From Mexico City to Tulum: in the footsteps of the Maya's
15 May - 1 June 2004
I had already been thinking about Mexico. I was interested in the Maya temples that are so well known. Temples in the jungle have always been fascinating and they are the scene for movies, video games as well as comic strips. Then my brother suddenly invited me to go with him and within the week, the decision had been made.
So we went with four persons, being my brother, his wife, a friend of his and myself.
The preparation starts with verifying the necessary vaccinations. It's currently adviced to have a DTP-vaccination (diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis) as well as hepatitis A+B and stomac typhoid.
You should have your vaccinations at least four weeks before you leave.
These vaccinations can cost you quite some money, but they are worth it considering the risk you would otherwise take, and they protect you for several years. If you didn't get vaccinations yet, you can estimate the total cost on a small 250€.
Apart from the vaccinations, it's not a bad idea to have medication with you. It's recommended to have a malaria treatment when you visit the Southern part, close to the border with Guatemala. Something against diarrea may also become useful. And at last, you have to get some decent repellent to scare the tropical insects away.
A mosquito net is also adviced.
Then there is the issue of money. It's always a good idea to have several means of payment available.
I have chosen to get a small amount of local money (MXN, Mexican Pesos). Then I purchased travellers cheques in USD (American Express). Then there's still VISA and a regular banking card. This should be enough to pay in all circumstances.
We left in Zaventem 15 May with the Spanish Iberia airlines, landing in Madrid and continuing to Mexico City.
Because it's not an organized holiday, it was not possible to have an exact planning. Each day we will moved on from city to city until we reached Merida. There we took a flight back to Mexico City from where we took our flight back home.
Although Guatemala, Honduras and Belize are often combined with such a travel (the Maya tour), our visit was limited to the Southern part of Mexico. But we have already seen quite some portion of ancient Maya history this way.
Get the locations in Google Earth.
Click on the date in the schedule below to watch the pictures.
On my brother's website you'll find his pictures of our holiday.
|Date : location||Links||Weather|
|15/05 : Brussels (8h10) - Mexico City (17h15)|
|16/05 : Mexico City||1,2|
|17/05 : Mexico City: Teotihuacán|
|18/05 : Oaxaca: the city||1,2|
|19/05 : Oaxaca: Hierve el Agua, Tule tree|
|20/05 : Chiapas: Tuxla Gutierrez (Cañon del Sumidero)|
|21/05 : Chiapas: San Cristóbal & Chamula|
|22/05 : Chiapas: Bus to Palenque, Maya Bell camping|
|23/05 : Chiapas: Yaxchilan and Bonampak|
|24/05 : Chiapas: Palenque ruins, Agua Azul||1,2|
|25/05 : Yucatan: Merida, Celestún||1|
|26/05 : Yucatan: Uxmal|
|27/05 : Yucatan: Chichén Itzá|
|28/05 : Yucatan: Balankanche, Valladolid, Tulum|
|29/05 : Quintana Roo: Tulum|
|30/05 : Flight from Merida to Mexico DF|
|31/05 : Leave Mexico City (20h40)|
|01/06 : Return in Brussels.(18h35)|
Some linksback to travels
Tour blog 22/09 - 22/12 2005
Official tourist site
Chiapas: Palenque, San Christobal, Yaxchillan
Yucatan: Campeche, Uxmal, Merida, Chichen Itza
Mexico links collection
Travel report (French)