Top 5 Reasons to Backpack Mexico
Top 5 reasons to backpack Mexico…. Only 5?! We could easily give you 50! Even after 6 months of dragging our tattered backpacks around Mexico it still feels like we only scratched the surface. Mexico, a country rich with both cultural history and contemporary traditions, is a must see location with anyone keen on backpacking through Latin America.
Look beyond what you think might be classical Mexican food in tacos, nachos and burritos (not that they alone aren’t delicious); Mexico has so much more to offer. From the fancy restaurants of the cities to the tiny street vendors all over country, the selection of choices in Mexico is mouth-wateringly massive. Of course there’s lots of corn based products, cheese and deep-frying, but there’s also a lot of fresh veg products on offer for the health conscious travelers out there.
Check out of our personal favorites; sopes, bombas, elotes and quesedillas!
Who wouldn’t like to kick it on the Pacific Coast for a couple of months doing nothing but surfing, catching rays, eating fresh seafood and drinking cocktails? Luckily for you it’s totally possible in Mexico! And you don’t have to spend a fortune making it happen. If you can travel in the quieter months you’ll score a cheap beach rental and be able to make your dream a reality! Tap into your inner beach bum and pack that bag today.
Mexico’s coast is also home to a number of wicked surf spots, so if you’re up for a wave don’t forget to pack your board. They vary in level of difficulty so there’s always something for everyone.
Pack your spandex and Lucha Libre mask, it’s show time! Wrestling is at the heart of Mexican culture, with its awesomely terrible acting, corny story lines and epic rivalries. Catch weekly shows in the capital and believe us, you won’t be disappointed. Mexico City puts on a wicked show of lights, music and atmosphere to make it a certain show stopper. Otherwise jump at any opportunity to watch it around the country. It almost gets better the poorer the production.
Aztec, Mayan, coast, desert or jungle; take your pick with Mexico’s selection of ancient ruins. Take an Indiana Jones-like trek through the jungle of Palenque, scale the heights of Tenochtitlan or cruise though the coastal remains at Tulum. Each set of ruins tells their own unique story of Mexican heritage and history.
Forget Man on Fire’s portrayal of Mexico City, where kidnappings and police corruption run riot, the country’s capital is fast becoming a booming hub of culture, art, music and nightlife. With an exceptional public transport system (that costs next to nothing) you can jet around the city and check out all the amazing sites with ease. Be sure to check out the Museum of Anthropology, the historical plazas of the city center and cultural sites like Frida Kahlo’s house and the Diego Rivera murals, just to name a few.
Think we missed something? What else would you add to the list?
22 thoughts on “Top 5 Reasons to Backpack Mexico”
Wish I could go to Mexico right now! Great photo’s Jules & Christine :)!
Thanks Manouk, glad you like them!
Looks awesome! Glad to hear it’s not all fried food and corn-based products too, that alone is enough of a reason for my to want to travel there :p
Nope, all though there is a lot of that there! But if you go to the markets, you can find lots of fresh fruit and veg! Yum!
Mexico is certainly on the list. No fear there! I love the idea of the culture, atmosphere and food
Awesome! People are so scared of Mexico but its such an amazing country!
Wonderful piece, and incredibly convincing. You make it sound like a fantastic place to go and I am tempted (though not sure about backpacking with the kids!)
Thanks, glad you liked it! I think Mexico can be done with kids but you’d probably have to go a step up from ‘backpacking.’ Not sure how a kid would react to living in a hostel! Haha!
Well, I’m sold! I think that will fit nicely into my January to June plans. 🙂 I really want to see one of the Libre fights!
Awesome! Definitely check out a Lucha Libre, it was awesome!!
The friendly people!
The beautiful small colonial towns.
The mild climate in most parts of the country.
That it’s cheap (by South American standards).
The variety of landscapes.
Biggest minus: the trash along the roads, particularly rural roads.
Yea, the trash was no fun, especially seeing people throw it from the bus windows 🙁 But good list for everything else!
Mexican food, cocktails, ancient ruins… Sounds like some pretty good reasons for visiting!
Definitely! Check it out!
I love Mexico! I lived there for 2 years and absolutely loved the people, culture and most of all the food! Great post and super reason to get out and travel Mexico – the ruins were always my fave – especially Tulm sitting right on the water! Thank you for sharing!
Wow, thats awesome! What part did you live in? Mexico is one of our favorite countries! It’s so gorgeous and fun!
Just two reasons were enough for me. Food and the ruins 🙂
Yeah you don’t need too much convincing for Mexico, it’s just the best!
Mexico is on our list for our next big trip!
Definitely make it a priority! Still one of our favorites, and probably where we’ll end up again next year 🙂
Sí sí sí! Mexico City is reason enough, even Lucha Libre and fantastic public transit aside. It’s ENORMOUS with a great international vibe and something to do for everyone. I meant to take a three-week break when I arrived here in February and ended up spending the whole rainy season here!
Also don’t forget to check out the ‘pueblos magicos’ (magical villages) sprinkled all over the country and eat in traditional fondas!
Yes Mexico has that kind of pull! We’ve got plans to go back there early next year because it’s just such an amazing spot! Loved Mexico City, but our heart is on the Pacific coast! Glad you’ve been having fun!