Angelita, Dream Gate, the Pit and Tajma Ha. These are harder dives but they are unforgettable.
Whether you are in an overland vehicle or a tent, there are lots of great campgrounds in Mexico. All of them can be found on iOverlander. Our favorites include: ‘Rancho La Mesa’ in Patzcuaro with a great view over the lake and town, ‘Rancho San Nicolas’ in San Cristobal de Las Casas with “the best shower in Mexico,” ‘Maya Bell’ in Palenque with Howler monkeys and pitchers of fresh juice, and ‘Yax Ha’ in Chetumal with spots on the ocean. But along with a bunch of smaller and more obscure spots like these, the most amazing campground in the middle of a cactus forest was Botanic Garden, Helia Bravo Hollis.