Spend Quoted in: MXN / GBP / USD
Length of Stay – 40 days / 39 nights
Amount Spent – Mex$51,599.60 / £2205.11 / $2744.66
Average per Day (For 2 People) – Mex$1,290 / £55.13 / $68.62
Exchange Rate at Time of Visit – £1 : Mex$23.4 / $1 : Mex$18.8
Dates – 01/03/2017 – 09/04/2017
Our Route: Lima, Peru > Mexico City > Merida > Valladolid > Tulum > Playa del Carmen > Isla Mujeres > Havana, Cuba
Types of Transport: 6 Buses / 19 Taxis / 1 Flight / 4 Ferry’s / 9 Collectivos / 4 Uber’s
Hours Spent Traveling on Buses / Collectivos: 12 Hours and 45 Minutes / 0.53 Days
Where We Stayed: 1 Hostel / 5 Air B n B’s
Favourite Place: We Can’t Choose!
Worst Place: Merida
Accommodation – Mex$23,693 / £1012.52 / $1260.27, (Mex$607 / £25.96 / $32.31 per night) – 45.9%
We found great value Air B n B’s in all areas except Valladolid. The hostel there was very good and as a bonus included breakfast. Our favourite Air B n B had to be in Tulum where the location was great and we had a near perfect set up there. Our least favourite was definitely Playa del Carmen, it was a small studio which felt quite dark and dingy.
Transport – Mex$6,039 / £258.08 / $321.22 – 11.7%
We took so many different types of transport in Mexico. We flew from Mexico City to Merida to save us an extra long bus journey. The short bus journeys between the towns in the Yucatan were all on nice air conned buses. To get to a lot of the attractions we needed to take taxis or collectivos but compared to other countries these were reasonably priced. The metro in Mexico City was great to get around, but we avoided rush hour at all costs after being jammed on peak trains in Medellin and Santiago. We did not want those experiences again especially after watching youtube videos of Mexico City rush hour.
Activities – Mex$4,327 / £184.91 / $230.16 – 8.4%
We did so many great activities and there were many more we could’ve done. There were loads of ruins to visit everywhere we went, we visited Teotihuacan Pyramids, Chichen Itza and Tulum Ruins. We loved going to the cenotes. We went to 7 different ones and was amazed each time, we could’ve happily gone to more. The most fun was probably renting out a golf cart and whizzing around Isla Mujeres. In Mexico City there was an abundance of museums, we could only manage 2, they were really interesting. We also got to see a wrestling match and watch Mexican Folkloric Ballet, an experience Jak is in no hurry to repeat.
Eating Out – Mex$6,486 / £277.18 / $345 – 12.6%
After months and months of plain chicken with rice and salad we couldn’t wait to try some Mexican cuisine. We were off to a great start in Mexico City where there was food stalls galore, each full with cheap delicious food. As we continued down to the Yucatan prices increased but the food still tasted great.
Cafes, Snacks & Treats – Mex$3,256 / £139.15 / $173.19 – 6.3%
As always there was a fair amount of coffee consumed. There was also a fair few visits to the bakery where Jak couldn’t believe how cheap some of the cakes were. The convenience stores, Oxxo, were on every corner and Jak found himself having a daily coke and snickers. Oh and we probably had a few too many packets of crisps, everything was just way too affordable.
Groceries – Mex$3,187.10 / £136.20 / $169.53 – 6.2%
Mexico’s supermarkets were so good compared to where we’d been. It was so much cheaper and finally we had come somewhere with a great selection of everything. We could get freshly made corn tortillas for next to nothing, they had amazing mangoes and it was the first time we bought mushrooms throughout the whole trip.
Alcohol – Mex$919 / £39.27 / $48.88 – 1.8%
We had a couple of drinks here and there while relaxing on the beach and soaking up the atmosphere in one the main squares. Other than that the majority of our alcohol consumption happened when we met up with our German friends where we finally tried our first proper Mexico tequila.
Miscellaneous – Mex$3,692.50 / £157.80 / $196.41 – 7.2%
Now that we were nearing the end of our trip we decided it was time to begin filling our bags with souvenirs. For preparation for the beach and cenotes we bought a couple of snorkel masks, towels and a beach umbrella. They all came in extremely handy.